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Eric Garner's family accepts $5.9M settlement from New York

Eric Garner settlementNew York City on Monday agreed to pay $5.9 million to settle a suit brought by the family of Eric Garner, a man who died after being placed in a chokehold by police last year.

Nearly one year to the day of Garner's death, his family, including widow Esaw Garner and his mother, Gwen Carr, agreed to accept $5.9 million in a deal arranged by City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Earlier in the day, they refused $5 million to settle their $75 million lawsuit.

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New Horizons makes closest approach to Pluto

New Horizon fly byThe New Horizons space probe was scheduled to come within 7,800 miles of Pluto, providing NASA scientists with the clearest photographs and most detailed measurements they've ever seen of the dwarf planet.

"It's been an incredible voyage... This is true exploration," John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science, told reporters after the probe's scheduled flyby. "Pluto has turned out to be an extraordinarily complex and interesting world."

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Large Hadron Collider discovers new pentaquark particle

hadron ColliderScientists at the Large Hadron Collider have announced the discovery of a new particle called the pentaquark.

It was first predicted to exist in the 1960s but, much like the Higgs boson particle before it, the pentaquark eluded science for decades until its detection at the LHC.  The discovery, which amounts to a new form of matter, was made by the Hadron Collider's LHCb experiment.

The findings have been submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters.

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Son of Boston Police capt. charged in connection with ISIS terrorism plot

Alex CiccoloA man from Adams has been arrested and charged in connection with a plot to engage in terrorism on behalf of ISIS.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms. The criminal complaint was unsealed on Monday.

Ciccolo is the son of Boston Police Captain Robert Ciccolo, who was one of the first responders to the Boston Marathon bombing. Capt. Ciccolo is in charge of the Boston Police Department's 911 call center. He has served with the department for more than 25 years.

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Napkin-eating broker at center of $5.6m insider trading scheme avoids jail time

SECA stockbroker who helped orchestrate a multimillion-dollar insider-dealing scheme by passing on secret tips written on napkins – before eating them – will be spared jail, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said on Monday.

Frank Tamayo acted as middleman in the $5.6m scheme by collecting insider information written down on napkins, which he allegedly took to show another broker at Grand Central station. Once the second broker had memorised the information – usually stocks ticker symbols – Tamayo would eat the paper to dispose of the evidence.

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Russian barracks collapse kills 23 soldiers near Omsk

Russian barracks collapseA section of a Russian military barracks has collapsed, killing 23 soldiers, near the Siberian city of Omsk, officials say.

A further 19 servicemen were rescued. Some have been flown to Moscow for medical treatment. All of those killed were conscripts, with some reports giving the age of the youngest victim as just 18.

Investigators are examining whether repairs carried out on the building in 2013 are linked to its collapse.

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Obama Commutes Sentences For Dozens Of Nonviolent Drug Offenders

ObamaPresident Barack Obama announced Monday that he has granted dozens of federal inmates their freedom, as part of an effort to counteract draconian penalties handed out to nonviolent drug offenders in the past.

The 46 inmates who had their sentences reduced represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of inmates who have applied. The U.S. Justice Department prioritizes applications from inmates who are nonviolent, low-level offenders, have already served at least a decade in prison, and would have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted today, among other factors.

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Pentagon readying plan to lift transgender ban

PentagonPentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.

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Documents: US agents knew of 'El Chapo' escape plots in 2014

federal policeU.S. drug authorities knew of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's escape plans about a month after his arrest last year, according to internal Drug Enforcement Administration documents obtained by The Associated Press.

The internal DEA documents reveal that drug agents first got information on escape plans in March 2014, about a month after Guzman was captured in the seaside resort town of Mazatlan, Mexico.

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