Equal pay deal for US women’s soccer approved by judge

United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after winning the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final soccer match against Canada in Monterrey, Mexico, on July 18. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

LOS ANGELES — The proposed $24 million settlement between U.S. women soccer players and the sport’s American governing body was approved Thursday by a federal judge, who scheduled a Dec. 5 hearing for final approval.