What We're Following This Afternoon

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Mine executive sentenced: Six years and a day after the Upper Big Branch mine disaster, Don Blankenship, the former chairman of Massey Energy, the company that owned the mine, was sentenced today to 1 year in prison, the maximum under the law, and fined $250,000 for his role in the explosion that killed 29 miners.

Justice Department blocks merger: Halliburton and Baker Hughes, two of three largest oilfield-services companies in the world, had announced their union in November 2014. But the Justice Department said in a statement that the deal would raise prices and eliminate competition.

Panama Papers, cont’d: Swiss police searched the offices of UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, after its former chief Gianni Infantino was named in the leaked documents. The documents, the BBC reports, allege he co-signed a TV-rights deal in 2006 with two businessmen subsequently accused by the FBI of bribery. Infantino, who now runs FIFA, global soccer’s governing body, has denied any wrongdoing.

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