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May 21, 2015

Canada’s Irving Oil slams former top executive over lawsuit

BOSTON, May 21 (Reuters) – Canada’s Irving Oil rejected
former top executive Mike Ashar’s allegation that he was
underpaid millions of dollars, painting him instead as an
“unsuccessful” hire who oversaw a decline in the family-owned
company’s worth during his five-year tenure, according to court
documents filed this week.

The legal battle has offered a rare glimpse inside the
closely-held company, which runs Canada’s largest oil refinery
in the Atlantic province of New Brunswick, and is planning to
build a storage terminal for the country’s most ambitious oil
pipeline project, TransCanada’s Energy East.

May 15, 2015

Insight – Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking points. She speaks of property rights, national security and free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his support for solar energy as a conservative stance against monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.” 

May 15, 2015

Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

LOS ANGELES/BOSTON, May 15 (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a
Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for
solar power, she doesn’t rely on the usual environmental talking
points. She speaks of property rights, national security and
free market competition.

Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his
support for solar energy as a conservative stance against
monopoly power utilities that “want to limit energy choice.”

May 14, 2015

Harvard’s in-house fund managers get 70 pct pay hike

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 14 (Reuters) – Harvard, the
world’s richest university, said on Thursday it paid its six
in-house money managers a combined $49.3 million in 2013, up
more than 70 percent from the previous year, citing the team’s
“outperformance” in growing its endowment fund.

The team oversaw an investment return of 15.4 percent for
the Ivy League school’s endowment during the fiscal year ended
June 30, 2014, bringing it to $36.4 billion, or roughly the size
of an average country’s annual gross domestic product.

May 6, 2015

Boston bomber ‘would always go along’ with older brother, friend says

BOSTON (Reuters) – A longtime friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s family on Wednesday told jurors deciding his sentence that he was a studious youth and adored his older brother, who cultivated a deep interest in Islam, politics and conspiracy theories before the 2013 attack.

Attorneys for Tsarnaev are seeking to spare his life by painting him as a normal teen who went astray when he followed his older, domineering brother Tamerlan in carrying out the attack on the world-renowned race.

May 1, 2015

Baltimore prosecutor learned life’s lessons in Boston ‘police house’

BOSTON (Reuters) – In a gritty Boston neighborhood not long ago, where people were poor and crime was a problem, there was one three-story shingled residence widely known as “the police house,” or the “House of Po’” for short.

It was also where Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s 35-year-old African-American chief prosecutor, grew up as the daughter, granddaughter and niece of police officers.

Apr 28, 2015

Boston bomber’s lawyers focus on brother’s obsession with Islam

BOSTON (Reuters) – The older brother of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was transformed from a heavy drinker and drugs user into someone obsessed with Islam after returning from a trip to Russia in 2012, witnesses said on Tuesday.

The testimony comes as lawyers for Tsarnaev build their argument for a federal jury that he was a pawn in his now-dead brother’s scheme to bomb the world-renowned race on April 15, 2013, and should be sentenced to life in prison, not death.

Apr 22, 2015

Exclusive: Gatekeeper of Canada’s Energy East pipeline has mixed environmental record

By Richard Valdmanis and Dave Sherwood

(Reuters) – A company pivotal to Canada’s most ambitious oil pipeline project has a mixed environmental record of spills and regulatory warnings, according to government documents reviewed by Reuters, a finding likely to bolster activist opposition to the proposal.

Family-owned Irving Oil, poised to build and operate the sole Atlantic export terminal for TransCanada’s Energy East oil sands pipeline from Alberta, has logged at least 19 accidents classified by regulators as “environmental emergencies” at its existing facilities in eastern Canada since 2012, including three that drew warnings for delayed reporting.

Apr 22, 2015

Gatekeeper of Canada’s Energy East pipeline has mixed environmental record

April 22 (Reuters) – A company pivotal to Canada’s most
ambitious oil pipeline project has a mixed environmental record
of spills and regulatory warnings, according to government
documents reviewed by Reuters, a finding likely to bolster
activist opposition to the proposal.

Family-owned Irving Oil, poised to build and operate the
sole Atlantic export terminal for TransCanada’s Energy
East oil sands pipeline from Alberta, has logged at least 19
accidents classified by regulators as “environmental
emergencies” at its existing facilities in eastern Canada since
2012, including three that drew warnings for delayed reporting.

Apr 21, 2015

African marathoners top at Boston two years after bombing

BOSTON (Reuters) – Ethiopian runner Lelisa Desisa finished first in the Boston Marathon on Monday, reclaiming the top spot in a race he last won two years ago when it was struck by a deadly bombing attack.

Caroline Rotich of Kenya led the women’s field, affirming African athletes’ dominance at the race.

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