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Calls to Mr. Lowry’s home were not immediately returned Monday.


Biden called for jury duty

WILMINGTON | Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. won’t have to serve on a Delaware jury.

He reported to court this morning in Wilmington for jury duty along with about 100 other people after receiving a jury summons.

Mr. Biden, along with other prospective jurors, was dismissed shortly after noon.

Mr. Biden told the News Journal that he is no different than anyone else, and that it’s “an honor to be a part of the system.”

He and several Secret Service agents waited with other prospective jurors. During a break, staffers poured in from a side door to consult with him.

Mr. Biden said he had to make several calls on a secure phone during the break, including one to President Obama.


Ex-Innospec CEO settles charges

Federal regulators will settle civil charges against a former chief executive at Innospec Inc., who they say approved bribes to Iraqi and Indonesian officials to get more business supplying a chemical used to refine oil.

The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that Paul Jennings agreed to pay $229,037 to settle charges that he played a key role in the bribery scheme starting in 2005. Mr. Jennings neither admitted nor denied the allegations, but agreed to refrain from future violations of securities laws.

The British specialty chemicals maker pleaded guilty in March to criminal charges of bribery, defrauding the United Nations and violating the U.S. embargo against Cuba. It agreed to pay $40.2 million in a settlement with several U.S. and British agencies.