Jan 16, 2013 — The State Department said Americans are reported to be among the hostages taken by militants at an Algerian gas plant. The total number of hostages is unclear, as are the number of Americans. The attack is seen as retaliation against France's intervention against Islamists in neighboring Mali.
Nov 28, 2012 — The federal agency cited BP's "lack of business integrity" in dealing with the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The London-based oil giant agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the case and also agreed to pay a record $4 billion in penalties.
Nov 15, 2012 — Some who live along the Gulf Coast say the $4.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties aren't enough. Local authorities will continue to press their cases.
Nov 15, 2012 — The bulk will go to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences and at Coast Guard trust fund. The foundation focuses on wildlife conservation and the academy advises the government on science and technology.
Nov 15, 2012 — Eleven people were killed and one of the largest environmental disasters in history happened after an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded in 2010.
Dec 29, 2011 — Justice Department prosecutors are considering the first such charges related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history — a disaster that also killed 11 workers when an oil rig blew up.
Dec 6, 2011 — Halliburton, meanwhile, denies that allegation and accuses BP of fraud and defamation. The two companies are trading charges and blame for the nation's worst offshore oil spill — the April 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oct 17, 2011 — Anadarko was a minority partner in the project to drill for oil at the Deepwater Horizon site. Eleven workers were killed when the rig exploded in April 2010, and the spill was one of the worst in U.S. history.
Sep 14, 2011 — The worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history started with an explosion and fire that killed 11 oil rig workers in April 2010. BP, investigators say, "was ultimately responsible for conducting operations" at the site.
Jun 22, 2011 — Transocean, the rig owner, BP made all the key decisions that led to the disaster. The British company has pointed the finger at many players. Who is ultimately judged to be responsible will be debated in court.