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Spill panel says Transocean stalls inquiry

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spill panel says Transocean stalls inquiry

Members of a federal panel investigating the cause of the Gulf of Mexico rig explosion and oil spill accused rig owner Transocean on Tuesday of thwarting their efforts to get to critical documents and a witness. The co-chairman of the panel, U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Hung Nguyen, told a crowded hearing room in a New Orleans suburb that members for two months have been trying to get Transocean to turn over materials related to its compliance with international safety management codes. Transocean lawyers said that the document request is too cumbersome and that whether the witness testifies isn't within their control.

St. Kitts

Storms may form tropical depression

A double-hulled tanker broke loose of its moorings and ran aground in a St. Kitts harbor amid high surf whipped up by a cluster of thunderstorms that threaten to form a tropical depression, officials said Tuesday. No spills were reported from the stranded Azra-S tanker, which held roughly 18,000 barrels of diesel fuel and ran aground late Monday.

FRANCE

Former trader gets 3-year sentence

Ex-trader Jerome Kerviel was convicted on all counts Tuesday in history's biggest rogue trading scandal, sentenced to at least three years in prison and ordered to pay his former employer damages of $6.7 billion. Kerviel, 33, was found guilty on charges of forgery, breach of trust and unauthorized computer use for covering up bets that cost his bank, Societe Generale, $7 billion in losses from late 2007 to early 2008.

washington

Chief of NASA draws reprimand

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden violated ethics standards by contacting Marathon Oil about a biofuel project while he owned as much as $1 million in the energy company's stock, a recent internal inquiry found. He admitted his April 10 call to a Marathon executive was "inappropriate," removed himself from the alternative fuel research and "received supplemental training regarding his ethical responsibilities" as a result of the inquiry by NASA Inspector General Paul Martin.

Elsewhere

Washington: The nationwide effort to get people to turn in old or unwanted prescription drugs on Sept. 25 collected more than 121 tons of unused medicine, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday.

Israel: The Israeli army opened a criminal investigation Tuesday into an Internet video showing one of its male soldiers dancing suggestively next to a blindfolded, handcuffed Palestinian woman being held prisoner.

North Korea: Leader Kim Jong Il watched a military exercise with his youngest son and heir apparent in what was believed to be the first public appearance of Kim Jong Un since he was given the rank of four-star general last week.

Times wires

Spill panel says Transocean stalls inquiry 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:13am]

    

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