August 29th, 2013
04:14 PM ET

NFL and ex-players reach deal in concussion lawsuit

The National Football League has reached a "historic" settlement with thousands of retired players who accused the league of deliberately concealing the dangers of head trauma, the case's mediator said Thursday.

The deal calls for the NFL to pay $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and their families and litigation expenses, according to a court document filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.

The agreement still needs to be approved by the judge assigned to the case, which involved more than 4,500 former players.

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Filed under: Health • Pro football
August 29th, 2013
05:06 AM ET

Why some countries stick with Syria

Even as much of the outside world sees Bashar al-Assad as a ruthless tyrant, the Syrian president still has some powerful friends.

So why do Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and China support a regime accused of slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians? Here's where each stand on their controversial ally.


Filed under: U.S. • World
August 29th, 2013
05:03 AM ET

Yosemite hikers escape the flames

They were on a 10-day trek through the wilderness, just four guys and six llamas. Expecting to commune with nature, they instead faced its sheer, raw power when their hike was cut short by the huge wildfire ravaging northern California.

David Hermanson, a 30-year-old artist and air conditioner repairman from the San Diego area, knows Yosemite National Park like the back of his hand.

"Me and my dad have been hiking Yosemite every year since I was seven," he said.


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
August 29th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

India nabs terrorism suspect Yasin Bhatkal

Indian intelligence agencies have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, one of the country's most wanted terrorism suspects, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Thursday.

Bhatkal is believed to be a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, a militant group banned in India and listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.

Intelligence officials arrested him Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar, near India's border with Nepal, Shinde said.


Filed under: India • Terrorism • World
August 29th, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Texting someone driving in New Jersey illegal

We've all heard the dictum: Don't text and drive. Now, a New Jersey state appeals court has an addendum: Don't text a driver - or you could be held liable if he causes a crash.

Kyle Best was behind the wheel of his pickup in September 2009 driving down a rural highway, when Shannon Colonna sent him a text.

The two were teens at the time. He was 18; she was 17, and they were dating. They sent each other 62 texts that day, according to court documents. That's 14 messages an hour.

In the opposing lane of traffic, David Kubert was cruising along on a big, blue touring motorcycle with his wife Linda along for the ride. They approached Best at exactly the wrong time.

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Filed under: Accidents • Courts • Justice • Lawsuit • New Jersey • U.S. • World Update
August 29th, 2013
03:12 AM ET

Blood worms in water supply of Oklahoma town

The people of Colcord, Oklahoma, might need something a little stronger than Brita filters to remove the impurities from their drinking water.

Blood worms - small, red insect larvae - have been appearing in water glasses and filters in the rural town.

Authorities have warned Colcord's 800 residents not to drink, cook with or brush their teeth with the worm-infested tap water.

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Filed under: Oklahoma • U.S.