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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…

Oysters disappearing worldwide: study

WASHINGTON – A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting. Most of the remaining wild oysters in the world, or about 75 percent, can be found in…

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