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Florida school massacre families settle suit with district

Oct. 18, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The families of the 17 people killed in the 2018 Florida high school massacre, most of the wounded and others traumatized have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward County school district in a lawsuit that had accused it of negligence. ...

Jackson County settles COVID-19 rules lawsuit with church

Oct. 18, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County officials on Monday approved a settlement with a church that had sued over COVID-19 restrictions that it claimed discriminated against religion. The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to approve a $146,750 payment to Abundant...

Western Washington county settles police shooting lawsuit

Oct. 16, 2021 16:34 PM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A western Washington county has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man shot in the head in 2017 by a sheriff’s deputy and who died about a year later in 2018. The News Tribune reports that Pierce County...

Massachusetts Medicaid fraud case settled for $25M

Oct. 15, 2021 11:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A private equity firm and two former executives at a mental health provider have agreed to pay $25 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged they caused fraudulent claims to be submitted to the state's Medicaid program, the state attorney general's office said. ...

Worcester, minority residents settle voting rights lawsuit

Oct. 15, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit brought by a coalition of Black and Latino residents of Worcester who alleged that the city's system of electing school committee members dilutes the voting power of people of color and violates federal voting laws. ...

Bakery agrees to settle race discrimination lawsuit

Oct. 15, 2021 08:56 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts bakery has agreed to pay up to $95,000 in penalties and restitution, require anti-bias training for employees, and revise its anti-discrimination policies to settle allegations that an employee was repeatedly exposed to racial slurs in the workplace, the...

Family of man shot by deputy settles lawsuit for $3.5M

Oct. 15, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — The estate of a man fatally wounded in Port Orchard by a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy after a car chase has settled a federal excessive force lawsuit for $3.5 million. Brent Lee Heath, 35, died in 2018, a year after Deputy Carl Shanks shot...

US to restore full pension of FBI official fired under Trump

Oct. 14, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has won back his full pension as part of a settlement of his lawsuit arising from his firing during the Trump administration more than three years ago, his lawyers announced Thursday. McCabe, a frequent target...

Feds agree to keep cattle out of northern Arizona rivers

Oct. 14, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Federal land-management agencies have agreed to do more to keep cattle from grazing in sensitive habitat for threatened and endangered species in the Verde River watershed, settling a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

Murdaugh charged with taking insurance money in maid's death

Oct. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper that a lawsuit said total more than $4 million, state police said Thursday. Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug rehab...