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Trial to Begin Over Arkema Chemical Plant Fire During Harvey

HOUSTON — Hurricane Harvey’s historic flooding in 2017 overwhelmed power systems at Arkema Inc.’s chemical plant in suburban Houston, eventually causing organic peroxides made at the facility to catch fire and explode, sending noxious black smoke into the air. The …

‘Clubby’ Culture Helped Push Indiana Trucking Firm into Ruin

INDIANAPOLIS — Here’s something you can be sure Franklin College won’t be highlighting in its student-recruitment marketing: All three of the former Celadon Group Inc. executives charged this year in what prosecutors call a sweeping accounting fraud graduated from the …

Virginia Attorney Charged in Extortion Plot Over Roundup

RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia attorney involved in litigation against Monsanto Co. over health risks associated with Roundup weed killer has been charged by federal prosecutors for allegedly trying to extort $200 million from an unnamed company. Timothy Litzenburg, of …

Report: North Korean Hackers are Working with Eastern European Cybercriminals

North Korean state-backed hackers appear to be cooperating with Eastern European cybercriminals, a report said on Wednesday, a finding that suggests digital gangsters and state-backed spies are finding common ground online. Mountain View, California-based SentinelOne says that the Lazarus Group …

U.S. Prosecutors Open Criminal Probe of Opioid Makers, Distributors

Federal prosecutors are investigating six pharmaceutical companies for potential criminal charges in connection with shipping big quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, according to regulatory filings. Five companies have received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office …

Brazilian Prosecutors Seek $10B from Chevron Due to Oil Leak

Brazilian prosecutors are seeking $10.6 billion in damages from the U.S. oil company Chevron because of an oil leak at one of its offshore wells. Federal prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro state say they’re seeking the money because of environmental …

French Writer Drops Plan to Sue Strauss-Kahn

A French writer whose claim that Dominique Strauss-Kahn tried to rape her in 2003 was dropped by prosecutors says she won’t file a civil suit against the former IMF head and one-time French presidential hopeful. Tristane Banon says she’s “always …