BP boss hands over control of Gulf crisis

Under-fire BP boss Tony Hayward today handed over day-to-day control of the Gulf of Mexico crisis as the oil giant set up a new division to manage the spill.

BP says oil spill costs have reached $2 billion

BP PLC said today that its partners in the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well must share responsibility for the costs in dealing with the disaster, on which BP said it has now spent $2 billion.



Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: The tragic loss of British wildlife

Some truths are never voiced because they are virtually impossible to perceive. For example, I have never heard anyone declare how appallingly impoverished Britain's wildlife is. That's not the subject of a national debate (although it ought to be). That's not even a national perception. In fact, I don't know if it's anybody's perception. But it's no less than the truth.

Oil slick to spread along coastline

Oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, US forecasters said yesterday, as public anger surged over the country's worst environmental disaster.

Rupert Cornwell: Why Harper Lee is likely to miss her own party

Out of America: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is 50, its author reclusive

Oil spill clean-up cost soars to £523m

Under-pressure oil group BP said the cost of cleaning up the mammoth spill in the Gulf of Mexico had hit around 760 million US dollars (£523 million) so far.

Picture of the day: The one that got away

A tricolored heron is photographed attempting to catch a tiny fish from the clean waters off the southern tip of the Louisiana coast, 75 miles south of New Orleans.

Oil leak greater than first estimates, BP admits

BP admitted yesterday that considerably more oil could be spurting from its crippled well in the Gulf of Mexico than the 5,000 barrels a day that it had initially estimated.

Barry Hannah: Eclectic writer whose work penetrated the heart of the American psyche

I live in so many centuries. Everybody is still alive," remarks the narrator of Ray (1980), one of eight novels by Barry Hannah, who himself showed a similar spirit, perhaps most notably in the short stories from which some of those novels sprang.

They wait for oil. But the sea brings death instead

Kitchen sink gloves at the ready, Jackye Carroll, 62, patrolled the white-sand beach of Pass Christian yesterday looking for any sign of animal distress from the oil slick lurking over the horizon. Her vigilance soon paid off, though she was hardly pleased: a dead loggerhead turtle by the edge of the surf.

Ten dead after tornado and storms hit US South

Rescuers combed neighborhoods of splintered homes in Mississippi, ferrying the injured on all-terrain vehicles where roads were impassable after a devastating tornado sliced through the state and killed at least 10 people, including three children.

Delta Blues, By Ted Gioia

The fertile mud of the Mississippi delta has bred not only a "strange, wonderful music" that changed the way our planet sings and hears; it also yields book after book that find fresh variations on the world-spanning story of the blues.

Court backs lesbian student in prom dispute

A US school district violated a lesbian student's rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

American Football: Favre makes final push for a fairy-tale ending

Evergreen Minnesota quarterback looks to cap his third coming by taking Vikings to the Super Bowl, writes Robin Scott-Elliot

Plea for Woods to end 'circus' before return

One of Tiger Woods' peers has called upon the disgraced golfer to make his first public appearance before he steps foot on a golf course.

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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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