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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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    What If You Hadn't Gotten Married? 'Dark Matter' Imagines An Alternate Life

    Blake Crouch's new science fiction novel tells the story of Jason Dessen, a father and physics professor who suddenly finds himself in a parallel universe — in which he's unmarried and famous.
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    Japan's Lunchbox Trend 'Kyaraben' Takes Lunch Prep To Another Level

    It's cute ... but is it too much cultural pressure?
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    As VP Nominee, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Hits The Campaign Trail With Hillary

    Hillary Clinton introduced Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate at a huge coming-out party event in Miami. She called Kaine "my kind of guy."
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    The Reason Your Feed Became An Echo Chamber — And What To Do About It

    It often feels as if social media serves less as a bridge than an echo chamber, with algorithms that feed us information we already know and like. So, how do you break that loop? We ask some experts.

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