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Police called criminals as New Orleans trial closes

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Five New Orleans police officers on trial in the shooting deaths of civilians during Hurricane Katrina were portrayed Tuesday in closing arguments as criminals or heroes amid the chaos of disaster. “It was unreasonable for these officers to fire even one shot,” said Assistant US Attorney…

‘Significant progress’ in replacing US oil well cap

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — BP has made “significant progress” in installing a new cap over the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and may be hours away from fitting it in place, officials said Monday. “We’ve made significant progress. This could lead to the shutting of the well,”…

Tar balls hit Texas as BP oil spill cost soars

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – BP faced a broadening crisis Tuesday with tar balls from the Gulf oil spill turning up on Texas beaches, as the firm’s clean-up costs soared and British officials reportedly mulled a possible BP collapse. A giant Taiwanese ship deployed to boost the clean-up meanwhile remained…

Oil spill clean-up boats recalled after crews fall ill

Update at bottom: 7 in hospital receiving treatment for contact with dispersant NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – All 125 commercial fishing boats helping oil recovery efforts off Louisiana’s Breton Sound area have been recalled after four workers reported health problems, officials said. The crew members aboard three separate vessels “reported…

US oil leak cap operation on track: BP

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – BP said Thursday its bid to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil leak with cement was on track as submarines toiled round the clock while fumes forced boats involved in the clean-up back to port. “The job has been proceeding according to plan,” BP Chief…

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