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Thursday, September 04, 2014

BP May Be Fined Up to $18 Billion for Spill in Gulf - NYTimes.com

"NEW ORLEANS — In the four years since the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, BP has spent more than $28 billion on damage claims and cleanup costs, pleaded guilty to criminal charges and emerged a shrunken giant.

But through it all, the company has maintained that it was not chiefly responsible for the accident, and that its contractors in the operation, Halliburton and Transocean, should shoulder as much, if not more, of the blame.

On Thursday, a federal judge here for the first time bluntly rejected those arguments, finding that BP was indeed the primary culprit and that only it had acted with “conscious disregard of known risks.” He added that BP’s “conduct was reckless.”

Iraqis Identify Prisoner as Chinese Islamist Fighter - NYTimes.com

BEIJING — The Iraqi Defense Ministry has posted on its Facebook page photographs that it says show a captured Chinese man who was fighting on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Sunni jihadist group.
Iraqi officials have not released further details, but the photographs, if confirmed, would be the first visual evidence of a Chinese citizen fighting with ISIS, which has members from around the world, including the United States. Both the leader of ISIS and a Chinese diplomat said this summer that Chinese fighters had joined ISIS.


Iraqis Identify Prisoner as Chinese Islamist Fighter - NYTimes.com

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NYTimes: Strong Earthquake Shakes Bay Area in California

New Video Shows Israeli Bombing of Gaza Apartment Tower - ABC News

"New video shows an upscale high-rise apartment building in Gaza City destroyed in a cloud of fire and smoke during anIsraeli airstrike.

Israel bombed the 12-story apartment building, called the Zafer Tower in the Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, today as Hamascontinued to fire rockets towards the Israeli border.

The Palestine Interior Ministry released footage of the bombing, showing the apartment collapsing after being hit twice by Israeli bombs. The building goes down in seconds as onlookers scream and rush the injured to hospitals.

The entire building held 44 residential apartments."

Friday, August 15, 2014

CNN - Texas Gov. Rick Perry indicted

"Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, was indicted Friday on charges relating to his efforts to try and force a local district attorney to resign.

A Travis County grand jury handed up the charges.

The two counts against Perry, a Republican, stem from his threat to veto funding for a public integrity unit run by the DA, who had been arrested on a drunk driving charge."

Ferguson police name Darren Wilson as officer who shot Michael Brown | World | The Guardian

"Police chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson stopped the unarmed teenager after reports of a robbery in the area"

Thursday, July 31, 2014

U.S. Attorney Warns Cuomo on Ethics Case - NYTimes.com

"In an escalation of the confrontation between the United States attorney in Manhattan, Preet Bharara, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo over the governor’s cancellation of his own anticorruption commission, Mr. Bharara has threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

The warning, in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office, came after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the panel, known as the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in state politics but shut down abruptly in March."