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Twins settle Facebook suit

SAN FRANCISCO — The Harvard University classmates of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are ending the legal battle made famous by the Hollywood movie "The Social Network."

In a one-paragraph court filing Wednesday, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss said they would accept a settlement that was worth $65 million when agreed upon in 2008.

The twins had sought to undo the settlement of $20 million cash and $45 million in stock.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the twins, saying they had been represented by a squadron of Silicon Valley lawyers and their father, a noted business professor.

Their stock is now worth more than $100 million.

Pentagon releases classified report

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has released a previously secret report on a failed $1 billion National Security Agency computer project that supports criticisms of several whistleblowers, including former spy-agency official Thomas Drake.

The government last year accused Drake of handing a reporter highly classified documents about the project, called Trailblazer.

Drake's was one of several leak cases prosecuted by the Obama administration under the Espionage Act, a policy criticized by anti-secrecy groups as overkill.

The case fell apart this month after the government balked at putting classified material in evidence. Drake pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and will be sentenced July 15.

Marine reservist linked to shootings

WASHINGTON — A Marine reservist who was detained during a security scare near the Pentagon last week has been linked to the shootings last year at the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and several D.C.-area military recruitment stations, officials said Wednesday.

Ballistics evidence appears to link Yonathan Melaku, 22, to the shootings, one official said.

Melaku, of Alexandria, Va., is being held without bail on unrelated larceny charges involving car break-ins that happened after the shootings. He has not been charged in last week's incident or the building shootings.

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