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Palestinian National Authority

US likely to intervene in Palestinian terror case

The federal government is moving closer toward intervening in a high-stakes civil case over Palestinian terror attacks in the early 2000s that killed or wounded Americans. A jury in New York last February awarded the victims $218.5 million in damages, a penalty lawyers say would be automatically tripled. Representatives from the Justice and State departments met Tuesday with plaintiffs in the case to discuss a likely "statement of interest" the government plans to file. The statement would urge a judge to keep in mind that heavy bond payments could put the Palestinian Authority on shaky financial ground and weaken the group's ability to govern. A lawyer for the victims has...