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NEW ORLEANS — Federal authorities have blamed two rig supervisors for the deaths of 11 workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spawned BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a string of investigations spread fault among a host of people and companies.

A federal indictment last week charged Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine with manslaughter, accusing them of botching a crucial safety test. But a defense attorney claims the two BP well-site leaders are scapegoats, as other government probes have concluded the disaster resulted from a complex web of mistakes and a corporate culture that placed profits ahead of safety.

One specialist speculated that the Justice Department probably took aim at targets higher up BP’s corporate ladder before charging Mr. Kaluza and Mr. Vidrine.

DELAWARE

$123M settlement OK’d
in child abuse case

DOVER — A judge has approved a $123 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of young children who were sexually abused by former Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley.

New Castle County Superior Court Judge Joseph Slights III issued his ruling Monday after holding a hearing last week.

The settlement resolves claims against a southern Delaware hospital where Bradley had physician privileges, the Medical Society of Delaware, and five physicians accused by the plaintiffs of not reporting suspicions about Bradley to authorities.

Bradley, 59, is serving 14 life sentences for child rape. He was convicted last year by a judge who viewed more than 13 hours of homemade videos showing sex crimes against more than 80 victims.

From wire dispatches and staff reports