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    BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

    The complicated effort to assign blame for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history took another legal twist Monday when BP went to court to accuse Halliburton of "destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well," The Associated Press writes.

    According to the BBC, "Halliburton denied this, saying the claims were 'without merit.' " And, the BBC adds, Halliburton "also accused BP of fraud and defamation in the investigation."

    As the AP says:

    "The allegations in the 310-page motion [from BP] ratcheted up the showdown among BP PLC and contractors, Halliburton and Transocean Ltd. The three companies have been sparring over blame for the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon blast, which killed 11 workers and led to the release of 206 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. ... Also involved are Anadarko Petroleum Co. and Cameron International Corp. The first trial over the Deepwater Horizon disaster is scheduled to start Feb. 27 in New Orleans."

    In October, Anadarko announced it would pay BP $4 billion "to settle all of BP's current and future claims" against it.

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    Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

    Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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    Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

    A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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    The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

    Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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    Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

    Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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