A US appeals court on Thursday threw out a civil lawsuit by thousands of Colombians against Chiquita Brands International, whose funding of paramilitary groups allegedly cost the lives of their loved ones. Ruling that the matter falls outside the jurisdiction of US courts, a panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals, by two votes to one, declined to hear the case. Some 4,000 Colombians were seeking legal redress in the class action suit, saying the banana company shared the blame after their relatives were killed by the United Self-Defense Committees of Colombia, known by its acronym AUC. Ed Lloyd, a spokesman for Chiquita Brands International spokesman, praised the court decision.
FOSTER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Visa Inc. said Thursday that its profit climbed 11 percent in its fiscal third quarter versus a year earlier, aided by solid growth in payments volume, service revenue and transactions.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — A man who saw a plane flown by a U.S. teen seconds before it crashed and killed the boy and his father during an around-the-world flight attempt said the aircraft was flying low but didn't show any obvious signs of distress before diving into the ocean off American Samoa.