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The Las Vegas Gunman Was Rich. Will His Wealth Go to the Victims?

So far, several hundred victims have filed more than two dozen lawsuits, and a $45 million creditor’s claim, against Mr. Paddock’s estate; MGM Resorts International, which owns the Mandalay Bay; and Live Nation, the promoter of the festival. Should plaintiffs agree not to pursue their lawsuits against the Paddock estate, a complicated and potentially contentious issue will involve establishing criteria for who is eligible for payouts from the estate and how much.While payouts to victims of mass shootings have become standard practice, turning a dead perpetrator’s estate into a fund for such a large number of victims is new territory.“There is no precedent here,” said Alice Denton, a Nevada lawyer who is leading the effort to have Mr. Paddock’s estate apportioned among victims to help cover expenses like medical bills.Ms. Denton, who represents five victims, added, “Most mass killers have been indigent or had modest assets or none to speak of.”That was the case, for instance, with Omar Mateen, who fatally shot 49 people and wounded dozens of others at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., in June of last year. A victims fund for that shooting handed out $32 million.In 2011, the federal government auctioned off some of the belongings of Theodore J. Kaczynski, known as the Unabomber, to provide some restitution to his victims and their families. He killed three people and wounded 28 others in a mail-bomb campaign that spanned 17 years before he was arrested in 1996.Photo” data-mediaviewer-credit=”Hilary Swift for The New York Times” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/12/13/us/00paddockmoney-02/merlin_128309192_39f80b7e-2147-48a8-949d-bc7938a04dd0-master675.jpg”/>A memorial to victims of the shooting on the Las Vegas strip. A team of lawyers has asked a court to set up the gunman’s estate so that the money can go to victims and their families without the need for lawsuits.Credit Hilary Swift for The New York TimesMr. Paddock’s estate is being sued for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, personal financial losses, and medical bills, among other things […]

Amtrak Inquiry Will Focus on Driver Distraction and Excessive Speed

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A good overnight sleeper bus would be a wonderful thing. Then there is the Snoozeliner

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Right and Left React to the F.C.C.’s Vote on Net Neutrality Rules

_____From the LeftPhotoA protest against the F.C.C. move was held in downtown Manhattan last week.Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York TimesVanessa A. Bee in Current Affairs: “There is a little-discussed alternative even better than the net neutrality status quo — a true public option!” “Even if you believe in competition and the free market generally,” writes Ms. Bee, “it’s really not a thing here.” People aren’t able to switch internet service providers easily, which explains part of the reason so many of these companies are regional monopolies. The solution, she suggests, is for state and local governments to form their own service providers and “provide faster and cheaper internet on the basis of net neutrality principles.” Read more »Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyGet the Morning Briefing by EmailWhat you need to know to start your day, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters._____The editorial board of The Los Angeles Times: “He wants the agency that oversees communications networks to wash its hands of the most important communications network of the 21st century.” The editorial board of The Los Angeles Times addresses what Mr. Spalter claims is a positive aspect of Mr […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Disney, Korea, Theresa May: Your Friday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit via YouTube • The death of a Chinese celebrity daredevil exemplifies the internet’s obsession with danger. [The New York Times] • Theresa May arrived at an E.U. summit in Brussels trying to work past a parliamentary defeat that could weaken her hand in Brexit negotiations. [Reuters] • Indonesia’s Constitutional Court narrowly voted not to ban sex outside marriage, a blow to increasingly influential conservative Islamic groups. [The New York Times] • A requiem for Cambodia. “Bangsokol,” one of the first symphonic works to reckon with the Khmer Rouge era, opens in New York today. [The New York Times] Continue reading the main story • A giant, waddling predator? A 57-million-year-old fossilized penguin found in New Zealand stands 5 feet 7 inches and has a long bill. “Probably they speared their prey,” a scientist said […]

21st Century Fox, Net Neutrality, Roy Moore: Your Thursday Evening Briefing

Your Evening Briefing is posted at 6 p.m. Eastern.And don’t miss Your Morning Briefing, posted weekdays at 6 a.m. Eastern, and Your Weekend Briefing, posted at 6 a.m. Sundays.If photographs appear out of order, please download the updated New York Times app from iTunes or Google Play.What did you like? What do you want to see here […]

California Today: California Today: North vs. South, That Fading Rivalry

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