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CVS to settle Calif. claims for nearly $14 million

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) -- CVS Caremark Corp. will pay nearly $14 million to settle California claims that it illegally disposed of hazardous waste at California stores.

Authorities say a Ventura County judge approved the settlement Wednesday.

The Rhode Island-based chain came under investigation two years ago after allegations that it mishandled medical, pharmaceutical and photographic waste at California stores over a seven-year period.

The $13.75 million settlement will be shared by prosecutors, fire and environmental health departments from some 45 cities and counties.