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NY financial firm announces $135m 9/11 settlement

Posted: 12/17/2013 - Financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which lost two-thirds of its employees in the Sept. 11 attacks, revealed a $135 million settlement with American Airlines and insurance carriers on Tuesday to a judge who said it will end the final airplane-focused case resulting from claims of wrongful death and personal injuries.

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Putin: Russia to buy $15 billion in Ukraine bonds

Posted: 12/17/2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday opened his wallet in the battle with the European Union over Ukraine's future, saying Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and sharply cut the price of natural gas for its economically struggling neighbor.

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NY WWII vet's lost medals returned to his family

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A Purple Heart medal and other military decorations awarded to a World War II veteran have been returned to his daughter after the items were found in an old desk drawer in a county office building in western New York.

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Budget bill moves toward final passage in Senate

Posted: 12/17/2013 - A bipartisan budget bill that would ease some but not all of painful budget cuts that would otherwise slam the Pentagon and domestic agencies passed a pivotal test in the Senate on Tuesday.

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Delta flight slides off taxiway at Wis. airport

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A Delta Air Lines flight carrying 60 passengers slid off a taxiway in the snow after arriving at Wisconsin's Dane County Regional Airport. No one was hurt.

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Report: Marine shooter had suffered brain injury

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A military investigation has found that a Marine who fatally shot his ex-girlfriend and a colleague before killing himself at the Quantico Marine Corps base should have received better psychological care.

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Family: Make Iran talks contingent on Levinson aid

Posted: 12/16/2013 - A lawyer for Robert Levinson's family says the Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran helping to find the missing CIA contractor.

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Oscar winner Joan Fontaine dies

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine, who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray, died Sunday. She was 96.

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NH man may get higher charge in double fatal crash

Posted: 12/15/2013 - A former Fortune 500 executive told police he was depressed and aiming to kill himself when he drove his full-size pick-up truck across a grassy highway median, went airborne and crushed to death a young Vermont couple expecting their first child in January.

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Hearings set for Pa. newlyweds in Craigslist death

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Separate preliminary hearings are slated next week for the Pennsylvania newlyweds police say fatally stabbed a stranger they lured through Craigslist because they wanted to kill somebody together.

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Indian gay activists protest top court's ruling

Posted: 12/15/2013 - Hundreds of gay rights activists have gathered in the Indian capital to protest a decision by India's top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex.

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'Hobbit' trounces box office foes

Updated: 12/15/2013 - Per studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros. "Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" was No. 1 at the weekend box office with $73.7 million, besting last weekend's No. 1 film, Disney's animated fable "Frozen."

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'Lawrence of Arabia' star Peter O'Toole dead at 81

Updated: 12/15/2013 - Known on the one hand for his starring role in "Lawrence of Arabia," leading tribesmen in daring attacks across the desert wastes, and on the other for his headlong charges into drunken debauchery, Peter O'Toole was one of the most magnetic, charismatic and fun figures in British acting.

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China's moon rover leaves traces on lunar soil

Posted: 12/15/2013 - State media reports that China's first moon rover has touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.

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Agriculture the most promising market for drones

Updated: 12/14/2013 - While Americans are abuzz about Amazon's plans to use self-guided drones to deliver packages, most future unmanned aircraft may operate far from large population centers.

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