The US government and five states have reached a $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
BP Exploration and Production has been granted up to 18 years to pay the money.
The states involved in Thursday’s settlement were Texas, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The deal includes $8.1bn in payments to state and local governments, plus $5.5bn in Clean Water Act fines.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the settlement “would bring lasting benefits to the Gulf region for generations to come”.
BP said the agreement would bring its full obligations over the spillage to about $53.8bn.
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Disgraced former IMF chief and self-confessed ‘sex addict’ Dominique Strauss-Kahn has emerged as a favorite among voters to become the next president of France.
The shamed economist has admitted to taking part in sordid global group sex sessions, and paid four million pounds to a New York hotel maid who accused him of rape.
But a new survey has revealed he is still the second most popular left-wing potential president for the 2017 election – far ahead of current leader Francois Hollande.
Pollsters Viavoice said 37 percent of those questioned thought Strauss-Kahn would be a good choice for the presidency, beaten only by the current prime minister Manuel Valls on 47 percent.
An infographic by Canadian company Food Packaging Labels has revealed 14 of the secret ingredients lurking in your food – all of which apply to the UK, apart from rodent hair in peanut butter.
info on link includes:
Bread contains human hair
According to the infographic, bread contains L-cysteine, an amino acid used in the baking industry as dough conditioner. L-cysteine is most often derived from human hair because it is the cheapest source of the acid.
Antifreeze; the icing on your cake
Propylene glycol is an organic compound found in antifreeze, but it is a common ingredient in food as well. It is used to thicken food, stabilise icing on cakes and keep salads fresh.
Lead story in the Mirror 2 July 2015 22:15
Tom Crawford: Angry protesters clash with police over eviction of cancer patient from his home.
There were angry scenes and three were arrested as hundreds of protesters flooded a suburban street in a vain attempt to prevent a cancer patient being evicted from his home by the bank.
Tom Crawford, 64, had twice stopped bailiffs from kicking him out of his Nottinghamshire house with the help of hundreds of supporters.
But today police formed a ‘ring of steel’ outside his bungalow, preventing his helpers from coming to his aid.
There were angry scenes as more than 150 people turned up to help after Mr Crawford after he lost his court battle to remain at his home.
Nottinghamshire Police blocked off roads and put a cordon in place 200 metres away from the house in Fearn Close in Carlton, so bailiffs could repossess it without being obstructed.
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A Google-owned company has apologised after players of a online augmented reality game battled over control of former Nazi death camps such as Dachau and Sachsenhausen.
Players of Ingress have to walk around cities and countries placing virtual markers on landmarks to control areas of the globe.
However, some of the players have been using former concentration camps as locations leading to the apology.
Niantic Labs says players of `Ingress’ can propose historic location and monuments for inclusion in the game, in which two factions use smartphones to battle for control of these sites.
A 12-year-old schoolboy has been arrested on suspicion of trying to rape an eight-year-old boy.
Police were called out on Friday night after the alleged attempted sex attack in the Longsight area of Manchester.
Specially-trained officers then spoke to the younger boy and began an investigation into an attempted rape.
A 12-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was later arrested on suspicion of attempted rape.
He has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Greater Manchester Police have released a statement confirming that the incident was not a random stranger attack.
Detective Inspector Carol Hobson said: ‘I understand that this incident will cause a lot of anxiety and distress in the local community and there may well be lots of speculation about what happened.
Police have blocked off the road leading up to Carlton man Tom Crawford’s house – following reports that bailiffs were once again at the property.
It marks the lastest chapter in Mr Crawford’s long-running battle with the Bradford and Bingley bank over his mortgage and repossession of his home.
Around 50 supporters initially turned out in support of Mr Crawford, and more followed shortly afterwards.
One told the Post they had heard bailiffs were at Mr Crawford’s home and had come to support him.
Message from the Crawford team Boots on the ground needed NOW
CHILDREN could be branded “extremists” simply for boycotting McDonalds under Government plans, a Bradford MP is warning.
Families which choose not to celebrate Christmas or which shop ethically could also be targeted by tough new guidance to prevent “radicalisation”, Naz Shah has claimed.
The Bradford West Labour MP accused David Cameron of turning his back on efforts to build closer community links and dialogue, to tackle the extremist threat.
Instead, the revamped ‘Prevent’ strategy – which came into force today – had become a “blunt hammer” which could be used to target innocent acts by young people.
Ms Shah said: “Some children refuse to eat at McDonalds because they have researched its links to Israel’s illegal settlements. Does that mean they are going to be extremists?
“Other families won’t buy any goods that have are sourced from those Israeli settlements, but that doesn’t make them anti-Israeli – just pro-Palestinian.
“And what about families that don’t celebrate Christmas? Does that mean they have extremist views?
“British values should include developing strong views and critical thinking in children, including fighting poverty and injustice. But this is an attempt to police them, rather than build trust.”
Fracking is likely to reduce local house prices, increase noise and damage the landscape in rural communities, according to a report officials tried to censor.
An internal document evaluating drilling for gas onshore has now been published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) following a battle with campaigners.
A version of it released last summer was censored 63 times in just 13 pages, prompting accusations the Government was seeking to cover-up the impacts of fracking – a controversial process in which shale rock is cracked open at high pressure to release gas and oil.
Defra has now published the full report, which reveals house prices ‘are likely to fall’ by up to 7 per cent and warns that properties may need ‘insurance to cover losses in case of explosion at the site’.
The publication of the report was ordered by the Information Commissioner’s Office, which said its release was ‘in the public interest’.