Don Blankenship, arguably America's most powerful coal-industry executive when he was boss of Massey Energy, was sentenced to a year in jail for conspiring to violate safety rules in relation to an explosion at a mine in West Virginia in 2010 that killed 29 men.
Glencore put a dent in its $26 billion debt pile by selling 40% of its agricultural business to Canada's largest pension fund for $2.5 billion. Earlier this year the Swiss commodities and trading company said it would dispose of assets worth up to $5 billion in 2016 as part of its streamlining efforts.
India's government welcomed the news that 1 billion people are now enrolled in its biometric-identity scheme, known as Aadhaar. After people register their fingerprints and retinal patterns they are issued with a card that gives access to public benefits. The government claims this is producing savings, but a proposal in Parliament to allow security agencies to tap the data has raised privacy concerns.
San Francisco became the first place in America to compel businesses to provide full pay for new parents who take leave. California provides new mothers and fathers with 55% of their pay for six weeks after the birth of a child, but firms in San Francisco will now be told to top up the remainder.
Where dreams don't come true
Disney's succession plan to replace Robert Iger as chief executive when he eventually retires lay in tatters, after Tom Staggs, the chief operating officer and Mr Iger's heir apparent, abruptly announced his departure. Mr Staggs had been considered a shoo-in for the top job, but was reportedly not happy that the board was also considering names from outside the Disney world for the position.
Demand is high for Tesla Motors' new Model 3 electric car, according to Elon Musk, the company's boss. More than 276,000 vehicles had been reserved by customers by April 2nd, just two days after its official launch. With a starting price of $35,000, the Model 3 will compete directly with midsized executive cars. Deliveries will start in late 2017. But reports of problems procuring parts for Tesla's older Model X prompted some worries that similar hitches could bedevil the Model 3's success, and put the brakes on Tesla's soaring share price.