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WORLD
August 13, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Capping one of the busiest periods in settlement approval in years, Israel gave final planning permission to build about 900 more units of housing on land it seized in 1967, brushing aside U.S. and Palestinian objections ahead of peace talks scheduled to resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday. The development, quietly approved Monday, is located in Gilo, in the southern Jerusalem area. The announcement comes after Israel's Housing Ministry said Sunday it would publish tenders for 1,187 units of housing in the Jerusalem area and in Jewish settlements in the West Bank.
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NEWS
January 10, 2013 | By Rosie Mestel
Between 1940 and 1971, many pregnant women were treated with a synthetic estrogen, diethylstilbestrol -- commonly known as DES -- to prevent miscarriage and other complications. The drug didn't work for that purpose, but it did have biological effects on the women who took it,  as well as their children. On Wednesday, four sisters who'd been exposed to DES in the womb reached a settlement with one of the drug's principal makers, Eli Lilly & Co., during a federal trial in Boston, the Associated Press reported.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo
Striking a populist note, California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris appeared at a downtown Los Angeles news conference and praised the Golden State's share of a multi-state settlement as a “California commitment” that represents a “tremendous victory.” Harris said that the state's piece of the multibillion-dollar settlement was right for the most severely affected parts of the state. She also rejected claims that the controversial deal was a handout to people who did not live up their commitments.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
New York Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman has lowered the boom on Wells Fargo for what he says are serial violations of the huge foreclosure abuse settlement that Wells and four other big banks reached with federal and state regulators last year. Schneiderman's legal action reminds us what a scam that supposedly groundbreaking settlement was from the get-go. Remember that settlement? Trumpeted by the regulators as a huge victory for the consumer, it required five big banks to pay $25 billion and adhere to a long list of proper foreclosure practices.
AUTOS
February 27, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Hyundai Motor America is inching closer to a settlement of claims it inflated the fuel economy ratings of its vehicles. Details of the deal are still to be worked out, but the automaker is expected to reach a settlement in 38 lawsuits on the fuel economy mislabeling, which have been combined and are being heard in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Its corporate sister, Kia Motors America, is expected to also settle the litigation. Photos: Vehicles with overstated fuel economy claims In November, the South Korean automakers said they overstated the fuel economy on nearly 1 million late-model vehicles after the discrepancy was discovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which monitors the fuel economy tests by automakers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
This post has been updated. See below for details. Shares of TiVo Inc. jumped more than 8% on Thursday because of a report that the set-top box maker had reached a settlement with Google's Motorola Mobility unit.  TiVo sued Motorola last year for billions of dollars for patent infringement over its digital video recording technology. Motorola previously hit TiVo with a lawsuit over its DVR technology in 2011.  Bloomberg News...
SPORTS
August 20, 2013 | By David Wharton
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have approached the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he is accused of murdering, hoping to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit separate from the criminal case the athlete faces. Both sides confirmed the talks to South African media outlets but declined to discuss any details. "You will understand this is a very sensitive situation," Kenny Oldwage, one of Pistorius' attorneys, told the South African Times . Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, was indicted Monday for shooting Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day at his home.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | by Walter Hamilton
Nasdaq soon may pay a penalty for its flawed handling of Facebook Inc.'s initial public offering. But it may not be paying all that much. The Wall Street Journal reported that Nasdaq is in settlement talks with the Securities and Exchange Commission to pay about $5 million to resolve the agency's eight-month investigation of Nasdaq's technological miscues in the closely watched IPO. That would be a fraction of the estimated $500 million...
BUSINESS
August 24, 2012 | By Chad Terhune, Los Angeles Times
A Long Beach health plan agreed to pay $320 million to resolve allegations that it was overpaid by the state's Medi-Cal program going back to 1985, government officials said. Federal officials called the settlement from SCAN Health Plan the largest of its kind from a single provider in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. Separately, the United States attorney's office in Los Angeles said SCAN paid an additional $3.8 million to settle a whistle-blower's allegation that the nonprofit company was overpaid by Medicare because of withholding of information about patients' diagnosis codes.
SCIENCE
August 29, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
Thursday's $765-million settlement between the National Football League and 4,500 retired NFL players underscores two key facts about traumatic brain injury: that it is difficult to prove and measure -- especially many years after the fact -- and that its link to neurocognitive problems that appear years later remains an enigma. A mediated agreement does not mean that the retired NFL players' injuries were caused by football, or even that they could have proven as much, said former U.S. District Judge Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator who brokered the proposed settlement.
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