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Judge convicts NY lawyer who fought Chevron of contempt

Jul. 26, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer who fought Chevron over oil pollution in Ecuador is guilty of criminal contempt of court for repeatedly and willfully defying a judge’s orders, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan wrote in a...

$35M settlement reached in Tennessee opioid lawsuit

Jul. 22, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A drug manufacturer announced Thursday that it has reached a $35 million agreement that would settle a Tennessee lawsuit by local governments and a child born dependent to opioids over the company's role in the opioid epidemic, though steps remain to finalize the...

Pennsylvania defends new, no-bid deal for contact tracing

Jul. 21, 2021 15:53 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP) — Pennsylvania health officials on Wednesday defended their decision to award another no-bid deal for COVID-19 contact tracing after a serious data breach involving the state’s previous vendor, calling it an urgent priority with cases rising and schools preparing to...

Slammed for bribery, Siemens continued to ignore red flags

Jul. 21, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

German engineering giant Siemens ignored some of its own red flags for foreign bribery in the aftermath of a major corruption scandal in 2008, according to newly released reports by an independent monitor and other confidential documents. The warnings involved the...

Pandemic, penalties aside, bribes go on at China hospitals

Jul. 20, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

As the coronavirus pandemic threatened to overwhelm Chinese hospitals last year, Chinese resellers appear to have colluded to inflate the prices of ventilators and other essential medical equipment from multinational companies including Siemens, GE and Philips, according to a review of recent...

Vaccine inequity: Inside the cutthroat race to secure doses

Jul. 18, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — No one disputes that the world is unfair. But no one expected a vaccine gap between the global rich and poor that was this bad, this far into the pandemic. Inequity is everywhere: Inoculations go begging in the United States while Haiti, a short plane ride...

Strong oil prices good for ND treasury, not so for roads

Jul. 15, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The same stronger-than-forecast oil prices that are swelling North Dakota’s treasury also could shrink dollars for road construction next year, officials said Thursday. Oil is used for road construction and making asphalt. The state Department of...

'I was in tears': South Africans take stand against rioting

Jul. 14, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Surveying the uneasy standoff between South African soldiers and huddles of young men faced off Wednesday across the rubble-strewn street in front of Soweto’s Maponya mall, Katlego Motati shook her head sadly. “I’m standing here against...

Audit finds no overpayments by Minnesota for COVID-19 tests

Jul. 14, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Office of the Legislative Auditor said Wednesday that it found no evidence that the state of Minnesota overpaid two companies it hired to conduct mail in and other rapid COVID-19 saliva testing. Instead, the auditor's report said, managed care...

Lawmakers demand answers on New York rent relief rollout

Jul. 13, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — It will be weeks before New York issues any payments from the state’s $2.4 billion COVID-19 rent relief fund, state officials told The Associated Press Tuesday, adding to delays in a program that has been beset by technical glitches with its online application portal....