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BP calls on U.S. to halt payments for oil spill damages

After approximately $4.5 billion paid out to victims of BP’s record-breaking Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the company is urging U.S. officials with the Gulf Coast Claims Facility to halt further compensation. Citing an improving Gulf coast economy, the British oil giant said in a 29-page letter (PDF) released to…

ACLU publishes volumes of data on civilian casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan

The American Civil Liberties Union is publicizing its acquisition of a large volume of data relating to civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, which it has made available on its Web site. The files, obtained by Freedom of Information Act request, detail hundreds of cases in which families of the…