WASHINGTON – The Yemeni government paid the families of those killed or injured in a U.S. drone strike last year more than $1 million, according to documents that provide new details on secret condolence payments seen as evidence that civilians with no ties to al-Qaida were among the casualties.
The documents, which are signed by Yemeni court officials and victims’ relatives, record payouts designed to quell anger over a U.S. strike that hit vehicles in a wedding party and prompted a suspension of the U.S. military’s authority to carry out drone attacks on an al-Qaida affiliate.
US done destroying Assad chemicals
The Obama administration said that it has finished destroying the lethal chemical agents that were removed from Syria after President Bashar Assad’s forces were accused of using poison gas against civilians a year ago this week.
In a statement, President Barack Obama hailed the joint civilian and military effort, which destroyed more than 600 tons of sarin and mustard agents, as an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Fire near Yosemite spurs evacuations
One of several wildfires burning across California prompted widespread evacuations in a central California foothill community near Yosemite National Park, authorities said.
More than 1,500 residents and guests at four hotels near the community of Oakhurst have been told to seek shelter in town.
Feds indict owners over beef recall
The co-owners of a Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse behind a massive beef recall were indicted by a federal grand jury along with two of their employees for knowingly distributing cattle with eye cancer and processing condemned carcasses.
The indictment names Rancho Feeding Corp.’s co-owners, Jesse Amaral Jr. and Robert Singleton, and employees Eugene Corda and Felix Cabrera.