NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A judge has put on hold a second lawsuit filed by relatives ofthe 17 sailors killed in the October 2000 attack on theNorfolk-based USS Cole in Yemen.
The relatives are seeking more than $200 million in damagesagainst the African nation of Sudan, which has been linked to theattack.
At a hearing Tuesday in Norfolk, U.S. District Judge Robert G.Doumar decided to set aside the case until a hearing later thisyear on an appeal filed by the families.
Three years ago, 33 family members were awarded $8 million incompensatory damages after Doumar found Sudan liable for assistingthe terrorists who attacked the destroyer.
This year, family members filed the new lawsuit seeking damagesfor pain and suffering.
Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,http://www.pilotonline.com
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A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.