- - Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CALIFORNIA

BURBANK — The body of an FBI agent who vanished more than two months ago was found near his home in Burbank, authorities said Tuesday.

Steven Ivens, 35, was found by two hikers in a wooded area behind a church on Monday, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. His gun was found near his body.

The cause and time of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Mr. Ivens was being treated for depression and was said to be distraught at the time of his disappearance, authorities said.

A massive air and ground search was unsuccessful after Mr. Ivens walked away from his home on May 10 with his keys and his service weapon. His wife, Thea, later made a public plea for him to return home.

Mr. Ivens is survived by his wife and 1-year-old son.

NEW YORK

Iran, al Qaeda, Talibantold to pay $6B for 9/11

NEW YORK — A federal judge has ordered al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran to pay $6 billion to relatives of Sept. 11 victims for aiding in the 2001 terror attacks.

The ruling is largely symbolic because it would be nearly impossible to collect any damages.

But plaintiff Ellen Saracini told the Daily News that she is happy about Manhattan Federal Magistrate Judge Frank Maas’ ruling Monday. Her husband, Victor, was the captain of one of the planes that struck the World Trade Center.

Last year, District Judge George B. Daniels signed a default judgment on the lawsuit brought by family members of 47 victims. He found al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran liable and asked the magistrate to determine damages.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denied any Iranian connection in the attacks.

WASHINGTON

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