Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Briefs

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NYC settles over chokehold

New York City has reached a settlement with the family of Eric Garner for $5.9 million, almost a year after he died in police custody. The family filed a notice of claim in October, the first step in filing a lawsuit against the city, asking for $75 million.

Garner, 43, was stopped on July 17 outside a convenience store for selling loose cigarettes. A video shows Garner being taken to the ground in what appears to be a chokehold, banned by police policy.

Garner, who had asthma, is heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" 11 times before he loses consciousness. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

Pluto bigger than thought, NASA says * Little Pluto is a little bigger than anyone imagined. On the eve of NASA's historic flyby of Pluto, scientists announced Monday that the New Horizons spacecraft had nailed the size of the faraway icy world. Measurements by the spacecraft set to sweep past Pluto on Tuesday indicate the diameter of the dwarf planet is 1,473 miles, plus or minus 12 miles. That's about 50 miles bigger than previous estimates.

Teen girl found after plane crash * A teenage girl who survived a small-plane crash in Washington state emerged from the wilderness after hiking "for a couple of days" and was picked up by a motorist, authorities said Monday. But the fate of her two step-grandparents, Leland and Sharon Bowman of Marion, Mont., who were also on board, remained unclear. Family members alerted authorities after the Beech A-35 failed to complete its flight from Kalispell, Mont., to Lynden, Wash., on Saturday afternoon. Rescuers narrowed down a search area based on cellphone data and typical flight patterns. But there was no sign of the aircraft or its occupants until Autumn Veatch, 16, followed a trail to Highway 20, near the east entrance to North Cascades National Park.

Clerk's error let alleged killer buy gun * A jail clerk made a mistake when entering information about the location of a drug arrest for South Carolina church shooting suspect Dylann Roof, the first in a series of missteps that allowed Roof to purchase a gun . …

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