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Family Reaches $13M Settlement with Seattle over Deadly Crash

The family of a couple killed in 2013 by a drunk driver has settled with the city of Seattle for $13 million. The family of Dennis and Judy Schulte settled with the city. Prosecutors say Mark Mullan was drunk when …

Kansas Woman Struck by Deputy Settles Lawsuit for $40K

A Kansas woman who was injured when a deputy crashed into her car while rushing to an accident at a motorcycle race course is settling her lawsuit for $40,000. The Wichita Eagle reports that the Sedgwick County commission approved the …

Instructor Sues Oregon University over Racial Discrimination

An instructor has filed a lawsuit against Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. alleging the school wrongly fired him while he was on medical leave because of work-related stress. The Register-Guard reports Johnny Lake, a black man, says he lost …

Family of Man Shot by Police Files Suit Against Washington City

The family of a Native American man fatally shot by police who mistook a cellphone for a gun has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Lakewood, Wash. and police involved in the 2015 shooting. The Seattle Times reported …

California School District to Pay $7M to Teen Injured from Football

A school district outside San Diego, Calif. has agreed to pay a former student and his family $7.1 million after he received a brain injury while playing football. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports the Grossmont Union High School District is …

Owners Settle with Louisiana Sheriff, Deputy Over Killing of Dog

The owners of a dog that was shot and killed by a Louisiana sheriff’s deputy will receive $75,000 in a settlement of their lawsuit against a sheriff who has had legal troubles. The settlement isn’t an “admission of liability” by …

Fire Damages, Destroys 5 Texas School Buses, Foul Play Not Suspected

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that damaged or destroyed five Texas school buses parked in a transportation lot during spring break. A statement from the Coldspring-Oakhurst Independent School District says authorities do not suspect foul play …

Citing Discrimination, Black Police Officers Sue Little Rock, Arkansas

Four black police officers are suing the city of Little Rock alleging age and racial discrimination, underscoring a growing divide between the city’s police chief and an organization for black officers. The federal lawsuit filed March 12 argued that Lt. …

California Teacher Injures Students with Accidental Gun Discharge

Police say a teacher in California accidentally fired his gun in a classroom, injuring three students. It happened Tuesday at Seaside High School as Dennis Alexander was teaching a gun safety lesson for his administration of justice class. Police say …

FBI: More than 100 School Threats in Louisiana Since Feb. 14

Authorities have investigated at least 106 threats of violence in or near schools in Louisiana since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school, state police and the FBI said. The news came as the University of New …