Ousted HP executive settles allegations of harassment

Ousted Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Mark Hurd has settled allegations of sexual harassment lodged against him by a female contract worker for HP, a person with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press.

The harassment accusation set off a chain of events that led to the discovery of allegedly falsified expense reports for dinners Hurd had with the woman and culminated in Hurd’s forced resignation Friday from the world’s largest technology company.

The person familiar with the case told the AP late Satuday that Hurd agreed to pay the woman but would not reveal the size of the payment. The deal was reached Thursday, a day before Hurd’s resignation. The settlement was between Hurd and his accuser and did not involve a payment from HP, this person said.

This person, who spoke on a condition of anonymity, was not authorized to speak publicly about the issue.

The nature of the harassment complaint wasn’t clear. Hurd and a lawyer representing the woman said the relationship was not sexual.


Hunt turns to Yellowstone after escapees tied to killings

The search for two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and their suspected accomplice, a woman, has turned to the vast Yellowstone National Park area after one of the inmates was linked to a double homicide in New Mexico and efforts to find them intensified.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday information developed in the past two days indicates Tracy Province, John McCluskey and Casslyn Welch may be hiding in parts of the park that span Montana and Wyoming. The agency also said investigators believe Province has separated from the other two.

It doesn’t appear any of the three are expert campers or have wilderness survival skills, said Thomas Henman, supervisory deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service in Phoenix.

The manhunt for the three intensified Saturday after forensic evidence linked at least one of the inmates to the killings of a couple who were traveling through eastern New Mexico.

The badly burned skeletal remains of Linda and Gary Haas — both 61 and from Tecumseh, Okla. — were found in a charred camper Wednesday morning on a Santa Rosa ranch. The couple’s pickup was found that afternoon 100 miles west in Albuquerque.


Archaelogists report finding old bison-hunting complex

Archaeologists working on the Blackfeet Indian reservation in northwestern Montana say they have uncovered a former hunting complex where bison were stampeded over a cliff at least 1,000 years ago.

Researchers say the 9-mile-long area contains a well-preserved “drive line” system used to funnel bison to their deaths, along with bison bones and the remnants of campsites with hundreds of tepee rings.

The site is on a plateau overlooking the Two Medicine River. Researchers say it could become one of the largest and most significant Blackfeet heritage sites in the region.

Plains Indians harvested bison hundreds of years ago by stampeding them over cliffs. John Murray, the Blackfeet Tribe’s historic preservation officer, says research at the new site will help tribal members better understand their history.


Former Cabinet official says Israelis interrogated her

A former U.S. health and human services secretary says she was interrogated at the Ben-Gurion International Airport in Israel last month.

Donna Shalala, who is of Lebanese descent, is now the president of the University of Miami. She was visiting Israel in July as part of a delegation of university leaders invited by the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange. Shalala stayed after the convention to meet with a group setting up a new medical school in Israel.

University spokeswoman Margot Winick said in an e-mail that Shalala was delayed as she was leaving Israel with security questions and a luggage search that took nearly three hours. But she didn’t miss her flight.

Israeli airport authority officials said there was no record of the search.


Visit to royal retreat ends first lady’s trip to country

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha had lunch with Spain’s king and queen Sunday at Marivent palace, the royal family’s holiday retreat on the resort island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean.

Obama and her daughter arrived shortly before 1 p.m. and were greeted at the front door of the residence by King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia and Princess Letizia.

The king, a keen yachtsman, has for decades spent August vacations at the palace.

Lunch was Andalusian-style chilled gazpacho, chargrilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sauteed mushrooms, vegetable ratatouille and sliced fruit with ice cream, the palace said.

The lunch meeting marked the end of a five-day private visit to Spain by Obama, who toured spots in the southern region of Andalusia including Marbella, Ronda and the Alhambra palace in Granada.

The king gave Obama some seeds for the White House garden as a parting gift, while the queen made a present of handicrafts typical of Mallorca, the palace said.

After lunch, the first lady’s party was due to return to the United States aboard Air Force.


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