(Reuters) – Penn State University agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, settling the bulk of claims in a major step to move beyond a scandal that upended one of U.S. college football’s most lucrative teams.
The university said in a statement it reached the settlements in the wake of Sandusky’s conviction in June 2012 for sexually abusing boys while he was an assistant football coach and after he retired.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lou Reed, the pioneering songwriter and musician behind the influential rock band Velvet Underground, which fused art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at the age of 71, his literary agent said.
Reed, best recognized by mainstream audiences for his 1972 solo hit “Walk on the Wild Side,” died at the Long Island home he shared with his wife, Laurie Anderson, following complications from a liver transplant he underwent earlier this year, his agent, Andrew Wylie, said.
(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped his legal opposition to same-sex marriage on Monday, making his state the 14th to legalize gay marriage but angering social conservatives who might be crucial to his presidential ambitions in 2016.
Proponents of gay marriage celebrated the end of their 11-year campaign and opponents criticized Christie for his reversal, saying he risked losing the Republican Party presidential primary, which tend to be strongly influenced by conservatives.
(Reuters) – Science was put on hold, normally bustling stores went quiet and families depending on government aid feared losing their baby food as a government shutdown rippled across the country.
The budget impasse in Washington shut all but essential U.S. government services for the second straight day on Wednesday, while neither political party appeared willing to budge.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The “war on drugs” has not been won, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told the United Nations on Tuesday, exhorting the world body to add teeth to a special session on drugs in 2016.
“Right here, in this same headquarters, 52 years ago, the convention that gave birth to the war on drugs was approved. Today, we must acknowledge, that war has not been won,” Santos told world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, referring to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday criticized the United States for spying, using the opening speech at the U.N. General Assembly to announce Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications.
Rousseff last week called off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for October over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on Brazil and Rousseff’s email.
NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The Clash may have proven true
the rock ‘n’ roll axiom that it is better to burn out than fade
away. Now they are attempting to show that no matter how a band
exits the stage, it can always come back with a box set.
Punk originals who went on to explore forms of reggae, jazz
and rap, the band basically broke up just when they hit their
commercial peak with the 1982 album “Combat Rock,” their fifth
and final studio album after bursting onto the scene with their
eponymous first record in 1977.
NEW YORK, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Americans will commemorate the
12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with solemn ceremonies
and pledges to not forget the nearly 3,000 killed when hijacked
jetliners crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and
a Pennsylvania field.
The 12th anniversary on Wednesday may not capture the same
attention as others, such as two years ago, when the 10th
anniversary was also the first following the death of Osama bin
Laden from a May 2011 raid by U.S. forces in Pakistan.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A juror in the George Zimmerman trial on Wednesday called for changes in the self-defense law that she said gave her no option but to find Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday that stirred further debate in the case, which captivated the U.S. public and triggered lengthy discussions about race, guns and self-defense laws.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of George Zimmerman were originally split whether the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin amounted to murder, but most agreed it was Zimmerman, not Martin, calling for help in the background of an emergency call, a juror told CNN.
The six-woman jury acquitted Zimmerman, ending a trial that became a national story about race in America. The unnamed juror, number B-37, said no one on the jury believed that race played a role in the shooting.