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Tornadoes Across Midwest and South Kill Over 30; BP And Plaintiffs Reach Agreement; Man Gets 27 Years in Homegrown Terrorism Case


At least 31 are dead across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama after tornado storms ravaged the Midwest and South, essentially destroying towns. Today, the rescue effort continued, as parts of the South remained on tornado watch. “It’s just nuts right here,” National Weather Service meteorologist John Gordon told CNN during the storms. Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodwin told a CNN affiliate that they have “complete destruction.” [CNN]

BP and lawyers representing plaintiffs including business and individuals in a lawsuit over the 2010 BP oil spill “have reached an agreement on the terms of a proposed class settlement which will be submitted to the court,” according to an order issued Friday night by Judge Carl J. Barbier of Federal District Court in New Orleans. Some big plaintiffs in the case were not included in the agreement: the federal government and local and state governments. [NYT]

Betim Kaziu, who traveled abroad in an attempt to join Al Qaeda and kill U.S. troops, was sentenced to 27 years in prison yesterday. “You grew up in Brooklyn and you decided to murder your own country’s soldiers,” U.S. District Judge John Gleason said, according to the Associated Press. “There’s still an element of defiance in you. … You’re still way too proud of becoming a jihadist.” [AP via WSJ]

Tyler Clementi’s boyfriend testified in the trial against Clementi’s Rutgers roommate Dharun Ravi Friday. “It just caught my eye that there was, you know, a camera lens looking directly at me,” the man said, according to the New York Times. Clementi committed suicide in 2010. Ravi is on trial “on charges of invasion of privacy, bias intimidation and hindering apprehension, after, prosecutors say, he tried to cover up his Twitter messages alerting friends to watch the men having sex.” [NYT]

Items stolen from a Kew Gardens synagogue were recovered when an employee at a Forest Hills pawn shop found the items last week when she was going through inventory. She recognized the objects as those that were pilfered because of a NY1 report on the thefts. Efram Sanders was arrested for the crime. [NY1]

Jia Hou, John Liu’s arrested campaign treasurer, spoke to the New York Daily News about her Liu. “John Liu is the most hard-working person I’ve ever met,” she said Friday. [NYDN]

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