Freelance writers seeking compensation from publishers for the reprinting of their work in online databases without permission asked a court on Friday to approve a revised settlement that would remove a cap on the compensation they could receive. The proposed deal came after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York threw out an earlier settlement in 2011 as unfair because it shortchanged authors who did not register copyrights on their works. In the newly drafted agreement, signed by all the parties involved except one company going through bankruptcy, the original $18 million settlement cap will be eliminated on what writers can receive for their archived work, which includes articles that go back to the 1980s. "The revised settlement provides a substantial benefit: millions of dollars in cash payments to class members who submitted valid claims," said the filing with the U.S. District Court for southern New York.
DALLAS (AP) — It was the same time, 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22. It was the same place, downtown Dallas.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Transportation Security Administration officer killed by a gunman at Los Angeles International Airport was shot 12 times, with bullets grazing his heart and piercing his bladder and intestines, according to an autopsy report released Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after setting off an uproar among travelers opposed to in-flight phone calls, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Chairman backtracked, saying he personally isn't in favor of calls on planes.
By Nate Raymond and Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. jury convicted three men on Friday in a massive kickback and fraud scheme while implementing a new payroll system for New York City that eventually cost more than $600 million. Mark Mazer, 50, who was accused of playing a central role in the fraud, was found guilty on all six counts including conspiracy to defraud the city, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit bribery. The jury also convicted Dimitry Aronshtein, 53, Mazer's uncle, and Gerard Denault, 52, a former employee at lead contractor Science Applications International Corp, on charges including conspiracy to commit money laundering. Five other defendants had already pleaded guilty to aiding the scheme, including Mazer's wife, mother and cousin, while two others charged in the fraud remain at large and are considered fugitives.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - Pellet guns and other toy weaponry should not be allowed to look like the real thing, a California lawmaker said Friday, vowing to introduce a bill to ban such replicas following the accidental killing of a 13-year-old boy by sheriff's deputies. The proposal by State Senator Kevin de Leon would require imitation guns and rifles, including those used in civilian mock battle games, to be brightly colored, rather than in dark tones that make them look authentic. "When officers must make split second decisions on whether or not to use deadly force, these replica firearms can trigger tragic consequences," said de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat who tried but failed to get a similar bill through the legislature in 2011. Citing the accidental killing of teenager Andy Lopez Cruz on October 22, De Leon promised on Friday to reintroduce his bill when the legislative session reopens in January.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has declined to act immediately on a request to close a factory that residents say is stinking up their Southern California city with spicy smells produced by the manufacture of the popular hot sauce Sriracha.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The son of one of the world's most-wanted drug lords was arrested at an Arizona border crossing to face drug-trafficking charges in the United States, authorities said Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The company that employed the Washington Navy Yard shooter pulled his access to classified material for two days in August when mental health problems became evident, but restored it quickly and never told Navy officials about the withdrawal, The Associated Press has learned.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time has enforced environmental laws protecting birds against wind energy facilities, winning a $1 million settlement Friday from a power company that pleaded guilty to killing 14 eagles and 149 other birds at two Wyoming wind farms.
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, people paused from Dublin to Dallas to remember the slain president of the United States. Collected here are some of memories of Kennedy and the day he died, shared with AP reporters around the globe.
By Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was charged on Friday with misdemeanor assault for allegedly kicking and stomping his girlfriend at the couple's Denver condominium last month, prosecutors said. The Russian-born Varlamov, the starting goaltender for the National Hockey League franchise, was charged with one count of third-degree assault, according to Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's office. Varlamov, 25, surrendered to police after the woman reported that she had been kicked in the chest, stomped and dragged by the hair inside the couple's downtown Denver residence on October 28. According to an affidavit filed by Denver police in support of the arrest, the alleged victim told a friend before she was attacked that she feared being assaulted by Varlamov after he had been drinking.
By Ronnie Cohen SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) - An elderly pin-up photographer convicted of killing four Northern California prostitutes with double initials in the so-called "Alphabet Murders" was sentenced to death on Friday by a judge who called him "evil." Joseph Naso, 79, will be the oldest convict to arrive on San Quentin State Prison's death row since California reinstated capital punishment in 1977, a prison spokesman said. Marin County Judge Andrew Sweet called Naso a "ruthless, pathological predator" before condemning him to death for murdering the four women and dumping their scantily clad bodies in remote locations between 1977 and 1994. California has not executed a convict since 2006, when a federal judge halted executions, saying a three-drug lethal injection risked causing inmates too much pain and suffering before death.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The woman who was driving a car filled with children when it veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp and plunged into 9 feet of water did not have a valid driver's license, authorities said.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A judge sentenced a man to death Friday in the decades-old killings of four women with matching initials, saying the serial killer has "made this world a worse place."
The family of an 85-year-old California retiree and Korean War veteran detained by North Korean authorities during a trip to the reclusive Asian nation publicly appealed to Pyongyang on Friday for his safe return home. The man's wife, Alicia Newman, said in a statement that relatives of her husband, Merrill Newman, have had no word on the state of his health, whether or not medications sent to him were delivered or why he was detained. "The family feels there has been some dreadful misunderstanding leading to his detention, and asks that the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) work to settle this issue quickly and to return this 85-year-old grandfather to his anxious, concerned family," she said.
By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The son of an 85-year-old California retiree and Korean War veteran who was detained by North Korean authorities last month during a trip to the reclusive Asian nation said on Friday he has had no communication with his father since then. Jeff Newman also told Reuters in an interview his family remained concerned about the health of his father, Merrill Newman, and does not know whether heart medication sent to North Korea on his behalf had reached him. The son's comments came as a State Department official in Washington told reporters that North Korea had confirmed through diplomatic channels its detention of a U.S. citizen but did not identify the individual being held. Experts on North Korea expressed surprise that an elderly American on a sightseeing trip - one of hundreds of U.S. citizens who visit that country every year - would be singled out for detention simply for having served in the Korean War.
PHOENIX (AP) — A scandal in which 6,000 child-abuse complaints in Arizona were filed away and never investigated illustrated what advocates say is a tragically common problem across the U.S.: Many child-protection agencies have crushing workloads and inadequate oversight.
Three California university students accused of taunting their black roommate with racial slurs and references to slavery, once trying to clamp a bicycle lock on his neck, have been charged with hate crimes in an incident that has roiled the campus. The three freshmen have also been suspended from San Jose State University, in Northern California east of the tech hub of Silicon Valley, where student protests erupted this week after the accusations came to light. Logan Beaschler and Colin Warren, both 18, and Joseph Bomgardner, 19, have been charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Erin West said.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A family spokesman says two of the children rescued from a pond after a car veered off a suburban Minneapolis highway ramp are improving.