$5 billion paid in Gulf claims

JACKSON, Miss. —The fund set up to compensate victims of last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has paid more than $5 billion in claims, the fund administrator said Tuesday.

Washington, D.C. lawyer Kenneth Feinberg also released a summary of payouts from the $20 billion fund, which was established in August 2010 to help people whose lives and businesses were hurt by the spill.

The report says the Gulf Coast Claims Facility had received 947,892 claims from all 50 states and 36 foreign countries. It said 359,441 claims were paid and 430,000 were denied. Some are pending. Others are still coming in.

Woman settles suit with online dating site

LOS ANGELES — A woman who sued after being sexually assaulted by a man she met on the online dating site has settled her lawsuit in a Los Angeles court.

Tuesday's settlement comes after attorneys provided proof to the court that it is screening its members to see if any are sexual predators.

Carole Markin had sought a court order requiring to check its members against state and federal sex-offender databases.

She sued after finding out her attacker, 67-year-old Alan Wurtzel, had been convicted of sexual battery.

He pleaded no contest to assaulting Markin.

ACLU sues Trenton over Facebook gift

TRENTON, N.J. —The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey is suing the state's biggest city for refusing to release records related to a $100 million gift pledged to its schools by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of a parents group it says was denied access to records requested under New Jersey's Open Public Records Act.

The request sought to review correspondence among Zuckerberg, Newark employees including Mayor Cory Booker, state officials and others involved in the deal.

The ACLU says the parents want to know more about how the gift would be used.