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Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled

Harrisburg, Pa.

Lawyer says first Penn State claim settled

A man who was sexually abused by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has become the first to settle a civil claim against the university, the man's attorney said Saturday. The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported that the young man known as "Victim 5," who testified at Sandusky's criminal trial last year, settled for several million dollars. Attorney Tom Kline confirmed the deal in an email to the Associated Press but did not immediately provide any other details. The paper reported the deal is the first of 26 settlements expected soon among 31 young men who have pressed claims over the actions of Sandusky. Penn State's trustees authorized some $60 million in settlements last month. Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for child molestation and related offenses.

Los Angeles

Condom rule for porn films upheld

A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms. Friday's ruling is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, which was approved by voters in November. In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation presented sufficient evidence of the health risks the measure seeks to reduce.

Iran

President says nation wants shift

Iran's new president said Saturday that his countrymen elected him to change the country's foreign policy and shift away from the bombastic style adopted under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Hasan Rouhani said his government will adjust its tactics to reach out to world powers. But he said the Islamic Republic will retain its principles.

Britain

New information on Diana checked

British police say they are examining newly received information relating to the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, and that officers are assessing the information's "relevance and credibility." Scotland Yard declined to provide details about the information, saying Saturday in a statement that the assessment will be carried out by officers from its specialist crime and operations unit. The force stressed that it was not reopening the investigation into the 1997 deaths of Diana and Fayed in a car crash in Paris.

Elsewhere

Birmingham, Ala.: Federal investigators said Saturday they haven't found any problems with the controls in a UPS cargo jet that crashed while landing in Alabama, killing the two pilots.

Mexico: A top leader of Mexico's Gulf Cartel, Mario Armando Ramirez Trevino, was captured Saturday in a military operation near the Texas border, the government said.

Times wires

Lawyer says first Penn State abuse claim settled 08/17/13 [Last modified: Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:16pm]
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