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BP Engineer Called Doomed Rig a 'Nightmare Well'

Posted: 06/14/2010 - BP took measures to cut costs in the weeks before the catastrophic blowout in the Gulf of Mexico as it dealt with one problem after another, prompting a BP engineer to describe the doomed rig as a "nightmare well," according to internal documents released Monday.

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No Free Booze at Casinos?

Updated: 06/14/2010 - Some Midwestern casinos will not be offering the traditional free drinks for players.

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Kennedy was Death Threat Magnet, FBI File Shows

Posted: 06/14/2010 - For decades after gunmen shot down his brothers, Sen. Edward Kennedy lived under constant assassination threats of his own, sometimes chillingly specific, as he became a target for extremist rage, previously private FBI documents disclosed Monday.

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Obama Plans Speech, Victims Fund for Gulf

Posted: 06/13/2010 - President Barack Obama demanded that BP set up a compensation fund for the oil-tainted Gulf Coast and prepared for his first Oval Office address to the nation as he tried to get a handle on the environmental disaster threatening to overwhelm his administration.

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Police Narrow Ark. Flood Search to 3 Missing

Posted: 06/13/2010 - Crews got to work Sunday looking for bodies in the many piles of debris that collected after a flash flood swept through a popular campground, as police drastically cut their search to just three missing campers.

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Spirit Airlines Cancels Flights Through Tuesday

Posted: 06/13/2010 - Spirit Airlines is canceling all of its flights through Tuesday, stranding thousands more passengers as a pilot's strike continues into its second day.

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Search for Flood Victims Goes from Frantic to Grim

Posted: 06/12/2010 - The search for nearly two dozen people who disappeared after flash floods swept through a popular campground went from desperate to grim on Saturday, after teams that scoured miles of river and rugged wilderness found just two bodies.

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Coast Guard Tells BP to Speed up Containment Pace

Posted: 06/12/2010 - The federal government has given BP 48 hours to find ways to speed up its efforts to contain huge amounts of oil gushing from a ruptured well into the Gulf of Mexico, according to a letter released Saturday.

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BP Oil Spill Grows

Posted: 06/11/2010 - The mind-boggling news that the oil leak at the bottom of the sea may be twice as big as previously thought could have major repercussions for both the environment and BP's financial health, killing more marine life and dramatically increasing the amount the company must pay in fines and damages.

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Lawsuit Looks to Overturn Immigration Law

Posted: 06/11/2010 - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's new immigration law.

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Mayors Urged to Help Fight Childhood Obesity

Posted: 06/11/2010 - The Obama administration is calling on mayors to help in the fight against childhood obesity because the effort won't work if communities don't engage in it, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told a conference Friday.

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Plane Hits Arizona School

Posted: 06/11/2010 - A small plane nosedived into a high school in a small eastern Arizona town Friday afternoon and exploded, killing both people aboard, authorities said.

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At Least 16 Dead in Arkansas Campground Flood

Posted: 06/11/2010 - Floodwaters that rose as swiftly as 8 feet an hour tore through a campground packed with vacationing families early Friday, carrying away tents and overturning RVs as campers slept. At least 16 people were killed, and dozens more missing and feared dead.

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Arlington Cemetery: Some Civil War Dead Might Be Misplaced

Posted: 06/10/2010 - An Army investigation has found that potentially hundreds of remains at Arlington National Cemetery have been misidentified or misplaced, in a scandal marring the reputation of the nation's pre-eminent burial ground for its honored dead since the Civil War.

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US Arrests 2,200 in Mexican Drug Trafficking Probe

Posted: 06/10/2010 - Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,200 people in a 22-month investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

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Jobless Benefit Claims Continue to Drop

Posted: 06/10/2010 - New claims for jobless benefits fell for the third straight week but remain elevated, suggesting the labor market is still sluggish.

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FBI: Mexicans Chased Away US Agents after Shooting

Posted: 06/09/2010 - Pointing their rifles, Mexican security forces chased away U.S. authorities investigating the shooting of a 15-year-old Mexican by a U.S. Border Patrol agent on the banks of the Rio Grande, the FBI and witnesses told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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AP Sources: FBI Paid Money in Van Der Sloot Sting

Posted: 06/09/2010 - U.S. authorities paid Joran van der Sloot at least $15,000 in a sting operation and delayed arresting him because they were trying to help build a murder case against him in the 5-year-old disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba, two federal law enforcement officials said Wednesday.

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