- - Thursday, November 29, 2012


STAMFORD — A settlement agreement calls for a woman disfigured in a chimpanzee attack to receive about $4 million from the estate of the animal’s now-deceased owner, according to documents obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

Attack victim Charla Nash’s brother filed the lawsuit on her behalf in 2009 in state Superior Court seeking $50 million in damages from chimp owner Sandra Herold, who died in 2010. Ms. Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after being mauled outside Ms. Herold’s home in Stamford in February 2009.

Lawyer Brenden Leydon, representing Ms. Herold’s estate, said the case is “resolved” and was “a fair compromise on all sides.” A lawyer for the Nash family, though, said the money obtained is “an insignificant amount” considering what Ms. Nash went through.

Ms. Nash, 57, now lives in a nursing home outside Boston.


Suspect surrenders in string of eco-terrorism fires

One of the three remaining fugitives in a string of fires set by environmental radicals in Oregon, Colorado and California surrendered to authorities Thursday after spending years hiding out in Canada.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Ore., said Thursday that Rebecca Jeanette Rubin, 39, turned herself in to the FBI at the Canadian border in Blaine, Wash.

Ms. Rubin was part of a cell of the Earth Liberation Front known as the Family, based in Eugene, Ore., authorities said. She was sought on charges that she took part in setting fires at the Vail ski resort in Colorado, at a timber company office in Medford, Ore., and at federal wild horse corrals in Eastern Oregon and Northern California.

Ten others pleaded guilty in 2007 to conspiracy and arson and were sentenced to prison. Two others remain at large.


Video of police officer’s kindness sparks online sensation

NEW YORK — A tourist’s snapshot of a New York City police officer giving new boots to a barefoot homeless man in Times Square has created an online sensation.

Jennifer Foster, of Florence, Ariz., was visiting New York with her boyfriend on Nov. 14, when she came across the shoeless man asking for change in Times Square.

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