White House Says BP Must Pay Spill Costs Now

Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep spoke with Robert Gibbs, White House press secretary, who’s traveling in the Gulf region today with President Obama.  Gibbs says money to cover oil spill damages should go into a fund monitored by a third party.  David has blogged the interview.  President Obama will talk about his two day trip tonight in an Oval Office address, scheduled for 8 PM Eastern, 5 PM Pacific time.

RESCUERS NEEDED RESCUING IN OK

Lord have mercy, the creek done rize.  When firefighters have to be rescued as they’re trying to perform a rescue, one gets the full sense why 75% of Oklahoma counties are under a state of emergency today.  Ten inches of rain fell on central Oklahoma in just a few hours yesterday, inundating Oklahoma City.  Frank posted dramatic video of a teenaged girl’s rescue.  Here’s Dave Morris from NewsOK with a wrap of yesterday’s weather and today’s unwanted forecast: thunderstorms.

Shoutout to OKC Firefighters: YOU ROCK.  If you get a chance today, use your FB page to thank a firefighter yourself.

WAS KYRGYZ VIOLENCE PLANNED AHEAD OF TIME?

That’s what the United Nations is trying to find out.   Al-Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Osh, Kyrgyzstan that ethnic Uzbeks accuse the Kyrgyz army of targeting them.  Warning:  Robin’s video is graphic and upsetting.

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Meanwhile, tens of thousands of ethnic Uzbeks are fleeing to the border with Uzbekistan and the UN wants to set up an “aid corridor” to help civilians flee. Uzbekistan isn’t too happy with this and now there are reports Uzbekistan has closed its border to the refugees.  The BBC has a good explainer about the reason for the fighting between ethnic Uzbeks who are citizens of Kyrgyzstan and ethnic Kyrgyz.

ARMED COUPLE FAILS TO ENTER MACDILL AFB

A man and a woman were stopped at the entrance to MacDill Air Force Base, near Tampa, FL yesterday when they couldn’t produce proper identification.  Security officials then searched their car and found more than a dozen weapons. No one was hurt.

MARINE RELEASED WHILE IRAQ WAR CRIME CASE REVIEWED

Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins III served 4 years of his 11 year term.  NPR’s Mandalit del Barco says Hutchins killed an unarmed Iraqi man.

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SHAKE, RATTLE AND – LOSE

An earthquake rattled Southern California last night and the USGS determined the tremor was actually an aftershock to the powerful 2010 Baja California quake that struck on April 4.  The shaking was strong enough to cause a brief halt to the game between the San Diego Padres and the Toronto Blue Jays at Petco Stadium.  HT: KCAL.

 

 

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The Jays defeated the Padres, 6-3.

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