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Q&A: BP still paying out oil spill claims

BP still paying for oil spill

Recently, I saw a commercial on TV that said BP had given more than $23 billion to the gulf cleanup effort and businesses impacted by the spill. The way I remember, businesses had a tough time getting their first check. How much money did businesses receive from BP?

BP is still compensating businesses, individuals and government entities for losses and damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. BP had reportedly spent more than $22 billion by March — $8.1 billion in compensation and $14 billion on its operational response, according to Bloomberg.

BP reached an agreement later that month to pay an additional $7.8 billion to businesses and individuals, money that will come from a $20 billion trust set up to compensate spill victims. Of that, $2.3 billion was "earmarked for economic losses related to the seafood industry in the Gulf of Mexico," BP said.

In April, the U.S. Justice Department said about 7,300 individuals and businesses would receive another $64 million because their initial claims were shortchanged or wrongfully denied, the Associated Press reported. An independent audit of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility found "significant errors" in its claims process that led to applicants receiving less than what they were entitled to under GCCF procedures, the federal agency said.

The GCCF, which has been replaced by the Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, received about 1.1 million claims from all 50 states and 35 countries.

A look at Sandusky's pension

What are Jerry Sandusky's retirement and benefits?

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse of children in June, received a payout of $148,271 when he retired in 1999. He also began receiving a $58,898 a year state pension, which he has continued to receive in monthly payments of $4,908 through his trial and imprisonment, according to published reports.

"Pennsylvania's pension-forfeiture laws are aimed more at the state's long legacy of public corruption than crimes of violence," according to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News. Dottie, Sandusky's wife, would receive about half of his pension upon his death, the paper reported.

Yes, Clark Gable had false teeth

A friend told me she read an article stating that Clark Gable wore dentures during his acting career. Is this true?

Gable had poor teeth and gums, and in early June 1933, he developed pyorrhea, a gum disease, and came down with a fever, according to David Bret's Clark Gable: Tormented Star. He was taken to a hospital and almost all of his teeth were removed. After a couple of weeks, Gable was fitted for a set of false teeth.

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