April 23, 2013
california
L.A. to pay $4 million over police shootings

Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with two women who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them during the manhunt for disgruntled former police officer Christopher Dorner, officials said Tuesday.

The money will be split evenly, with $2.1 million going to each woman, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney’s office. The agreement must still be approved by the city council.

Margie Carranza and her 71-year-old mother, Emma Hernandez, were delivering papers around 5 a.m. on Feb. 7 when LAPD officers blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was shot in the back and Carranza had minor injuries.

— Associated Press

west virginia
Court backs EPA on coal firm’s permit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had the legal authority to retroactively veto a water pollution permit for one of West Virginia’s largest mountaintop removal coal mines years after it was issued, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling in a case that has economic implications across coal country and potentially the nation. The case goes back to the U.S. District Court for further proceedings.

The appellate court directed Judge Amy Berman Jackson to address the coal industry’s argument that the EPA’s action was an “arbitrary and capricious” violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, an issue she has not previously ruled on.

In January 2011, the EPA revoked a permit that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had issued four years earlier to St. ­Louis-based Arch Coal and its Mingo Logan Coal Co. subsidiary.

— Associated Press

weather
Midwestern rivers
to remain high

More rain on Tuesday added more water to swollen Midwestern rivers that are now expected to remain high into next month.

Floodwaters were rising to record levels along the Illinois River in central Illinois. In Missouri, six small levees north of St. Louis were overtopped by the surging Mississippi River, although mostly farmland was affected.

The Mississippi and Illinois rivers have crested in some places, but the National Weather Service predicts a very slow descent, thanks in part to the additional rain expected to amount to an inch or so across several Midwestern states.

— Associated Press

Woman, 70, sentenced in insurance scam: A 70-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to 1 ½ years in prison and ordered to pay more than $315,000 in restitution for defrauding insurers by faking deaths and staging sham funerals while she worked at a Los Angeles mortuary. Jean Crump was one of several people involved in the elaborate scheme to bilk insurance companies out of $1.2 million, authorities said.

Schools get bulletproof whiteboards: A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting on Tuesday unveiled bulletproof whiteboards that can be used as a shield in an emergency. The Rocori School District has acquired nearly 200 of the whiteboards, made of a material touted by its manufacturer as stronger than that in police-issue bulletproof vests.

— From news services

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