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BP sues rig owner for $40B; blames it for disaster

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BP files a $40B lawsuit against gulf rig owner

BP on Wednesday sued the maker of the device that failed to stop last year's gulf oil spill and the owner of the rig that exploded, alleging their negligence helped cause the disaster. The British company said in papers filed in federal court it is suing rig owner Transocean for at least $40 billion, accusing it of causing the deadly April 20 blowout that led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. BP says every safety system and device and well control procedure on the Deepwater Horizon rig failed. It also is suing Cameron International, which provided a blowout preventer with a faulty design. Both companies have filed counterclaims.


Court challenger seeks a recount

Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg asked election officials for a statewide recount in her flagging upset bid against Justice David Prosser, a race that marked yet another front in the fight over Republican Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing union rights law. Final county tallies compiled last week showed Prosser held a 7,316-vote lead over the little-known state attorney. The margin is within one-half of 1 percent of the total votes cast, entitling her to a recount at local governments' expense.


Governor signs two abortion bills

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed a pair of bills intended to further restrict abortion. One makes it a felony for doctors to perform abortions after a woman reaches 20 weeks of pregnancy. The other prohibits health insurance plans offered under the new federal health care law from offering coverage for elective abortions.


Saudi is charged in 'Cole' bombing

U.S. military prosecutors charged one of the most prominent detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said they would seek the death penalty because of his alleged planning of the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen. Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, one of 15 so-called high-value detainees at Guantanamo, was charged with murder and other law of war violations. The Saudi's case marks the first time the Obama administration has sought the death penalty for a detainee.


Filth may force owner from condo

Stacy Harris, a 59-year-old Nashville condominium owner, likely will be forced out of an upscale high-rise after losing a lawsuit that claimed she was hoarding and living in filth. The Tennessee Court of Appeals upheld a judge's decision to order the condo sold and the proceeds used to pay $116,000 in legal fees to the homeowner's association.


Drilling fluid flows from gas well

A blowout at a natural gas well in rural northern Pennsylvania spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laced water, contaminating a stream and leading officials to ask seven families who live nearby to evacuate as crews struggled to stop the gusher. Chesapeake Energy Corp. lost control of the well site near Canton, in Bradford County, about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday. Tainted water flowed from the site all day Wednesday, though by the midafternoon, workers had managed to divert the extremely salty water away from the stream. No injuries were reported and there was no explosion or fire.

Compiled from Times wires.

BP sues rig owner for $40B; blames it for disaster 04/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 10:57pm]
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