January 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Offshore oil and gas drilling company Transocean has agreed to a $1.4-billion settlement with the Justice Department to resolve civil and criminal claims against the company for its role in the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig leased by BP that exploded and sank after the Macondo well blew out, killing 11 workers and spewing nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the gulf. In a statement, Transocean said that as part of the settlement, a "subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor violation of the Clean Water Act for negligent discharge of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and pay $1.4 billion in fines, recoveries and penalties, excluding interest.
December 26, 2012 |
We've passed the 100-day point of the NHL lockout, and there's still no end in sight as the window of opportunity narrows for a labor settlement to be reached in time to play a 48-game season, the shortest that Commissioner Gary Bettman said would constitute a season with “integrity.” At this point, though, the word “integrity” seems to have very little meaning in this dispute, which has alienated fans and taken money out of the paychecks of...
November 15, 2012 |
Laying the blame for the deaths of 11 oil rig workers in the Deepwater Horizon explosion and Gulf of Mexico spill on BP, federal prosecutors announced Thursday that two BP supervisors had been charged with manslaughter and the company would pay a $4-billion criminal fine, the largest in U.S. history. "Those deaths were in fact unnecessary," Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. said in New Orleans, adding that the federal investigation continued into the 2010 disaster and the nation's biggest offshore oil spill.
November 13, 2012 |
Airbnb is looking to friend travelers -- and the travel industry should take notice. The young turk of the short-term rental market unveiled two new services on Tuesday to make people feel at home when they travel. One is its first guide of neighborhoods in seven large cities - - Berlin, London, New York, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. -- that with colorful photographs and detailed information from locals aim to make it easier to find the best place to stay.
November 4, 2012 |
- With power slowly returning to New York and New Jersey and emergency fuel being rushed into the region, authorities turned Sunday to a potentially bigger problem since super storm Sandy: where to house the tens of thousands of people whose homes are no longer habitable. With a freeze expected in some areas Monday and another, smaller storm on the horizon, the housing problem took on urgency. Even with power and fuel restored, many houses no longer have functioning heating systems, since flooding saltwater ruined many basement heaters and electrical systems.
October 14, 2012 |
ATMA, Syria - The rows of olive groves that line the hillsides like silent sentinels are bursting with life, both on the laden branches and the fruit-scattered ground below, where families camp out on mattresses and in tents. The trees appear healthy. The people are desperate. "We don't have enough food, we don't have proper shelter," a mother said as she spoon-fed donated lentil soup to her infant son the other day. "What will we do with winter coming?" The hundreds living amid the olive groves on the edges of this rebel-held town hugging the Turkish-Syrian border are among the 1.5 million Syrians left homeless in the conflict but still living in Syria.