Madoff Settlement: About 720,000 investors outside the United States who lost money to the convicted swindler Bernard L. Madoff have settled with their banks, receiving about $15.5 billion in all, according to law firms representing those victims of the fraud, The New York Times reports.
BP Blame: The federal agency responsible for regulating U.S. offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to the Washington Post.
Doing Good: A Pro Bono Institute survey suggest that the push to have deferred associates spend their downtime at pro bono organizations worked out better than expected, The National Law Journal reports.
Supreme Court Roundup: The U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision on legal fees in disability cases and allowed a bias case over firefighter hiring to go forward, according to The National Law Journal.
Do Ask, Do Tell: The White House is backing a proposal that would put the United States on a path toward repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, Reuters reports.
More Threats: FBI documents reveal a surge in death threats against lawmakers, according to Politico.