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Robert Indiana's home needs love if it's to be a museum

Sep. 23, 2018 8:04 PM EDT

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Pop artist Robert Indiana died in a house with a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. The front windows are now boarded up. Buckets collect water. Clapboards are peeling. The degraded condition of the Victorian, dubbed the Star of Hope, means millions of dollars will have to...

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Sep. 22, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by more than...

Ford Motor told to pay Thai customers for transmission woes

Sep. 22, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Thai court has ordered a local sales affiliate of Ford Motor Co. to pay 291 customers a total of about $720,000 in compensation for selling cars equipped with faulty transmissions. The Bangkok South Civil Court's decision was welcomed Friday as a victory in a country where consumers rarely...

New California law helps utilities with wildfire lawsuits

Sep. 21, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Friday allowing utilities to bill their customers to pay for future legal settlements stemming from devastating 2017 wildfires, even if the blazes are blamed on the company's mismanagement. The bill is aimed at preventing bankruptcy or other...

US agrees to improve worker safety at polluted nuclear site

Sep. 19, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. government will test and implement a new system to capture and destroy dangerous vapors released at the nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site as part of a settlement agreement reached Wednesday. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson told reporters that the...

Philadelphia agrees to overhaul property seizure law

Sep. 18, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia has agreed to overhaul its civil forfeiture laws as part of a proposed lawsuit settlement announced Tuesday, limiting what law enforcement officers can seize and how it can use the proceeds. The city's civil forfeiture law allows law enforcement officials to confiscate...

Visa, Mastercard in new settlement of credit card fee suit

Sep. 18, 2018 3:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Visa and Mastercard said Tuesday they will pay $6.2 billion to settle part of a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over fees on credit card transactions. Visa says it will pay $4.1 billion and Mastercard will pay about $900 million. The two companies say they've already set aside...

Town accused of bias against Orthodox Jews settles lawsuit

Sep. 18, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town has agreed to repeal an ordinance that state officials said discriminated against Orthodox Jews. The moves, announced Monday, resolve a lawsuit the state attorney general's office filed against Mahwah last October. The town had already repealed an ordinance that barred...

University of Cincinnati settles with ex-volleyball player

Sep. 14, 2018 5:54 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The University of Cincinnati has reached a settlement with a former volleyball player who claimed she was kicked off the team because she posted photos on Instagram that her coach said were "too sexy." The Enquirer reports the university agreed Tuesday to pay Shalom Ifeanyi...

Government offers separated families a 2nd shot at asylum

Sep. 13, 2018 6:26 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration has agreed to reconsider asylum claims of many parents and children who were separated at the Mexican border under an agreement to settle lawsuits over its "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal crossings. The settlement could give "well over 1,000 parents" a second...