URS Corp., San Francisco, agreed on Aug. 23 to pay $52.4 million to settle claims filed against it on behalf of victims in the August 2007 collapse of the I-35 bridge in Minneapolis. Photo AP/WideWorld The accident killed 13 people and injured 145 others. URS says it agreed to the pact, under which it admits no liability or fault, to avoid a lengthy trial that was to start next year. Plaintiffs claimed the company had missed signs of structural stresses on the bridge during a pre-accident inspection, but URS has said it was not involved in the span’s design or
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.