Firm nears deal to settle Sept. 11 claim

Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which saw 658 of its 1,000 employees killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, has nearly completed a settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers, according to documents filed in federal court.

A final signed agreement may be ready by Tuesday, Cantor Fitzgerald attorney John Stoviak told Judge Alvin Hellerstein in a Thursday proceeding.

Stoviak told the judge the amount of the agreement will be made public after court approval, expected next year. Cantor originally sued for more than $1 billion in damages after the attacks, in which hijacked airliners crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers.

Cantor Fitzgerald’s headquarters were on the top floors of the north tower, which was struck by American Airlines Flight 11. The firm accused American of negligence in allowing hijackers to board the plane. American responded that it couldn’t have predicted such an attack and that it followed federal security regulations.

— Associated Press

Man who shot ailing wife gets leniency

An Ohio man convicted of fatally shooting his ailing wife in her hospital bed was sentenced Friday to six years in prison and plans to seek clemency from the governor.

John Wise, 68, has said he shot his debilitated wife out of love in August 2012 after she suffered aneurysms and appeared to be in pain at an Akron hospital. Mercy is not a defense to a murder charge in Ohio.

The sentence issued by Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Mary Margaret Rowlands was in line with prosecutors’ recommendation that the Massillon man receive a lighter punishment than the minimum 23 years on his most serious conviction, an aggravated murder count.

— Associated Press

Jury convicts man in arson that killed 9

A federal jury on Friday found a man guilty of setting a blaze that killed nine people in the deadliest house fire in Cleveland’s history, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

Antun Lewis, 29, was convicted of arson and faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced in March.

Lewis had been convicted two years ago of arson, but had been granted a new trial.

Lewis was accused of using gasoline to set a fire that killed Medeia Carter and eight children, ages 7 to 14, who were attending a birthday sleepover in 2005.

— Reuters

WWII vets, both 107, meet to swap stories

When 107-year-old World War II veteran Elmer Hill looked across the table at Richard Overton, he could hardly believe there was a living veteran older than he was — even if only by a few months.

Hill met fellow centenarian Overton, thought to be the oldest living U.S. World War II veteran, for the first time Friday over lunch at an Austin senior citizens center, where they swapped war stories and longevity tips.

“He’s 107? I better move my [birthday] up a little bit,” Hill told reporters at the meeting arranged by the center.

Overton is about three months older than Hill. They had never met before, but both had traveled along similar paths.

Both men grew up in the segregated South. Both passed through Hawaii on their way to combat duty in the Pacific, where they served in segregated units. After the war, they both settled down in Texas, about 220 miles apart.

— Reuters