Chemical cloud over Kansas community dissipates

A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending dozens of people to the hospital, including two who were in intensive care, officials said.

Greek shipping companies fined $1.5M for pollution, cover-up

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered two companies owned by a Greek shipping magnate to pay $1.5 million after a jury found that a cargo ship deliberately pumped oil-polluted water into the ocean, then repeatedly lied and falsified records in an effort to deceive inspectors with the U.S. Coast Guard.


Oil Futures Gain 1% For The Week

Oil futures finished a bit higher on Friday to gain about 1% for the week amid optimism that major crude producers will reach a firm deal late next month to curb output.


Investors Increase Bets On Higher Rates

The dollar rose to its highest since Feb. 3 against a basket of currencies on Friday as investors increased bets on higher U.S. interest rates, while a measure of world stocks looked set for its first weekly gain in four weeks despite some soft U.S. corporate results.

Hackers Hit Popular Tech Sites

Cyber attacks targeting the internet infrastructure provider Dyn disrupted service on major sites such as Twitter and Spotify on Friday, mainly affecting users on the U.S. East Coast.