Judge approves US$230M settlement in California oil spill case

LOS ANGELES – A judge has approved a US$230 million lawsuit settlement by the owners of a pipeline that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of crude oil into the ocean off California in 2015, lawyers announced Thursday. A federal judge in Los Angeles gave final approval on Tuesday to a settlement of a class-action suit … Read more

UK’s Truss, Kwarteng to meet fiscal watchdog amid market chaos

By Muvija M and William James LONDON – Prime Minister Liz Truss and her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng will meet the head of Britain’s independent fiscal watchdog on Friday as the government looks to reassure financial markets after days of chaos triggered by planned tax cuts. Kwarteng unveiled a string of lower taxes last week … Read more

Unification Church pledges reforms after Abe’s assassination

TOKYO – The Unification Church, whose close ties with Japan’s governing party have emerged after the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, acknowledged Thursday that it had accepted “excessive” donations from the suspect’s mother, and that it would need to consider it seriously if that led to the killing. Abe was shot to death … Read more

Ex-finance director at WVa airport sentenced for theft

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — An Ohio woman who was finance director for a West Virginia airport has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing nearly $49,500 in federal funds from the facility. Melissa Sue Hall, 46, of South Point, Ohio, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Huntington for her April guilty plea … Read more

Celtics: Udoka suspended for ‘multiple’ policy violations

BOSTON – The reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics suspended coach Ime Udoka after a months-long investigation by an outside law firm that found multiple violations of team policies but did not point to a larger cultural problem of sexual misconduct, owner Wyc Grousbeck said Friday. “We go to great lengths … to run the … Read more

Councillor calls for more consistent trash collection

Cindy Gilroy is calling for the city to mandate a minimum number of garbage bins on the properties of multi-family residences after a garbage pile-up in her ward. The Daniel McIntyre councillor introduced the motion at Thursday’s city council meeting. Gilroy said a building in her ward didn’t have a garbage bin at all, leading … Read more

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