US News  July 02, 2015
Gulf oil spill: worst in US history, cost BP $54 billion
Crews on ships work on stopping the flow of oil at the source site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on May 29, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, LouisianaThe BP oil spill was one of the worst environmental disasters to strike the United States and killed 11 men drilling a deepwater well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.It took 87 days to cap BP's runaway well, which blackened beaches in five states and crippled the region's tourism and fishing industries in a tragedy that riveted the nation.Here is a q...  Full Story
BP to pay record $18.7 bn over Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Crews on ships work on stopping the flow of oil at the source site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on May 29, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, LouisianaBritish energy giant BP said Thursday it had agreed to pay a record $18.7 billion (16.9 billion euros) to compensate the US government and five states for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.The spill was sparked by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, which killed 11 men. Millions of barrels of oil flowed into Gulf...  Full Story
Solar Impulse beats new record, but pilot 'tired'
Sun rises after the Swiss-made solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off from the international airport in Nagoya, Japan, headed for Hawaii, on June 29, 2015A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has beaten the record for the longest solo flight, organizers said Thursday. But they admitted that veteran Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg is absolutely exhausted after nearly four days' continuous flying, making the final 24 hours or so of flight p...  Full Story
US seeks extradition of FIFA 7 in Switzerland
The United States has demanded the extradition of seven FIFA officials detained in May setting off what could become a prolonged legal battle over the handling of the major corruption case.Swiss authorities said Thursday that the US embassy in Bern had sent an extradition request the day before. The procedure could take several months.The seven wer...  Full Story
All-clear at Washington Navy Yard after shooting scare
A helicopter flier over the Ancostia River near the US Navy Yard on September 16, 2013 in Washington,DCA US Navy installation in Washington was given the all-clear Thursday after a tense lockdown and search for several hours over reports of a possible shooting, authorities said.The Navy said there was "no sign of shooting" at the sprawling Navy Yard -- scene of a 2013 mass killing in which 12 people died -- and that all personnel were fine after a b...  Full Story
New music generation celebrates Dalai Lama at 80
The Dalai Lama takes to the stage to address the faithful in Aldershot on June 29, 2015The Dalai Lama has long enjoyed an avid following among Western musicians and, as he turns 80, both new and veteran stars are offering songs to spread his message.Set for release Tuesday on the Tibetan spiritual leader's birthday, the album "The Art of Peace: Songs for Tibet II" features new, remixed or previously released tracks by iconic artists ...  Full Story
US economy adds 223,000 jobs in June but wages flat
The US unemployment rate has falled to 5.3%The US economy added a solid 223,000 net new jobs in June, the Labor Department said Thursday in a mixed report on the jobs market.The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent, the lowest level since April 2008, but job creation numbers for the previous two months were revised significantly lower, and there was no upward movement on wages.Data from th...  Full Story
Scott Walker entering US presidential race: aide
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, pictured on June 6, 2015 in Boone, Iowa, will file paperwork to launch a 2016 US presidential campaign, an aide saidRepublican Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who earned national attention for his protracted battle with labor unions, will file paperwork Thursday to launch a 2016 US presidential campaign, an aide said."After hearing from countless Americans during the testing-the-waters phase, Governor Walker this morning will file his papers of candidacy" w...  Full Story