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UNITED STATES

‘Sorry’: Alabama governor

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has apologized to India after police seriously injured an Indian grandfather who was visiting relatives. The incident on Feb. 6 in the city of Madison was captured on a police car’s dashcam video and widely seen on the Internet. “I deeply regret the unfortunate use of excessive force by the Madison Police Department on Sureshbhai Patel,” Bentley said in a letter sent Tuesday. “Please accept our sincere apology for this tragic incident to your government, Mr Patel, and the citizens of India who reside and work in our state,” he said in the letter, which was addressed to India’s consul general in Georgia.

FRANCE

Vandalism charges filed

Five teenagers were charged on Wednesday with vandalizing hundreds of Jewish graves last week in a suspected anti-Semitic act that shocked the nation. The boys, aged 15 to 17, were charged with “the desecration of burial places due to the religion of the deceased” and with deliberately vandalizing property on public land, according to prosecutor Philippe Vannier. About 250 tombs were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in the Sarre-Union, with tombstones pushed over and vaults opened. Vannier said the vandalism appeared to be part of a game that went wrong.

UNITED STATES

Indian workers win lawsuit

A New Orleans jury on Wednesday awarded US$14 million to five Indian men who were lured to the country and forced to work under inhumane conditions after Hurricane Katrina by a ship repair firm and its codefendants. After a four-week trial, a jury ruled that Alabama-based Signal International was guilty of labor trafficking, fraud, racketeering and discrimination and ordered it to pay US$12 million. Its co-defendants, a New Orleans lawyer and an India-based recruiter, were also found guilty and ordered to pay US$915,000 each. The trial was the first in more than a dozen related lawsuits with more than 200 plaintiffs.

UNITED STATES

Jenner blamed for crash

Video shows Bruce Jenner started a chain-reaction crash that resulted in a woman’s death on a Malibu highway, a law enforcement official said on Wednesday. Jenner was hauling an off-road vehicle on a trailer behind his Cadillac Escalade on Feb. 7 when he steered to avoid cars slowing for a traffic light in front of him on Pacific Coast Highway, the official said. Jenner’s SUV rear-ended two cars, pushing a Lexus into oncoming traffic, the official added. The driver, Kim Howe, 69, was killed when it was struck head-on by a Hummer. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the wreck and will consider whether to issue a citation that could result in criminal charges.

UNITED STATES

Marijuana tricks brain: study

Using marijuana on a full stomach might still cause the munchies, flipping a switch in the brain that usually tells the body it is not hungry, a study found. The findings were the opposite of what researchers said they expected — the neurons should have been turned off since the mice in the study had just eaten, said senior study author Tamas Horvath, a professor of biomedical research and comparative medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. “It fools the brain’s central feeding system,” he said. The results may provide a way to help cancer patients who lose their appetite during treatment, he said.

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