A utility company will pay the largest criminal fine ever imposed for breaking a federal pipeline safety law — $53 million — and plead guilty to causing a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts that killed one person and damaged dozens of homes, federal officials said Wednesday.
He remains in custody — but not quite in prison. Harvey Weinstein is now in his second full day of lockup after he his rape conviction on Monday. Technically, he is in a prison facility at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, being treated for high blood pressure and heart palpitations. His lawyer says it’s like a regular hospital room, but a former corrections official says it’s a jail, all right. Once Weinstein’s symptoms are under control, he gets shipped to Rikers Island — the city’s largest and most notorious jail. He will remain there until he is sentenced next month — they he will be shipped off to prison to serve a term that could be as much as 29 years.
Michael Liedtke and Daisy Nguyen, Associated Press | PostedFeb 25th - 11:05pm
A $13.5 billion settlement between victims of California's catastrophic wildfires and the utility blamed for causing them was supposed to bring some peace and hope to people still reeling from the devastation.
Steve Peoples, Meg Kinnard and Bill Barrow, Associated Press | PostedFeb 25th - 10:19pm
Eyeing a South Carolina victory to rescue his presidential ambitions, Joe Biden claimed one of the state's most coveted endorsements on Wednesday as Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders marched past the blistering assault from his rivals on the debate stage the night before.
Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.”