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GULF OF MEXICO

Decision expected on plug for BP's broken oil well

Officials could know by early Friday if BP's broken oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has been sealed for good. An analysis of tests on the well done Thursday was scheduled to be completed within 24 hours, letting the federal government and BP PLC know if work last month that was meant to be temporary had the unexpected effect of permanently plugging the gusher.

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    Ships ready to leave BP leaky well as storm brews

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO -- Crew members aboard dozens of ships in the Gulf of Mexico prepared Thursday to evacuate as a tropical rainstorm brewing in the Caribbean brought the deep-sea effort to plug BP's ruptured oil well to a near standstill. Video Available

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    BP's altered photo distorts spill center activity

    BP acknowledges it posted on its website an altered photo that exaggerates the activity at its Gulf oil spill command center in Houston.

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    Sandra Bullock, other celebs back Gulf restoration

    NEW ORLEANS -- From Sandra Bullock to Drew Brees, more than a dozen celebrities are urging people to sign a petition demanding full funding and implementation of a plan to restore the Gulf of Mexico and its coasts and wetlands. Photo Gallery Available

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    More testing needed for giant oil skimmer

    An official said more tests are needed to determine if a massive Taiwanese oil skimmer tested amid choppy seas over the weekend can successfully scour large amounts of crude from the Gulf. Photo Gallery Available

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    BP ignores offers to help with oil spill cleanup efforts

    NEW ORLEANS -- BP and the Obama administration face mounting complaints that they are ignoring foreign offers of equipment and making little use of the fishing boats and volunteers available to help clean up what may now be the biggest spill ever in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo Gallery Available

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