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Division Director Scott Anderson says the maximum fine is $13,000 per day. That could mean a fine of more than $18 million.

Attorney Scot Boyd says the problem was first reported by a former employee who handled the mercury at the base about 35 miles north of Salt Lake City. The employee is concerned about the environmental dangers of the stored mercury.

MASSACHUSETTS

Lawsuit: U.S. pastor runs anti-gay effort in Uganda

SPRINGFIELD — A Massachusetts evangelist faces a federal lawsuit that alleges he has waged a decades-long campaign to persecute gays in Uganda.

The Center for Constitutional Rights filed the suit Wednesday against Scott Lively of the Redemption Gate Mission Society in Springfield. A center attorney said it is bringing the case on behalf of the group Sexual Minorities Uganda under a statute that allows non-citizens to file actions in U.S. courts for violations of international law.

Mr. Lively told the Associated Press earlier that he hadn’t read the complaint yet, but believed the legal action was “absurd” and “completely frivolous.” Mr. Lively has said previously that he has advised the Ugandan parliament on issues involving gays.

Protesters planned to march from the Springfield federal courthouse to Mr. Lively’s nearby business, the Holy Grounds Coffee House.

NEW JERSEY

Co-worker to pay 5 men millions in lottery suit

ELIZABETH — A lawyer for five construction workers says they have been awarded $4 million each by a New Jersey jury that concluded a co-worker cheated them out of their share of a lottery jackpot.

The jury in Superior Court in Elizabeth on Wednesday rejected the claims of Americo Lopes that he won the 2009 jackpot on a personal ticket rather than with a ticket he bought for a lottery pool.

Attorney Rubin Sinins represented the five men and says the $38.5 million jackpot was worth $24 million because the cash option was selected by the defendant.

Court spokeswoman Sandra Thaler-Gerber said earlier in the day that each plaintiff would get a pre-tax payment of $2 million. She did not return a message seeking information about the discrepancy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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