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Evacuations ordered as Earl bears down on US east coast

US holidaymakers Wednesday began to flee the path of Hurricane Earl, slightly weakened but still packing potentially devastating winds and rains as it sped toward the US east coast. Weather experts said the category three storm — which once been as powerful as a category four — was likely to…

Spike Lee: US government lying about oil spill cleanup

Filmmaker Spike Lee is calling a “lie” a U.S. government report that 75 percent of the spilled Gulf Coast oil is gone. Speaking to a meeting of the Television Critics Association on Saturday, Lee said journalists should expose what he called the real story. He argued that it’s unlikely that…

Hurricane Alex further disrupts Gulf oil clean-up

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Choppy seas and high winds from Hurricane Alex were to disrupt Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up operations again Thursday, with large waves sweeping the slick into fragile marshes. Hurricane Alex, the first of the Atlantic season, hit northeast Mexico with torrential rain and violent…

‘Not enough money’ for all BP oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – The Obama appointee managing BP’s oil spill disaster fund said there’s “not enough money in the world” to pay all claims and suggested home owners with plunging property values could lose out. The warning from prominent US lawyer Kenneth Feinberg came as Hurricane Alex disrupted…

Hurricane Alex delays Gulf oil clean-up efforts

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Hurricane Alex disrupted the BP oil spill clean-up effort in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday as the storm gathered strength and was expected to make landfall. US President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency in Texas as Alex strengthened into the first Atlantic…

Second NOLA police officer pleads guilty in post-Katrina shootings

The second guilty plea in the Danziger Bridge case today revealed additional details about the conduct of New Orleans police after Hurricane Katrina and suggested more prosecutions of higher-ranking officers are yet to come. Former police detective Jeffrey Lehrmann pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony in connection to…

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