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Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles with maid for $6 million
France 24: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissitou Diallo, the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year, will settle out of court for $6 million, French media reports said on Friday.
Photo: Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at a polling station in the second round of the 2012 French presidential elections in Sarcelles May 6 ( Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS )

Dominique Strauss-Kahn settles with maid for $6 million

France 24: Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Nafissitou Diallo, the New York hotel maid who accused him of sexually assaulting her last year, will settle out of court for $6 million, French media reports said on Friday.


Photo: Former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrives at a polling station in the second round of the 2012 French presidential elections in Sarcelles May 6 ( Gonzalo Fuentes / REUTERS )

Graves robbed for ‘voodoo ritual’ body parts

Reuters: Grave robbers have dug up more than 100 bodies at a cemetery in Benin, Africa - and authorities think the organs and skulls may be sold on the black market to be used for voodoo ritual fetishes.

The incident is the most serious case of grave-robbing in the West African state, where most of the country’s 9 million residents practice a benign form of the official religion.

Powerball jackpot family say they are ‘stunned’ by record win

NBC News: The Hill family of Dearborn, Missouri, who won half of the record Powerball jackpot worth $587.5 million, appeared at a press conference on Friday, with six-year-old Jayden clutching a stuffed horse as her parents were handed an oversized check made out for their half of the pot: $293,750,000. “We’re still stunned by what’s happened,” Cindy Hill, 51, said.


Photo: The Hill family of Dearborn, Mo., is introduced at a press conference in Missouri after winning their millions. (NBC News)
Boehner names Rep. Candice Miller chairwoman of House Administration Committe
NPR: US House Speaker John Boehner on Friday announced that Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan will head the House Administration Committee.
As of now, Miller is the only Republican woman expected to head a House committee when the 113th Congress convenes Jan. 3.

"From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee," Boehner, the Ohio Republican, said in a statement. 

Photo: Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., will head the House Administration Committee in the 113th Congress. (Carlos Osorio / AP)

Boehner names Rep. Candice Miller chairwoman of House Administration Committe

NPR: US House Speaker John Boehner on Friday announced that Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan will head the House Administration Committee.

As of now, Miller is the only Republican woman expected to head a House committee when the 113th Congress convenes Jan. 3.

"From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee," Boehner, the Ohio Republican, said in a statement. 

Photo: Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., will head the House Administration Committee in the 113th Congress. (Carlos Osorio / AP)

66 species of coral proposed for endangered or threatened listing by US
NBC News: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed listing 66 species of coral as endangered or threatened.

"Climate change and other activities are putting these corals at risk," Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in announcing the proposal. "This is an important, sensible next step toward preserving the benefits provided by these species."

Photo: Pillar coral are seen in the Florida Keys. The species was one of 12 proposed for listing as endangered by the U.S. (NOAA)

66 species of coral proposed for endangered or threatened listing by US

NBC News: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposed listing 66 species of coral as endangered or threatened.

"Climate change and other activities are putting these corals at risk," Jane Lubchenco, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said in announcing the proposal. "This is an important, sensible next step toward preserving the benefits provided by these species."

Photo: Pillar coral are seen in the Florida Keys. The species was one of 12 proposed for listing as endangered by the U.S. (NOAA)