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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 The town had already repealed an ordinance that barred...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...

Town settles sexual harassment case against mayor

Sep. 13, 2018 12:07 PM EDT

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut town has negotiated a $175,000 settlement with a former town employee who said the mayor had sexually harassed her. Francine Carbone said in her complaint that East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr. harassed her by exposing his genitals to her and making comments about...

Missouri to pay $475K in harassment, retaliation case

Sep. 12, 2018 3:53 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has agreed to a $475,000 settlement in a case involving a state worker who alleged harassment and discrimination. Kimberly Russell filed a lawsuit in 2016 while working as a tax auditor at the Missouri Revenue Department, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported . The...

Forrest's relatives seek millions to move grave from park

Sep. 12, 2018 12:42 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Relatives of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest are demanding $30 million from the city of Memphis, Tennessee, and a nonprofit to move his remains from a park and settle a lawsuit over the takedown of a statue of the former Ku Klux Klan leader. Forrest's family members and the...

ACLU announces deal in fight-related immigration detention

Sep. 11, 2018 7:33 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit was settled by a Peruvian man who alleged police officers in a city north of Anchorage wrongfully detained him over his immigration status after he tried to break up a bar fight, the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska announced Tuesday. In exchange for dropping his...