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1. The Oakland City Council has agreed to pay $6.5 million to settle two major lawsuits filed against the police department in the search-warrant scandal, the Trib reports. The scandal involved Oakland police officers, several of whom are still on the force, falsifying sworn affidavits to obtain warrants. The officers said drug-like substances had been tested by the department’s crime lab when they had not, and the scandal resulted in the dismissal of dozens of felony drug cases. The city will have to pay $2 million to settle the suit from its own cash-strapped coffers, while Oakland’s insurance carrier will pay the other $4.5 million. The agreement settles two lawsuits filed on behalf of 104 people.

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