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Trial on Harvey plant fire resumes after COVID-19 delay

A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 has resumed

HOUSTON — A trial in which a chemical manufacturer is facing charges over a fire at its suburban Houston plant during Hurricane Harvey that sent toxic smoke into the air in 2017 resumed on Thursday following a six-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Arkema Inc., a subsidiary of a French chemical manufacturer, and two of its employees are on trial over charges accusing them of releasing toxic pollutants.

Jurors on Thursday heard a summary of the case from ...

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BMW fined $18M for inflating monthly US sales figures

BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its monthly U.S. sales numbers for five straight years

DETROIT — BMW will pay an $18 million fine to settle allegations that it inflated its monthly U.S. sales numbers for five straight years.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday that the German luxury automaker kept a reserve of unreported sales that it drew on to meet monthly targets from 2015 to 2019.

BMW disclosed the misleading information while raising about $18 billion in several corporate bond offerings, the agency said.

“Companies accessing U.S...

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‘Suitcase Killer’ Melanie McGuire defends innocence from inside prison

For some, it might’ve seemed like a real-life episode of “The Sopranos.”

In 2004, three separate dark green Kenneth Cole suitcases, containing pieces of a dismembered body, were found in and around the Chesapeake Bay, near Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The body was eventually identified as ​39 year-old Bill McGuire, an employee of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, who lived more than 300 miles away in Woodbridge, New Jersey. The medical examiner determined that the body had been shot multiple times.

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Democrats in Pa. scramble to limit number of ‘naked ballots’

Democrats are scrambling in Pennsylvania to reduce the number of mail-in ballots that could be rejected because voters fail to put them in the required “secrecy envelope.”

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democrats are launching a digital ad targeting Pennsylvanians voting by mail to explain how to correctly fill out and return the ballots, hoping to avert worried predictions that 100,000 votes or more could be invalidated because the ballots aren’t put in the proper envelope.

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Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge virus relief bill

WASHINGTON — House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration.

The chamber passed a $3.4 trillion rescue measure in May but Republicans dismissed the measure as bloated and unrealistic...

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Supreme Court favorite faces renewed attention for religious affiliation

The ecumenical organization, People of Praise, has fought to distance itself from comparisons to the oppressive fictional religious order in the Margaret Atwood book and television adaptation, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” But to Andrew Seidel, a constitutional attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the symbolic comparisons to Atwood’s dystopian narrative invite real and important questions.

“There are serious and deep conc...

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State fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak

Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce

The outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant’s 850 workers testing positive for the virus, 80 more than the state previously acknowledged, according to inspection records released Thursday.

The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on June 1 that ...

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Trump booed while visiting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s casket at Supreme Court

The president has moved swiftly to fill her seat and questioned her dying wish.

Members of the public have been waiting for hours to file past the flag-draped casket, which will on Friday be moved to the Capitol building where Ginsburg will lie in state.

Standing a block away during the president...

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Mary Trump alleges in lawsuit her family ‘fleeced’ her out of millions of dollars

The suit filed on Thursday includes claims revealed in her recent book.

President Donald Trump and his siblings “fleeced” their niece out of tens of millions of dollars, Mary L. Trump alleges in a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

The president’s niece is suing her uncle, his sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, and their late brother, Robert Trump, in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleging they cheated her out of her multi-million dollar inheritance, an allegation she first revealed in her recently published book.

“Fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said.

The White House previously has rejected the claims Mary Trump made in her book, but she repeated ...

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Trump niece files suit saying family cheated her of millions

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s niece followed up her best-selling, tell-all book with a lawsuit Thursday alleging that the president and two of his siblings cheated her out of millions of dollars over several decades while squeezing her out of the family business.

Mary L. Trump sought unspecified damages in the lawsuit, filed in a state court in New York City.

“Fraud was not just the family business — it was a way of life,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit alleged the president, his brother Robert, and a sister, the former federal judge Maryanne Trump Barry, portrayed themselves as Mary Trump’s protectors while secretly taking her share of minority interests in the family’s extensive real estate holdings. Robert Trump died last month.

Messages seeking comment were sent to the Justice Dep...

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