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By Jeb Blount RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against No. 2 U.S. oil company Chevron Corp after approving a negotiated settlement, a decision that closes a nearly two-year legal battle over a November 2011 oil spill. Brazilian prosecutors had sought 40 billion reais ($18 billion) in damages from Chevron and offshore drilling contractor Transocean Ltd for a 3,600-barrel leak in the Frade offshore oil field, which Chevron operates, northeast of Rio de Janeiro. Prosecutors also filed criminal charges against the companies and 17 of their employees. ... (Reuters) - The Department of Justice on Tuesday requested a stay of proceedings in its legal fight with US Airways Group Inc and American Airlines parent AMR Corp over the carriers' proposed merger, citing the federal government shutdown. "Absent an appropriation, the Department of Justice attorneys and employees are generally prohibited from working, even on a voluntary basis," the Justice Department said in a motion. "This is creating difficulties for the Department to perform the functions necessary to support its litigation efforts. ... WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is getting ready to address the American people as the federal government moves ahead with a partial shutdown and new health insurance exchanges are launching under his health care law. President Barack Obama will meet in the Oval Office with a groups of people who will likely benefit from the health law.

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