Democrats vow

NEW YORK – The Democratic Party said on Monday it would give US presidential contender Bernie Sanders a prominent say in writing its platform this year, a gesture that could ease tensions between Mr Sanders’ camp and party leaders, whom Mr Sanders has accused of favouring rival Hillary Clinton. Mr Sanders has remained steadfast in his long-shot battle with Ms Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the November presidential election, even though he lags her in the delegate count with only a few state contests remaining.

EPA, mine sued

SANTA FE – New Mexico sued the US Environmental Protection Agency, an agency contractor and two mining companies over the 2015 breach of an abandoned Colorado gold mine that spilled some 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into three states. The Gold King Mine rupture, which was accidentally triggered by an EPA inspection team called there to inspect seepage, unleashed a torrent of yellow sludge that contained high concentrations of heavy metals.

Chart battle

LOS ANGELES – R&B artist Drake held his spot atop the weekly US Billboard 200 album chart, keeping Beyonce from the coveted No. 1 position. Views, Drake’s fourth studio record, sold another 234,000 units from album and song sales and was streamed more than 186 million times, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales and streaming activity.

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