Hotel maid’s lawyer denies trying to settle attack case

Prosecutors are exploring whether a lawyer for the hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault discussed the possibility of a financial settlement and suggested she could back away from the criminal case, people familiar with the matter said Friday. The woman’s lawyer sternly denied it.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is looking into whether housekeeper Nafitassou Diallo’s lawyer and Strauss-Kahn’s attorneys talked about a potential deal after prosecutors began developing questions about her credibility, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the inquiry. It was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

“The allegation against me is absolutely false,” Diallo’s lawyer, Kenneth Thompson, said in an email message Friday. The DA’s office and Strauss-Kahn lawyer Benjamin Brafman declined to comment.


Three die in flash flooding as heavy rains inundate city

Three people died in a flash flood after heavy rains submerged cars in Pittsburgh, officials said Friday evening.

Numerous vehicles were submerged on Washington Boulevard, which runs parallel to the Allegheny River in the city’s Highland Park neighborhood, after thunderstorms dropped up to 3 inches of rain in an hour, the National Weather Service reported.

Rescue crews used inflatable boats to reach other stranded drivers, some of whom say that the waters near the city zoo were 6 feet deep.  


Two soldiers charged with murder, dumping boy’s body

The family of a 17-year-old boy whose slain body was found dumped in woods near his home is searching for answers after two soldiers at nearby Fort Bragg were charged with murder.

Army Pvt. Sebastian Gamez, 20, of Hidalgo, Texas, and Spc. Christopher Blackett, 20, of Vista, Calif., were each charged with first-degree murder and disposing of a corpse, the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officials have released no information about how or why Vincent Carlisle Jr. died.

Both men lived at the same Spring Lake house and were being held without bond at the county’s jail, the sheriff’s office said.