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Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:05:28 AM

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the BP operated off shore oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 21, 2010Oil services company Halliburton said Tuesday it would pay a $1.1 billion settlement over its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil rig blowout that led to the United States' most disastrous oil spill. Halliburton said the money would be paid to the Gulf fishing industry and other victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, including some claims made in suits against oil giant BP. Under contract with BP, Halliburton constructed the cement casing of the offshore deepwater Macondo well that blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 people. The blast sank the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico over 78 days, soaking shores in several states, killing wildlife, and shutting down the fishing industry on much of the US gulf coast.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014 10:05:20 AM

Colony of E. coli cellsBritish and Finnish scientists have found a way of generating renewable propane using a bacterium widely found in the human intestine and say the finding is a step to commercial production of a fuel that could one day be an alternative to fossil fuel reserves. "Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away," said Patrik Jones of the department of life sciences at Imperial College London, who worked on the research. He said while work is at a very early stage, possibly 5-10 years from the point where commercial production would be possible, his team's findings were proof of concept for a way of producing renewable fuel now only accessible from fossil reserves. It is already produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petrol refining, but both of these are fossil fuels that will one day run out.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:57:46 AM

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2008 file photo, armed al-shabab fighters on pickup trucks prepare to travel into the city, just outside Mogadishu, in Somalia. U.S. military forces targeted the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Somalia, the Pentagon said. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, File)A Somali official says the strike targeted the Islamic extremist network's fugitive leader.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:54:43 AM

Several new Texas laws go into effect Sept. 1Republicans claim the law is not discriminatory.


Tuesday, September 02, 2014 9:25:33 AM
By Aaron Foley DETROIT (Reuters) - A Chicago woman convicted of a 1969 supermarket bombing in Israel and indicted on U.S. Rasmieh Yousef Odeh, 66, was accused of immigration fraud and arrested at her home in October by federal agents. A federal indictment alleges she failed to reveal her criminal history when she immigrated from Jordan in 1995 and again when she was naturalized as a U.S. According to the federal indictment, Odeh and members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine were convicted by an Israeli military court for the supermarket bombing, which killed two people, and for placing a bomb at the British consulate in Jerusalem.
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