August 18, 2013 |
A man whose testimony helped convict former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing boys has become the first victim to reach a financial settlement against the university and will receive several million dollars, according to media reports. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Associated Press said the plaintiff, known as Victim 5, and lawyers representing Sandusky signed off on the deal Friday. Victim 5's attorney, Tom Kline, did not immediately respond to an email from the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, but AP reported that his client expected to receive the money within a month.
August 15, 2013 |
Gov. Jerry Brown, his investigative panel and a San Francisco Superior Court judge appear to be of one mind: A renewed strike against the Bay Area Rapid Transit District would jeopardize and harm the public's health, safety and welfare. Thus, the court ordered a 60-day injunction against a strike, as provided for by California labor law, until midnight Oct. 10. In most public transit labor disputes, unless binding arbitration is substituted for the injunction, state intervention is unlikely to solve the deeper problems and may only put off an eventual work stoppage.
August 13, 2013 |
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.
August 7, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian negotiators Wednesday expressed concern at reports of an Israeli plan to build a new Jewish settlement in a predominantly Arab East Jerusalem neighborhood. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat warned that settlement construction “has a price and that this price will continue to grow” if Israel proceeds with its settlement plans, which he said could sabotage peace talks resumed only last week in Washington. Talks are expected to continue next week in Jerusalem following Israeli government approval to release 26 Palestinian prisoners out of 104 it agreed to release in four stages during the talks.
August 6, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- In a worrisome sign for U.S.-brokered Mideast peace talks, a poll released Tuesday found that more than half of Jewish Israelis would oppose a peace deal based on terms that have long been seen as the foundation of any resolution, including mutually agreeable land swaps that would allow Israel to keep its major settlements. The results underscore the political shift to the right of Jewish Israelis as well as a growing intransigence when it comes to making land concessions for peace, pollsters said.
August 3, 2013
Re "Israelis and Palestinians to confront tough issues," July 31 It is disappointing that the United States continues to show unconditional support for Israel even when our ally violates international law and ignores U.N. resolutions condemning its behavior. From 1972 to 2011, the United States has issued the only vetoes to 42 U.N. Security Council resolutions condemning Israel's behavior, most of which were related to the occupied territories. These negotiations would be unnecessary if Israel would respect U.N. resolutions and the International Court of Justice concerning settlements, borders, the right of return, the separation barrier with much of the West Bank and the status of Jerusalem.
July 30, 2013 |
DAMASCUS, Syria - A chaotic passageway through blasted walls, blood-spattered floors and bullet-pocked rooms leads to the narrow stairway where a teenager pokes his Kalashnikov rifle into a sliver of light slicing through the sandbags. "If we don't protect our camp, who will?" asked 18-year-old Yehya from his perch on a landing, keeping watch on crumbling apartment blocks and debris-laden streets outside. The battle for Damascus, the capital, has become a brutal fight for the suburbs.
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July 30, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days without food or water will receive $4.1 million from the federal government to settle his claim for maltreatment. The settlement, approved by the Department of Justice, was announced Tuesday in San Diego by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale. "It was an accident, a really, really bad, horrible accident," Chong said. Iredale said Chong has undergone intensive psychotherapy and been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.
July 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- U.S. regulators said Thursday that they reached an $885-million settlement with UBS Americas Inc. of a suit alleging that the subsidiary of the Swiss banking giant misrepresented mortgage bonds it sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The settlement covers securities backed by home mortgages that were sold to Fannie and Freddie during the subprime housing market boom in 2004 to 2007, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said. The agency, the regulator for Fannie and Freddie, sued UBS in 2011, alleging more than $900 million in losses from the purchase of the bad bonds.
July 23, 2013 |
A financial settlement has been reached between Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches, bringing to an end a long and bitter divorce saga. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that as part of the settlement, Funches will receive $5 million, four cars and a mansion she once shared with Wade. There is also an agreement that says neither side can make disparaging comments about each other, the Sun-Times reports. The settlement comes three days after Funches sat alongside a busy Chicago street outside a courthouse with a sign implying that the three-time NBA champ had left her homeless and destitute.