China’s leaders want to lift the gray blanket of deadly smog that often chokes Beijing’s residents by shifting power plants to the less populated western part of the country inhabited by minorities. That’s turning into a nightmare for Ani Yetahon who lives in Oriliq, a village about 1,800 miles from the capital where some residents still walk to the well for their water.
Bernard Madoff’s computer programmers were tricked into aiding his $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme and prosecutors failed to prove otherwise during a five- month trial, a defense lawyer said in closing arguments.
Democrat Jim Slattery and Republican Vin Weber represented opposing parties for a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today, the two former members of Congress are aligned in advocating for a western-leaning Ukraine.
Alpha Natural Resources Inc., the second-largest U.S. coal producer, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and spend about $200 million to implement wastewater treatment systems under a proposed settlement with the U.S. government over toxic discharges from its mines in five states.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel got a taste of the budget fights he will face this year as senators protested his proposals to cut the Army’s size, reduce benefits for troops and retire the A-10 attack plane.
Five former members of Bernard L. Madoff’s inner circle told a “staggering” number of lies to prop up their boss’s $17.5 billion Ponzi scheme, a prosecutor said during closing arguments in their criminal trial.