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Look back at the BP Deepwater Horizon gulf oil spill

Published Nov. 16, 2012

A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the deadly Gulf of Mexico spill and pay a record $4.5 billion, including the biggest criminal fine in U.S. history. Three BP employees were also charged, two of them with manslaughter.

Our coverage of the April 20, 2010, explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and subsequent spill that took 85 days to stop included many photo galleries showing the devastation along the Gulf Coast.