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Prisoners to get $17m in compo

New York City will pay $17m (€14m) to settle three wrongful criminal convictions.

City Comptroller Scott Stringer said that the settlements involve cases handled by retired homicide detective Louis Scarcella.

Scarcella's tactics have come under scrutiny and are being reviewed by the Brooklyn district attorney's office. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The cases involved three half-brothers; one died in prison. Robert Hill, Alvena Jennette and Darryl Austin spent a combined 60 years in prison before their convictions were vacated by a judge in May.

New boat set to be fastest ever

Work will begin on building a boat that will "slice" through waves and could shave days off the record for circumnavigating the globe in a powerboat.

Alan Priddy hopes to smash the current record of 60 days 23 hours and 49 minutes, held by Pete Bethune from New Zealand - and do so in an environmentally-friendly vessel.

The boat, which has yet to be named, has been designed to pierce waves rather than surfing across them, which his project team, named Team Britannia, says should reduce fuel consumption by 30pc and make the trip smoother than one in a boat with a conventional hull.

Firm guilty of manslaughter

A kayak firm has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after an employee became trapped in an industrial oven.

Father-of-three Alan Catterall (54), died while carrying out cleaning work at Runcorn-based Pyranha Mouldings in December 2010.

The oven had developed a fault with a guide rail bearing and had been shut down for maintenance so the bearing could be fixed, Liverpool Crown Court heard.


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