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Judge To Hear Plan To Pay $657 Million To WTC Responders

NEW YORK – (AP) Thousands of ground zero workers who claim to have been sickened by dust and debris from the World Trade Center will have 90 days to decide whether to accept a settlement worth up to $657.5 million. U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who must approve the deal, scheduled...

Group Sues To Stop Mosque Near New York's Ground Zero

NEW YORK - (AP) The debate over a planned Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero became a court fight Wednesday, as a conservative advocacy group sued to try to stop a project that has become a fulcrum for balancing religious freedom and the legacy of the Sept. 11 attacks. Full version...

'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

Judge Nixes Lawsuit Over Mosque Planned Near Ground Zero

NEW YORK - (AP) A judge has tossed out a lawsuit aiming to stop a proposed mosque about two blocks from ground zero. The American Center for Law and Justice said Monday it plans to appeal the ruling. The conservative legal group filed the lawsuit on behalf of former firefighter Timothy Brown. The suit...

New York Hotel Sues Over Ground Zero Construction Noise

NEW YORK - (AP) The din of rebuilding the World Trade Center is driving guests away from a prominent hotel overlooking ground zero, and the agency in charge hasn't listened to requests to quell the noise, the hotel's owner says in a lawsuit filed Friday. The Millennium Hilton has lost $8 million...