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January 24, 2014 | By Andrew Tangel
NEW YORK -- New York borrowers stand to get more than $35 million in debt relief under an agreement between the state's attorney general and an Anaheim-based online lender. New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman said Friday his office had settled a lawsuit accusing CashCall Inc. of illegally charging borrowers triple-digit interest rates, then hounding them once they inevitably fell behind. The suit was filed in August. Under the settlement, CashCall -- along with Western Sky Financial, WS Funding and their owners -- will pay $1.5 million in penalties.
January 23, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring abruptly reversed the state's position on gay marriage Thursday, declaring a voter-approved ban unconstitutional and announcing that his office would no longer defend it. Though the state will continue to enforce the existing law pending court challenges, Herring - a Democrat who narrowly won election in November - said his office would join sides with two gay couples have sued to overturn the...
January 18, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts - whatever they could spare for the elderly poor. Nearly 175 years later, nuns from the religious order Jugan founded, the Little Sisters of the Poor, can still be seen in public, collecting donations to support their work. Unlike some nuns who wear casual clothing these days, the Little Sisters dress in traditional garb, in all white or black habits with gray veils.
January 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday. Freedom Industries Inc., owner of a storage tank that ruptured Jan. 9 and spilled 7,500 gallons of a coal-treatment foaming agent called MCHM into the Elk River, sought protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 filing by its parent company, Chemstream Holdings Inc. of Pennsylvania.
January 16, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
It was supposed to be just like every other annual Harvard-Yale game: a lively, fierce rivalry coupled with students and alumni cheering and tailgating. But on Nov. 19, 2011, one tailgate festivity got out of hand: Brendan Ross, a member of the Yale University chapter of fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon who was driving a rented U-Haul truck carrying beer kegs, struck and killed Nancy Barry, 30, of Salem, Mass., and injured Yale student Sarah Short and Harvard employee Elizabeth Dernbach.
January 15, 2014 | By Noam N. Levey, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge Wednesday emphatically rejected a last-ditch challenge to President Obama's healthcare law, ruling that the Affordable Care Act allows low-income Americans to get government subsidies to buy health coverage no matter what state they live in. Critics of the law argued that the statute, passed by Congress in 2010, limited these subsidies to consumers in states that operate their own insurance marketplaces. Only 14 states do that; the remaining 36 rely on the federal government to run their marketplaces, or exchanges.
January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A woman acquitted of murder last year in connection with the high-profile slaying of an aspiring model filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Santa Monica police of intimidating witnesses and damaging her reputation. Kelly Soo Park, 48, alleges three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared off or tainted by Santa Monica Police Det. Karen Thompson. "We just want to present to the world and to the court that what's being portrayed in the media now is an incomplete story," Park's attorney, Ron Kaye, said of the lawsuit.
January 15, 2014 | Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
A woman who accused two Los Angeles police officers of threatening her with jail unless she had sex with them will be paid $575,000 to settle her lawsuit against the city. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the payout to the woman, who is one of four women to accuse officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela of coercing them into having sex with them, according to court documents. The Times generally does not name alleged sex crime victims. Nichols and Valenzuela, both 41, were working as narcotics detectives in Hollywood in 2010 when they arrested the woman, according to one of her attorneys, Dennis Chang, and a search warrant affidavit LAPD investigators filed as part of a criminal investigation into the officers' conduct.
January 15, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Michael Jackson's estate and Lloyd's of London have settled their lawsuit in which the insurer claimed it shouldn't have to pay $17.5 million on a tour cancellation policy after the singer died in June 2009. Jackson's estate countersued for breach of contract. Terms of the settlement are secret. “The estate, and, I'm sure Lloyd's, are glad the matter is resolved,” said Howard Weitzman,  an attorney for the Jackson side. Lloyd's claimed it did not have to pay because the singer did not reveal his drug use. Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered at his home by Dr. Conrad Murray, as he was about to embark on a comeback series of concerts in London.
January 13, 2014 | By Austin Knoblauch
New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was handed a season-long suspension by an arbitrator Saturday for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs, is suing Major League Baseball and the players' union in hopes of having the suspension overturned. The suit, filed Monday in federal court in New York, asks for the court to throw out arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision to suspend Rodriguez for the 2014 season and postseason. The lawsuit claims that the players' union "completely abdicated its responsibility to Mr. Rodriguez to protect his rights," allowing Major League Baseball to take advantage of his confidentiality rights.
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