Utility NiSource to pay $56 million to resolve Massachusetts gas blasts probe

BOSTON – NiSource Inc will pay $56 million to resolve a probe into Massachusetts gas explosions in 2018 linked to a utility it owns that killed one person and destroyed multiple buildings, the state’s attorney general said Thursday. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said the settlement with NiSource and its subsidiary Columbia Gas of Massachusetts will provide debt relief to low-income gas customers and pay for clean energy programs. The settlement resolves Healey’s probe into…

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Bill targeting banks over China’s Hong Kong law passes U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing’s draconian new national security law on Hong Kong, sending it to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature. The House of Representatives on Wednesday also passed the bill without opposition, a rare example of overwhelming bipartisan support reflecting concern over the erosion of the autonomy that had allowed the former British colony to…

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‘A good place to hide:’ New Hampshire locals had no idea Jeffrey Epstein ally holed up nearby

BRADFORD, New Hampshire – Ghislaine Maxwell was hiding out in style: her luxury timber-framed home perched on 156 acres of New Hampshire pine and oak forests boasts dramatic views of Mount Sunapee’s foothills, but is secluded enough to have kept her out of eyeshot of the tight-knit locals. It was not until Thursday that other residents of this rural corner of New England knew her whereabouts, after FBI agents arrested her on charges she lured…

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Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on sex abuse charges

– Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend and longtime associate of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday on U.S. charges of luring underage girls so that Epstein could sexually abuse them. The arrest of the British socialite is the latest twist in the mystery of Epstein, who started out as a high school math teacher and went on to develop a high-flying lifestyle including private Caribbean islands and powerful…

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‘Breath of relief:’ Jeffrey Epstein accusers welcome Ghislaine Maxwell’s arrest

NEW YORK – Women who accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual assault and their attorneys welcomed Thursday’s arrest of his longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell, who was charged with helping him find victims, as an opportunity for justice after Epstein’s death. “Today, my fellow Epstein survivors and I are able to take a breath of relief, as Maxwell’s arrest means some justice for survivors can exist,” said Jennifer Araoz, who has accused Maxwell of helping traffic her…

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U.S. prosecutor says Ghislaine Maxwell played ‘critical role’ in Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse

WASHINGTON – Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said on Thursday Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime associate Ghislaine Maxwell played a “critical role” in his sexual abuse of minor girls, as federal prosecutors charged her for her role in an alleged scheme.

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UAW leader, U.S. prosecutor discuss independent oversight for union

DETROIT – The United Auto Workers’ president met on Tuesday with the U.S. prosecutor heading a federal investigation into corruption at the union, and the two said they discussed reforms including possible independent oversight of future labor agreements. In a joint statement, union chief Rory Gamble and Matthew Schneider, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said they discussed the “concept of an independent monitor… to reduce the possibility of a reoccurrence of…

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Turkey’s Halkbank to seek removal of U.S. judge in Iran sanctions case

NEW YORK – Halkbank will ask the U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case accusing it of helping Iran evade American sanctions to recuse himself, a lawyer for the Turkish bank said on Tuesday. The lawyer, Robert Cary, notified U.S. District Judge Richard Berman of Halkbank’s intention at a hearing, without providing a reason. Berman set a July 14 deadline for a formal request. Halkbank and its lawyers declined to comment. U.S. prosecutors have accused Halkbank…

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‘Not a generic name’: Booking.com wins trademark fight at U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON – The travel reservation company Booking.com, a unit of Booking Holdings Inc, deserves to be able to trademark its name, the U.S. Supreme Court decided on Tuesday, overruling a federal agency that found it too generic to merit protection. The court decided 8-1 that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was incorrect when it denied the company’s application to trademark the name Booking.com, with the justices finding it distinctive enough that the agency should…

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Russia bounty reports, if true, should lead to U.S. sanctions, John Bolton says

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday the United States should consider economic sanctions on Russia as part of a strong U.S. response if it is true that Moscow offered bounty payments to Taliban forces for killing Americans in Afghanistan. Speaking to Television, Bolton said the reports, if confirmed, were “tantamount to an attack on Americans directly” and the publication of them appears to have triggered “chaos…

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