Archdiocese to settle *

Associated Press reports that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles has agreed to pay at least $600 million to settle legal cases with hundreds of Catholics who say they were sexually abused by clergy here. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in some of the cases. AP reporter Gillian Flaccus says two sources with knowledge of the deal tell her it will be announced Monday.

* Saturday night: Victims will receive $660 million — averaging $1.3 million per — in what the Times calls "by far the largest of any settlement arising nationwide from the 5-year-old clergy abuse scandal." Representatives of the church and the plaintiffs confirmed the deal tonight. LAT

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