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A British man has been sentenced to probation for helping a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary steer massive bribes to Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts from 1994 through 2004.

Wojciech Chodan, 74, was sentenced Wednesday in Houston federal court to one year of unsupervised probation and fined $20,000.


Former PM’s wife sues Murdoch in phone hacking

LONDON &mdash The wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair is suing Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company over phone hacking, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Cherie Blair was suing “in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails,” lawyer Graham Atkins said in an email, making her one of the most high-profile people to have challenged Mr. Murdoch’s News International over the illegal eavesdropping campaign waged against politicians, celebrities, athletes and others in the public eye.


W.Va. mine boss charged with fraud in deadly blast

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The superintendent of the West Virginia coal mine where an explosion killed 29 men was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to defraud the federal government, becoming the highest-ranking employee to face criminal prosecution in an investigation that appeared to be moving steadily up the corporate ladder.

Former Upper Big Branch mine boss Gary May, 43, of Bloomingrose, W.Va., is named in a federal information, a document that signals a defendant is cooperating with prosecutors. He is the second employee of Massey Energy, the company that owned the mine at the time of the 2010 tragedy, to face prosecution.


Montana can’t collect rent for riverbeds under dams

The Supreme Court sided with a power company Wednesday in a dispute with Montana over who owns the riverbeds beneath 10 dams sitting on three Montana rivers.

In a case that reached back to the travels of Lewis and Clark more than 200 years ago, the court voted unanimously to void a state court ruling that could have cost the company, PPL Montana, more than $50 million.


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