January 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.
November 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.