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Judge set to preside over 2nd phase of BP trial

Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:42 Published in National News

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP's 86-day struggle to stop the flow of oil gushing from its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico will be the focus of a trial scheduled to resume Monday in federal court.

BP insists it was prepared to respond to the deadly disaster, but plaintiffs' attorneys will argue that the company could have capped the well much sooner if it hadn't ignored decades of warnings about the risks of a deep-water blowout.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier has set aside 16 days for the second phase of the trial, which also will feature experts' dueling testimony about the amount of oil that spilled into the Gulf.

The trial's first phase ended in April after the judge heard eight weeks of testimony about the causes of the blowout.

Atlanta logs dramatic turnaround in homelessness

Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:41 Published in National News

ATLANTA (AP) — Homeless veterans and other chronically homeless people are being helped by the hundreds in Atlanta, a city that for years has struggled to keep people off the streets.

The city is well on its way to meeting its goal of finding homes for 800 people this year, with already more than 700 in homes.

Jake Maguire, communications director for the 100,000 Homes Campaign, says Atlanta is a true turnaround story that has made a great deal of progress in a short time frame. The campaign is a national group working to find permanent homes for 100,000 of the nation's most vulnerable homeless.

Veterans are getting help from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, too. Nationally, the VA is increasingly viewing homelessness as a permanent problem — not a temporary one.

Some skip St. Louis CPAC, cite DC work

Sunday, 29 September 2013 08:39 Published in Local News

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — The budget battle in Washington has kept many of U.S. senators and representatives away from a Midwestern conference of conservatives in suburban St. Louis.

Hundreds of people gathered Saturday for pep-rally-style speeches and panel discussions at the Conservative Political Action Conference in St. Charles.

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma were late cancelations, as were numerous U.S. House members.

A convention spokeswoman says they stayed in Washington, where lawmakers face a midnight Monday deadline to pass a funding plan to avert a partial government shutdown.

Utah Senator Mike Lee attended the convention and received a standing ovation for aiding Texas Senator Ted Cruz this week in his filibuster against funding for the federal Affordable Care Act.

The event is sponsored by the American Conservative Union.

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