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WORLD
October 17, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli construction in West Bank settlements has increased dramatically in 2013, according to a new report. According to the report by Peace Now, an anti-settlement advocacy group, construction of Jewish settlements in the West BankĀ  was up 70% from January to June this year, compared with the same period in 2012. The report offers a summary of the trends and numbers of Israeli settlements in the West Bank since the 1990s Oslo peace accords between Israel and the Palestinians, and the effects the settlements could have on the proposed two-state solution . To date, more than 340,000 settlers live in the West Bank, more than triple the number 20 years ago when the peace process began.
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NATIONAL
August 19, 2013 | By Tina Susman
The lawyer representing a 25-year-old man who became the first to settle a civil suit against Penn State arising from sexual abuse committed by its former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, says more settlements are imminent in the coming days. Thomas Kline, who represented a man known in court documents as Victim 5, said Sunday there were 25 more cases to be settled following the wrap-up of his client's on Friday. "It's my understanding that documents have been sent out or are on their way to the lawyers of other Sandusky victims.
WORLD
March 1, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
As Israel pursues an expanded settlement agenda in Palestinian territory, even its friends are beginning to sound like its adversaries. The European Union issued a damning report this week, calling the Israeli government's construct-and-control strategy "the biggest single threat to the two-state solution" aimed at bringing peace to one of the Middle East's most violence-prone regions. And for the first time in its annual evaluation of Israeli settlement policy, the 27-nation bloc that is Jerusalem's most important trading partner hinted at a possible boycott of goods produced on illegally occupied land.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard and Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
In two of the biggest civil settlements since the financial crisis, the nation's biggest banks agreed Monday to cough up nearly $19 billion to resolve federal allegations of mortgage misdeeds. Bankers saw the settlements as a major step in providing more certainty for their balance sheets and possibly foreshadowing an end to the era of billion-dollar mea culpas and open-ended regulatory probes. In one case, 10 banks settled with regulators for $8.5 billion. In the second, Bank of America Corp.
OPINION
March 21, 2010
Many are suffering Re "Why glorify the murderers?" Opinion, March 17 It is beyond sad that Ron Kehrmann, Yossi Mendelevich and Yossi Zur lost their precious children in a suicide bombing attack. It is also regrettable that Op-Ed articles are written that reduce Palestinian terror dynamics to those of brainwashing and hateful propaganda, which are indeed mediums of demonization. It would be helpful for writers to acknowledge that the Palestinian people have been subject to decades of humiliations, degradations, misappropriated property and episodic and overwhelming military and police reprisals -- and that this undoubtedly contributes to the Palestinian demonization of Jews and Israel.
NEWS
July 8, 1993 | Associated Press
British Prime Minister John Major and caterer Clare Latimer have accepted nominal libel settlements from the New Statesman and Society magazine over its report of gossip that they had an affair, the magazine said Tuesday. In Tokyo, where he is attending a summit of the world's leading industrialized nations, Major said the magazine acknowledged that the rumors were untrue.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Federal energy officials say they have approved more than $4 million in settlements over losses in Southern California during the state's electricity crisis in 2000 and 2001. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the money would be paid with funds from the now-defunct California Power Exchange, a nonprofit energy broker created in 1997 as part of deregulation. The settlements are between the cities of Riverside, Anaheim and Azusa and a group of utilities and other state entities, including Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison Co. and the California Public Utilities Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2010 | By Lisa Girion
Only a small fraction of eligible Californians have benefited from agreements that Anthem Blue Cross and other insurers made to settle accusations that they systematically and illegally dropped sick policyholders to avoid paying for their care, a report due out Wednesday finds. In settlements with the state Department of Managed Health Care and the Department of Insurance, California's largest health insurance companies agreed to offer new coverage to nearly 6,000 people they dropped after they were diagnosed with cancer and other serious conditions.
OPINION
June 6, 2009
Re "U.S.-Israel rift becomes an unusually public one," May 29 At last our country has a president who recognizes the importance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the damage the settlements do to reaching that goal. Israel's continuing refusal to adhere to its "road map" obligation is undermining our nation's interest in the region. But criticizing the settlements is not enough; President Obama must go beyond what he has said so far and refer to the settlements as illegal under international law. In addition, Obama should take the lead in pushing the U.N. Security Council to pass resolutions stating that settlements are contrary to international law and an impediment to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution.
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