SANTA RITA DO SAPUCAI, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian inmate Ronaldo da Silva was making an escape of a sort as he hopped on a bicycle and pedaled furiously, clocking up several miles (kilometers) before jumping off.
Silva didn't get very far, in fact not an inch. He's still inside the medium-security prison where he's serving a 5.5-year sentence for holding up a bakery.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian judge has ruled that the local subsidiaries of oil company Shell and the world's largest chemical company, BASF, must pay $382 million into a compensation fund to potentially cover more than 1,000 workers who allege they were contaminated and sickened at an agricultural chemical plant.
BASF SA said in a Monday statement that it would appeal the ruling by judge Maria Ines Correa Targa. Shell SA said it would abide by the decision pending a higher court's ruling on the workers' class-action lawsuit that is before a court in the national capital, Brasilia.
CEO Paulo Mendonca of OGX Petroleo de Gas, Brazil's second largest oil company, has resigned after his company shares fell 45 percent in the last two days, Reuters reports. Luiz Eduardo Carneiro, the CEO of shipbuilder and leaser OSX Brasil, will take over.
Blue Sugars Corp., a U.S. firm that makes cellulosic ethanol, will share employ its technology at three Brazilian sugar-cane mills by 2015 as it collaborates with Brazil's state-owned oil producer Petrobras, Bloomberg reports.
Brazilian state oil monopoly Petrobras isn't seeking outside partners in the construction of a northeastern Brazil refinery, hoping its current partner, the Venezuelan oil company Petroleo, will resolve its financial difficulties, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.