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National news briefs — compiled Sept. 6

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NEW YORK

12 added to 9/11 wall

Twelve members of the New York Fire Department who died from illnesses related to work at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11 attacks have been memorialized. The FDNY said Friday the 12 names were engraved on small plaques that were added to 64 others on the World Trade Center Memorial Wall at the department’s Brooklyn headquarters.

Author settles lawsuit

To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee has settled a New York lawsuit against two of the defendants she sued in May to re-secure the copyright to her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. A filing Friday in federal court in Manhattan said the 87-year-old author’s suit against defendants Leigh Ann Winick and Gerald Posner has been dismissed.

PHOENIX

Inmate leaves death row

An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row was released on bond Friday after a judge ruled there’s no direct evidence linking her to the death of her young son, other than a purported confession to a detective whose honesty has been questioned. Debra Milke, 49, walked out of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s jail after supporters posted $250,000 bond. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned her conviction in March, stating that prosecutors should have disclosed information that cast doubt on the credibility of a since-retired detective who said Milke confessed. Maricopa County prosecutors are still seeking the death penalty against Milke at her retrial, tentatively set for Sept. 30.

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA

3 stranded on volcano

Two researchers and their pilot remained stranded on a remote Alaska volcano Friday, two days after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter. Alaska State Troopers said bad weather was preventing rescuers from reaching the helicopter on Mount Mageik at Katmai National Park and Preserve. Unsuccessful attempts have been made by Rescue Coordination Center, which was called in Thursday and has sent out a Blackhawk helicopter and a C-130 plane.

Compiled from wire reports.


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