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Police detained Farrar (pictured below), 42, at Collin County jail with charges of misdemeanour counts of possession, theft, and harassment by phone

US court rules sperm donor to lesbian couple is legal father and must pay child support

Kansas state sues Marotta for $6,000 in child support for four-year-old girl

BP had originally projected that its settlement in the case would cost $7.8 billion but later boosted this to $9.2 billion

2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill: US appeals court affirms BP multi-billion dollar settlement

A panel of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a federal judge's approval of a multi-billion dollar settlement between BP Plc and businesses and individuals who lost money and property in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

BP wins US court reprieve over Gulf of Mexico oil spill payments

BP has won a key court victory in the US that will limit the amount of compensation the oil giant will have to pay following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010.

Texas prosecutor Ken Anderson jailed for convicting innocent Michael Morton

Mr Morton was wrongfully convicted of the murder of his wife and spent 25 years in jail before DNA evidence proved his innocence

'They were completely oblivious': Hundreds of passengers on packed commuter train were so engrossed in mobile phones that they failed to spot gun-wielding student killer

Officers studying CCTV of Justin Valdez's murder say the gunman pulled out and aimed the weapon several times while riding on the train

'Evil Elmo' arrested for anti-semitic rants in Times Square pleads guilty to attempting to extort $2million from Girl Scouts of America

Dan Sandler was also charged with harassing and stalking a Girl Scouts employee with dozens of threatening and bizarre emails and photos

Swedish court rules that it is ‘okay’ to masturbate in public

A 65-year-old man who pleasured himself on a Stockholm beach acquitted of sexual assault because he ‘was not targeting a specific person’

Family members of the children killed in the tsunami attend Sendai District Court

Families awarded damages by Japanese court over schoolbus that drove into tsunami

A court in Japan has awarded 270 million yen (£1.7m) to parents of four children killed when their nursery school bus carried them into the path of the March 2011 tsunami.

California court rules prisoners on hunger strike can be force-fed

A judge has ruled that prisoners can be force -fed over concerns that those on hunger strike had been coerced into doing do

Disgraced former champ Lance Armstrong:

Lance Armstrong claims government overlooked drug allegations because his team were sponsored by the US Postal Service

Disgraced cyclist urges judge to dismiss US government lawsuit

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Beyoncé's father sues The Sun for 'maliciously' misrepresenting his relationship with his daughter

Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles is suing The Sun for defamation over claims the paper “knowingly and maliciously” misrepresented his relationship with his daughter, whom he managed until 2011.

Willie Smith Ward got 50 years in prison for stealing a rack of ribs

Man in Waco, Texas, gets 50 years in prison for stealing a $35 rack of ribs

Willie Smith Ward had five previous felonies and four convictions for misdemeanours

Nebraska-based agents ran the website, described as being bulletin board-type, for two months back in November.

FBI ran child porn site for two weeks in bid to identify 5,000 sex offenders

Over the course of the two weeks the agency attempted to identify 5,600 users who were responsible for sharing photographs of children being abused

Alexander Lebedev says charges are 'fabricated'

The businessman Alexander Lebedev told a Russian court that he did not understand the accusations against him of “hooliganism motivated by political hatred” that could see him jailed for up to five years.

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