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U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is joined at a news conference in New Orleans about the BP oil spill settlement by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West (far left) and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer (second from right). BP agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress and to pay $4 billion in fines and penalties. (Associated Press)

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is joined at a news conference in New Orleans about the BP oil spill settlement by Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West (far left) and Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer (second from right). BP agreed to plead guilty to felony manslaughter, environmental crimes and obstruction of Congress and to pay $4 billion in fines and penalties. (Associated Press)

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