More fires expected after blast at Arkema’s flooded Texas plant

CROSBY, Texas (Reuters) – Chemical maker Arkema SA said it expected more fires after two explosions hit its flooded plant 25 miles (40 km)northeast of Houston on Thursday, sickening more than a dozen law enforcement personnel and prompting an evacuation of the surrounding area.

Platinum Partners founder’s lawyers drop appeal on witness contact order

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers defending Platinum Partners founder Mark Nordlicht in a $1 billion fraud case on Thursday said they would no longer pursue their appeal of a federal judge’s order restricting the attorneys’ contact with potential government witnesses.

Illinois closes book on school-funding saga with bill signing

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A bill creating a new education funding formula in Illinois became law on Thursday, marking the end of the state’s latest political battle that had halted the flow of $6.7 billion in aid to 852 public school districts.

Samsung secures self-driving car permit in California

(Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it has received a permit to test self-driving vehicles in California, marking the entry of the world’s largest smart phone maker four months after iPhone maker and arch rival Apple Inc received a permit.