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.

Ross Barkley: Everton midfielder rejects Chelsea move

Ross Barkley turns down a move to Chelsea in order to stay at Everton, according to the club’s majority shareholder.

U.S. judge strikes down Obama administration overtime pay rule

(Reuters) – A federal judge in Texas on Thursday struck down an Obama administration rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million U.S. workers, siding with business groups and 21 states that had challenged it.

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.