As BP inched closer to sealing permanently the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico, congressional investigators railed at the company and the U.S. Coast Guard for part of the cleanup effort, saying too much toxic chemical dispersant was used.
The U.S. Coast Guard says all agencies have stopped searching for four people missing in Lake Michigan after a plane crash during a medical flight.
Tropical rainstorms moving toward the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday threatened to shut down undersea efforts to seal BP's ruptured well, interrupting work just as engineers get close to plugging the leak with mud and cement.
Two days after a barge crashed into a stopped tourist boat, leaving two Hungarian tourists missing, authorities retrieved two bodies from the Delaware River, including a girl identified as one of the victims.
BP's costs for the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill climbed nearly half a billion dollars in the past week, raising the oil giant's tab to just over $3 billion for work on cleaning and capping the gusher and payouts to individuals, businesses and governments.
Gulf of Mexico cleanup crews working to block millions of gallons of oil from reaching land may soon have a giant on their side, if a weekend test of a new skimmer goes well.
Brawling parents interrupted a Southern California kindergarten graduation ceremony.
Tens of thousands of gallons more oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday after an undersea robot bumped a venting system, forcing BP to remove the cap that had been containing some of the crude.