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Parents settle lawsuit over disabled son's forced baptism

May. 29, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The parents of a disabled Ohio teen have settled a lawsuit against a church and others over what they said was the boy's forced baptism at a picnic in 2016, the parents' attorneys said. The confidential settlement on behalf of April and Gregg DeFibaugh and their son, identified as...

St. Cloud diocese in Minnesota to pay abuse victims $22.5M

May. 27, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saint Cloud in Minnesota will pay sexual abuse victims $22.5 million and file for bankruptcy, according to a settlement agreement. Some 70 people say they were abused by 41 priests in cases that date back to the 1950s. If the bankruptcy plan is...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 file photo, a worker completes an electric car ID.3 body at the assembly line during a press tour at the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, eastern Germany.  Germany's Federal Court has ruled Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners who bought vehicles rigged to cheat in emissions tests but consumers must accept current value taking into account the mileage they drove rather than the full purchase price. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

May. 25, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

KARLSRUHE, Germany (AP) — A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price....

Chadron State to pay $900K in settlement of Title IX lawsuit

May. 23, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State College System will pay $900,000 to settle two lawsuits alleging Chadron State College failed to prevent dating violence that led to a softball player’s 2015 suicide. Chadron State also will conduct suicide training, review its policies, establish a...

$900,000 settlement reached in Iowa bullying case

May. 22, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A suburban Des Moines school district and a former student have reached a $900,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by another student who suffered permanent brain damage after being attacked at school. Audrey Vacek will received $880,000 from the Ankeny Community School District and...

University, parents didn't settle lawsuit over slain student

May. 21, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah did not reach a settlement after two days of mediation with the parents of slain track star Lauren McCluskey who filed a $56 million lawsuit over her death in 2018. The McCluskeys' attorney Jim McConkie described the talks as frank but unsuccessful, The Salt...

Snohomish County settles $1.95M lawsuit over park rape

May. 21, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A county in Washington state has agreed to pay about $2 million to the family of a teenage girl who was raped at a county-sponsored event in 2016. The Snohomish County Council voted Monday to pay the girl and her mother $1.95 million after they sued the county for negligence in April...

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo is the remains of a business that was only open briefly in Woodstock, Ala., once operated with the help of John B. McLemore, who is featured in the serialized podcast

Lawsuit over popular 'S-Town' podcast dismissed

May. 20, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit against the makers of the hit podcast “S-Town,” which tells the story of a man's troubled life and death in rural Alabama, was dismissed after a settlement was reached with the estate of the show's late protagonist. The lawsuit, filed by the estate of John...

New Mexico hospital to pay $98K to settle retaliation claim

May. 20, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday a northern New Mexico hospital will pay $98,000 to settle a discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the agency. The case against Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe was filed on behalf of an...

Court throws out major literacy ruling in Detroit schools

May. 19, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday threw out a groundbreaking decision that said Detroit students had a constitutional right to education and literacy, just days after Michigan's governor settled the case by agreeing to seek millions from the Legislature to improve education. The 6th U.S....