- - Friday, May 14, 2010

ALABAMA

Claims discussed for loss of income

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Troy King met with residents to discuss how they could file damage claims against BP for verifiable loss of income from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

“This is not a sprint. It’s a marathon, and we’re talking months or years to sort everything out. It is our job to be certain the commitment [from BP] that is strong now cannot be allowed to weaken later,” he said. BP has said it will pay all “legitimate claims” for damages.

Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, filed court papers Thursday seeking to limit its liability for the Gulf of Mexico spill to about $27 million.

Nearly 100 lawsuits have already been filed across the Gulf region and the disaster, which lawyers see becoming one of the biggest class actions in U.S. history, involves billions of dollars in potential liabilities.

CALIFORNIA

Calmer winds help aid wildfire battle

PEDLEY — A 500-acre wildfire that briefly threatened a Southern California mobile-home park was contained Thursday morning without causing any injuries or burning any buildings, a state fire spokeswoman said.

The Riverside County blaze was fully surrounded at 4:30 a.m., Jody Hagemann said.

Calmer winds helped about 235 firefighters who battled the flames overnight and set backfires to keep the blaze from spreading, she said.

“The weather cooperated; the winds died down,” she said.

Helicopters and air tankers flew in to battle the flames that erupted Wednesday afternoon near the Santiago Estates Mobile Home Park in the Glen Avon area north of Pedley. Residents of 32 homes in the 126-unit mobile-home park were evacuated for a few hours.

By sundown, the flames had moved into San Bernardino County, coming within a quarter-mile of homes in Fontana.

There were no reports of injuries or damage.

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