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  • WICHITA, Kan.— A federal judge gave final approval to a $90 million settlement in the lawsuit by former Boeing workers over retirement plan benefits after the sale of the company's Wichita operations. District Judge Monti Belot found on Thursday that the settlement agreement is "fair, reasonable, and adequate," and was entered into in good faith.

  • MINEOLA, N.Y.— A federal judge has struck down as unconstitutional a suburban New York town's law banning day laborers from soliciting for work on public sidewalks, declaring its broad application could affect children selling lemonade in their driveway. U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley said in a ruling Thursday that Oyster Bay's law violates the First...

  • In a statement Thursday, USDA spokesman Sam Jones-Ellard said the department is looking into the documents and "does not condone any efforts to limit competing products in commerce. "But he didn't say if USDA would take any action, and it's unclear if the egg board's communications would violate legal requirements for research and promotion programs.

  • CLEVELAND— A reputed mob associate and former son-in-law of mob boss John Gotti has pleaded not guilty in Cleveland to charges including conspiracy and money laundering. Fifty-six-year-old Carmine "The Bull" Agnello of Bentleyville pleaded not guilty Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Agnello has been free on bond since two days after his July 15...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. The New York- based Waterkeeper Alliance says the company will release more information about its efforts to stop oil from leaking at the site where one of its...

  • DENVER— Federal regulators have recommended that a northwestern Colorado coal mine threatened with closure partly over its impact on global warming remain open. Jackson's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by New Mexico- based WildEarth Guardians, which also has sued to challenge the San Juan coal mine in New Mexico and the Spring Creek mine near the...

  • New federal requirements on cellphone surveillance Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Federal law enforcement officials will be routinely required to get a search warrant before using secretive and intrusive cellphone-tracking technology under a new Justice Department policy announced Thursday. The policy applies only to federal agencies within the Justice Department and not, as some privacy advocates had hoped, to state and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers. Things have changed dramatically since the class-action lawsuit was filed in 2011....

  • PITTSBURGH— The city of Pittsburgh's recent decision to pay $375,000 to settle legal claims brought by families of four people killed in flash flooding leaves Chrysler as the remaining defendant. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority, and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority also previously settled,...

  • The new protections are part of a broader rule from the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out anti-bias provisions of President Barack Obama's health care law. "This is a huge step," said Michael Silverman, director of the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York. The Supreme Court recognized a constitutional right for same-sex...

  • Port Authority spends $1.75M on lawyers in bridge case Thursday, 3 Sep 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    The Port Authority is using $1.8 billion in toll money from Hudson River crossings to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway and three other New Jersey roads, a policy urged by Christie's administration. The legal question is whether the Port Authority misled bondholders and investors. Eleven law firms have been involved in the work on behalf of the Port Authority and its...

  • *California senate to vote on revised bill. SYDNEY, Sept 3- The Australian government is under fire for lobbying the California legislature to stop a ban on the sale of kangaroo products in the U.S. state, a restriction the industry argues would cripple exports of the marsupials' meat and leather. The California senate will vote on Thursday on a bill to extend a...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 2- A U.S. judge on Wednesday granted final approval to a $415 million settlement that ends a high profile lawsuit in which workers accused Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies of conspiring to hold down salaries. The plaintiffs alleged that Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and Adobe Systems Inc agreed to avoid poaching each...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." Sony Pictures declined to comment on the settlement. In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by...

  • Sept 2- Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has reached a settlement agreement with nine former employees who had filed a lawsuit claiming that their personal data was stolen in a 2014 hacking tied to the studio's release of a comedy film set in North Korea, "The Interview." In June, a U.S. judge had rejected a bid by Sony Pictures, the entertainment arm of Sony Corp, to...

  • Federal Sony data breach lawsuit settled, lawyer says Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Lawyers for former Sony Pictures Entertainment employees whose data was breached last year say they have tentatively reached a settlement with the company. Plaintiffs' attorney Daniel Girard wrote that he and fellow lawyers believe the settlement is favorable to employees whose personal, financial and medical information was posted online.

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Two former shepherds from Peru are accusing key players in the sheep industry in the western U.S. of conspiring to keep wages low for foreign workers. Rodolfo Llacua and Esliper Huaman, represented by a Denver law firm called Towards Justice, are seeking to have their lawsuit treated as a class-action case seeking damages for current and former...

  • WASHINGTON— A federal judge said Wednesday he plans to push ahead with a challenge to the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans, even as the program is set to expire at the end of November. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he has no intention of allowing the Obama administration to use legal...

  • A class-action lawsuit was filed in 2013 by women working at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Inc. The shipyard helps maintain and modernize U.S. Navy warships, and performs work for other government agencies and private companies. "Nothing in the Settlement is intended or will be construed as an admission by BAE Systems that Plaintiffs' claims in the lawsuit...

  • Trump vs Bush: The gloves are now off Wednesday, 2 Sep 2015 | 6:50 AM ET
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump (L) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) arrive on stage for the Republican presidential primary debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Republican candidates Donald Trump and Jeb Bush have traded rhetorical punches before, but never as forcefully as they have over the past 24 hours.