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Settlement reached in tour boat crash

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A $17 million settlement was reached Wednesday in the wrongful-death case of two Hungarian students killed in a tour boat collision with a barge on the Delaware River.

Under terms of the surprise settlement approved by the court, families of the two victims will split $15 million, and 18 surviving passengers will split $2 million.

"The families are deeply grateful to the court for recognizing that their children were important and did not deserve to die in vain," said attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, representing the families of the victims.

Szabolcs Prem, 20, and Dora Schwendtner, 16, drowned when their amphibious sightseeing boat, called a duck boat, was slammed by an empty sludge barge July 7, 2010.

Their families filed wrongful-death lawsuits against K-Sea Transportation of East Brunswick, N.J., which operated the tugboat guiding the barge upriver, and Ride the Ducks of Norcross, Ga., which operated the tour boat.


Mother, boyfriend held in abuse of girl, 12

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) -- A mother and her boyfriend shaved the head of her 12-year-old daughter, then forced the girl to wear a diaper and run up and down outside their home near Minneapolis because she wasn't doing well at school, police said.

Police arrested the 38-year-old woman and her 34-year-old boyfriend Monday night on suspicion of malicious punishment of a child, a gross misdemeanor. Lt. Mike Monsrud said the two adults laughed as they were hauled off in a squad car and apparently didn't understand why officers had intervened.

A neighbor called police earlier that evening after a crowd of about 50 people gathered to watch the girl, who was wearing only the diaper and a tank top and was begging to be let back inside their townhouse in Fridley about 7 miles north of Minneapolis.

"When the officer found her, she was crying and hysterical," Monsrud told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Investigators believe she had been outside for about half an hour before the neighbor alerted police, Monsrud said.