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2013-04-24T00:00:00Z Around the nationFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
April 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

California

2 women to split $4M in mistaken shooting

LOS ANGELES - The city of Los Angeles reached a $4.2 million settlement with a mother and daughter who were injured when police mistakenly opened fire on them while they were delivering newspapers during the manhunt for disgruntled ex-cop 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 Los Angeles 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 guarding the Torrance home of a target named in an online Dorner manifesto blasted at least 100 rounds at their pickup. Hernandez was shot in the back, and Carranza had minor injuries.

'M*A*S*H' regular Allan Arbus dies at 95

LOS ANGELES - Allan Arbus, who played wise - and wisecracking - psychiatrist Dr. Sidney Freedman on TV's "M*A*S*H," has died at age 95.

Arbus' daughter Arin told the Los Angeles Times Tuesday that her father died of congestive heart failure at his L.A. home Friday.

Arbus didn't begin acting until his 40s. He was a television regular who appeared on several series but was best known as Freedman, who counseled shell-shocked army surgeons on a dozen episodes of "M*A*S*H" between 1973 and 1983.

Illinois

More rain is expected for soaked Midwest

PEORIA HEIGHTS - More rain on Tuesday was the last thing flood fighters across the Midwest wanted to see, adding more water to swollen rivers 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, though mostly farmland was affected.

The Mississippi and Illinois rivers have crested in some places, but that doesn't mean the danger is over. The National Weather Service predicts a very slow descent, due in part to the additional rain expected to amount to an inch or so across several Midwestern states.

Nevada

Vegas taxi drivers overbilled by $15M

LAS VEGAS - A Nevada state audit of practices by Clark County cabdrivers has given new meaning to the term "being taken for a ride" - to the tune of nearly $15 million.

Under scrutiny was a practice known here as "long hauling," in which drivers take an extended route by freeway to the Strip from McCarran International Airport, when local streets could cut the time and the cost. The practice added an average of $10 to each fare.

A report by the legislative auditor, released Monday, found that in 2012 cabbies running up the meter by taking the scenic route to and from the airport cost nearly 1.5 million fares an estimated $14.8 million.

Pennsylvania

3 charges dropped against abortion doc

PHILADELPHIA - A judge tossed three of eight murder charges Tuesday in the high-profile trial of an abortion doctor accused of killing babies prosecutors say were born alive at a clinic they dubbed "a house of horrors."

Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, still faces the death penalty if convicted on four remaining counts of first-degree murder involving babies he's accused of killing with scissors after they were born alive.

Judge Jeffrey Minehart apparently felt he had not heard sufficient evidence from prosecutors that those three babies were viable, born alive and then killed.

Wire reports

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