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BBC, POLITICIAN REACH SCANDAL SETTLEMENT

london

The BBC reached a settlement Thursday with the Conservative politician wrongly implicated in a child sex abuse scandal. The BBC has already apologized for linking 70-year-old Alistair McAlpine, a member of the House of Lords, to child sex abuse that happened decades ago in Wales. The British broadcaster said late Thursday it had resolved McAlpine's libel claim, calling it a "comprehensive" settlement that "reflects the gravity of the allegations that were wrongly made." The politician will receive $293,200 in damages and the terms of the agreement will be announced in court in a few days, his lawyers told Britain's Press Association.

Tyndall air force base

No injuries after fighter jet crashes

An Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jet crashed near a Florida Panhandle highway Thursday, but the pilot was able to eject safely and there were no injuries on the ground, the military said. The single-seat stealth fighter went down Thursday afternoon near Tyndall Air Force Base, just south of Panama City on the Gulf of Mexico.

texas

Boy meets manwho saved him

A Texas boy abandoned at a fire station as an infant got a special wish for his 10th birthday: meeting the firefighter who saved him. On Thursday evening, Koregan Quintanilla celebrated his recent birthday by meeting Arlington firefighter Wesley Keck, riding on a fire truck and touring the station. Koregan was left at the station in 2002 under Texas' Baby Moses law, which allows a parent to leave an unharmed infant up to 60 days old at a fire station or hospital with no questions asked. Keck said he was excited about seeing the boy for the first time since finding a baby carrier outside the station on a cold November morning.

new york

Patz suspect to plead not guilty

The man charged with killing a 6-year-old boy in 1979 made a false confession and will plead not guilty in a case that catalyzed the missing-children's movement, his lawyer said Thursday. Pedro Hernandez's admission in May to suffocating Etan Patz was a stunning turn in one of the most notorious cases in New York City history, prompting the first arrest in the case. But he is mentally ill, and his statements "are not reliable," his lawyer, Harvey Fishbein, said after Hernandez made a brief court appearance Thursday.

Myanmar

President releases 452 prisoners

In an apparent goodwill gesture days before a visit by President Barack Obama, Myanmar's president Thursday released 452 prisoners. According to the state-run New Light of Myanmar newspaper, President Thein Sein ordered the amnesty "on humanitarian grounds."

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