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Government to compensate Nixon estate 18 million for papers, tapes

(Washington-AP) -- The Justice Department has agreed to pay 18 million dollars to the estate of President Nixon.

The money is compensation for seized presidential papers and secretly recorded tapes.

The materials were seized at the request of Congress when Nixon resigned in 1974 rather than face impeachment.

The government says Nixon's estate was seeking 35 million dollars plus 25 years worth of interest charges -- that brought their final asking price to more than 200 million dollars.

The 18 million dollar figure was reached in a settlement of a lengthy lawsuit filed in federal court in Washington.

Nixon sued for compensation of 37-hundred hours of tape recordings, photos and other items seized after he resigned over the Watergate affair.

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