Los Angeles school officials agreed to a $139 million settlement Friday for victims of a teacher jailed for lewd conduct with students, in what lawyers said was the biggest ever such payout. The deal, to settle lawsuits that had been due to shortly go to civil trial, covers 81 victims of teacher Mark Berndt, who allegedly photographed blindfolded students with roaches on their faces, and spoons of semen to their mouths. "Today, there is some measure of justice for children who were victimized for more than 30 years by a school district that refused to protect the children," said Luis Carrillo, a lawyer for the victims. The Los Angeles Unified School District had previously paid out some $30 million to over 60 other victims of the abuse at the Miramonte Elementary School.
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — As Bill Cosby's standup tour crumbled with shows canceled in six states, the embattled entertainer took to the stage Friday in Florida to a standing ovation from a sold-out crowd.
NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton voiced support Friday for President Barack Obama's use of executive actions to protect about 5 million immigrants from deportation, setting up a sharp contrast with Republicans on an issue that could play a leading role in the next presidential campaign.