- - Tuesday, August 7, 2012

NORTH CAROLINA

RALEIGH — The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes.

Documents unsealed Tuesday in a U.S. district court in North Carolina said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to settle 17 violations.

The list of violations includes possessing automatic weapons in the United States without registration, lying to federal firearms regulators about weapons provided to the king of Jordan, passing secret plans for armored personnel carriers to Sweden and Denmark without U.S. government approval and illegally shipping body armor overseas.

Federal prosecutors and law enforcement agents said the agreement settles a long and complex case against the company, which has held billions in U.S. security contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

COLORADO

2 die, 15 hurt in apartment building fire

AURORA — Two people were killed and 15 injured in a fire that engulfed an apartment building in the Denver suburb of Aurora, forcing some residents to jump from the four-story building as neighbors rushed to help.

After the fire broke out Monday night, a man dropped a boy, thought to be about 2, from the fourth floor into the arms of Oterian Scott, the Denver Post reported. The man then jumped into a canopy that neighbors moved next to the building.

Mr. Scott, 25, said he and a friend held up an extension ladder so it would reach a woman on the fourth floor. He said she managed to climb down the wobbly ladder.

Fire Capt. Allen Robnett said numerous people were rescued with ladders.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. Firefighters were looking into a witness report that someone with a gas can left the building, Capt. Robnett said.

The apartment building is near the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, where some victims of last month’s Aurora theater shooting were taken and where suspect James Holmes studied. It’s also about a block away from Mr. Holmes’ apartment, but Capt. Robnett said there’s nothing to indicate a connection with the shooting.

CONNECTICUT

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