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Transocean gives bonuses for ‘best year in safety’ … that left 11 dead

It’s still too soon to say exactly who was to blame for the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf last year, but already rig owner Transocean is congratulating itself for its safety record, and dishing out the bonuses. In federal filings revealed over the weekend by The Wall Street Journal,…

Most Americans say U.S. nuclear plants safe: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty-eight percent of Americans think U.S. nuclear power plants are safe, while the public remains split over the need for more plants followingJapan’s nuclear crisis, a Gallup poll showed on Monday. The March 25-27 survey of 1,027 U.S. adults found public confidence in nuclear safety relatively unchanged since 2009, when…

Bill Clinton: ‘Birther’ doubts about Obama are ‘ludicrous’

Former President Bill Clinton told ABC’s Bianna Golodgrya that President Barack Obama fight back against “birthers” who questioned his citizenship. “If I were them, I’d be really careful riding that birther horse too much,” Clinton said of potential Republican presidential candidates. “Everyone knows it’s ludicrous.” “I think one of the…

Widespread cracks found on Southwest jet

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – Evidence of widespread fuselage cracks and fatigue were found on a Southwest Airlines Co jet that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a U.S. safety investigator said on Sunday. The incident on Friday prompted Southwest, the largest domestic airline…

Customer info from CitiBank, Capital One, others exposed as data breach grows

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The names and e-mails of customers of Citigroup Inc and other large U.S. companies, as well as College Board students, were exposed in a massive and growing data breach after a computer hacker penetrated online marketer Epsilon. In what could be one of the biggest such breaches in U.S. history, a…

Obama announces 2012 re-election bid

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday formally announced his 2012 re-election bid, saying the country needed “to protect the progress” it had made. “Today, we are filing papers to launch our 2012 campaign,” Obama said in a statement. He explained that as his administration and supporters across the…

Obama launches 2012 re-election bid: ‘It begins with us’

President Barack Obama officially announced his re-election bid Monday, unveiling a video that seeks to capture some of the initial grassroots enthusiasm over his candidacy and emphasizing that much work is left to be done. “I can’t not be involved,” says one man. “There’s just too much that is fundamentally…

Blockbuster auction to decide video chain’s owner

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Multiple bidders are expected to vie for bankrupt movie rental chain Blockbuster Inc at an auction on Monday that will decide the company’s next owner and amount of money available to pay off claims. Once the world’s largest video chain, Blockbuster had a market cap of more than $5…

BP asks to resume drilling in Gulf Coast

Less than a year after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that pumped oil into the waters off the Gulf Coast, BP is applying for permission to resume drilling in the area, reports the New York Times. Citing two unnamed sources — “company officials with direct knowledge of the application” — the…

Southwest cancels hundreds of flights, finds ‘widespread cracking’ on 737

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (Reuters) – National safety inspectors have found evidence of “widespread cracking” and fatigue on the fuselage of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that made an emergency landing in Arizona with a hole in the cabin, a government official said on Sunday. “Was the aircraft well maintained and…

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