RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit twelve women brought last summer against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of fostering an unsafe environment on its Virginia campus and mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

A notice of dismissal filed by the plaintiffs' attorney, Jack Larkin, said the case had been settled but provided no details about the terms.

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Rosmarie Trapp, whose Austrian family the von Trapps was made famous in the musical and beloved movie “The Sound of Music,” has died. Trapp Family Lodge says she died Friday at the age of 93 at a nursing home in Morrisville, Vermont. Rosmarie was the first daughter of Austrian naval Capt. Georg von Trapp and Maria von Trapp and a younger half-sibling of the older von Trapp children portrayed on stage and in the movie. The family escaped from Nazi-occupied Austria in 1938 and performed singing tours throughout Europe and America. They settled in Vermont in the early 1940s and opened a ski lodge in Stowe.

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The star prosecution witness in the trial of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer charged with lying to the FBI says he was “100%” confident that the attorney told him he was not acting on behalf of a particular client when he presented information meant to cast suspicions on Donald Trump and possible connections to Russia. James Baker is on the witness stand Thursday in the trial of Michael Sussmann, a lawyer for the campaign. Sussmann is on trial, accused of lying to Baker by saying he wasn't representing a particular client during the September 2016 meeting.

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., May 19, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — California-based XG announced today the appointment of Yvonne Robinson as Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she will guide the company’s operations and growth, while overseeing the day-to-day management.

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Twitter is stepping up its fight against misinformation with a new policy cracking down on posts that spread potentially dangerous false stories. The change is part of a broader effort to promote accurate information during times of conflict or crisis. Under the new rules, which take effect Thursday, Twitter will no longer automatically recommend or amplify posts that mischaracterize conditions during a conflict or make misleading claims about war crimes or atrocities. Posts that violates the rules could also have warning labels applied, as well as links to more trustworthy content. Twitter says it will apply the rules first to Ukraine and then to future humanitarian crises.

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The trial for Johnny Depp’s libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard has returned to the recurring themes of Depp’s jealousy and substance abuse. Bruce Witkin is a musician who was friends with Depp for nearly 40 years. In videotaped testimony played in court Thursday, he said the actor first displayed jealousy in romantic relationships decades ago. He said Depp also became jealous during his relationship with Heard. Witkin said both Heard and Depp showed signs of physical abuse. But he said he never saw the actors physically hurt each other. Depp is suing Heard for libel in Virginia over an op-ed she wrote that described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

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Indiana’s sales tax charged on gasoline will barely change next month despite the recent sharp increase in gas prices. A calculation released Thursday by the Indiana Department of Revenue sets the state sales tax charged on gas at 24 cents a gallon for June. The rate charged during May is 24.1 cents a gallon. The steady sales tax rate means the state’s total gas tax will remain about 56 cents per gallon. Democrats are pushing for Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb to suspend the gas tax, although Holcomb says he doesn’t have authority to do so. Indiana also has a road projects tax charged on gasoline that’s currently 32 cents a gallon.

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An appeals court has reinstated a New York City law that prohibits the city’s police officers from putting pressure on a person’s torso while making an arrest, reversing a lower court ruling that labeled the measure as “unconstitutionally vague.” A five-judge panel in the appellate division of the state’s trial court ruled that the law, passed in 2020 the wake of the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, is clear in what officers can and can’t do and won’t lead to arbitrary or discriminatory enforcement. Messages seeking comment were left Thursday with the Police Benevolent Association and lawyers for the city.

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A huge fire set off by an explosion is burning at a marine construction company in southeast Wisconsin. There was no immediate word on whether anyone was injured Thursday at Summerset Marine Construction in the small Waukesha County community of Eagle, about 35 miles southwest of Milwaukee. Aerial video shows a massive black cloud of smoke. Kettle Moraine Fire District administrative assistant Janine Conk says an explosion touched off the fire. There was no immediate word about what caused the explosion. The company's website says it makes piers and docks, with a 24,000-square-foot facility in Eagle that includes a showroom, office, factory and warehouse. About 275 students at Eagle Elementary School, about a quarter-mile from Summerset Marine, were evacuated.

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Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is firing back at Alabama coach Nick Saban. Fisher called Saban a “narcissist” and said his comments about the Aggies are “despicable.” Saban called out Texas A&M earlier this week, suggesting the school essentially bought top recruits through endorsement deals. Fisher says he did not take a call from Saban and declared: “We're done.”

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Reproductive rights advocates are planning to open new abortion clinics or expand the capacity of existing ones in states without restrictive abortion laws. This comes as a leaked draft of a U.S. Supreme Court opinion says justices could overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. Some Democratic-led states in the West and the Northeast are proposing public money for an expected influx of people traveling from other places for abortions. A clinic in Memphis, Tennessee, plans to open an abortion facility in August in the southern Illinois city of Carbondale. Illinois has easy abortion access but is surrounded by more restrictive states.

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A small brewery in Finland has launched a NATO-themed beer to mark the Nordic country’s bid to join the Western military alliance. Olaf Brewing’s OTAN lager features a blue label with a cartoon version of a beer-drinking medieval knight in metal armor emblazoned with NATO’s compass symbol. The beer’s name is a play on the Finnish expression “Otan olutta,” which means “I’ll have a beer,” and the French abbreviation for NATO, which is “OTAN.” CEO Petteri Vanttinen told The Associated Press on Thursday that the craft brewery’s ad hoc decision last weekend to start producing the beer was motivated by “worries over the war in Ukraine” and its consequences for Finland.