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  • Workers clean up oil patches and tar that washed up on the beach from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on June 8, 2010 in Orange Beach, Alabama.

    "I'm hearing from them constantly." That's what Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of a $20 billion oil spill compensation fund, told members of Congress. Them? Real estate agents and brokers. "They make a credible argument," he adds.

  • Transocean Offshore Installation Manager Chris Wokowsky stands on the deck of the Development Driller II, which is drilling a relief well, at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    The federal government's spill chief said a relief tunnel should finally reach BP's broken Gulf of Mexico well by the weekend, meaning the three-month-old gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks.

  • Toyota RAV4

    Two years after gasoline prices hit a record high of more than $4 a gallon, light trucks, SUVs and crossovers are popular again. "The further we get past the gas crisis, the less people remember it,” says one industry analyst.

  • Crisis in the Gulf

    The US ban on offshore drilling could have long-term consequences on oil prices, Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the International Energy Agency, told CNBC Monday, on the eve of the three-month anniversary of the BP  Gulf of Mexico oil spill that led to the moratorium.

  • Kenneth R. Feinberg

    The administrator of a $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund says fishermen and others with lost income claims would be "crazy" to bypass the fund and take their chances in court.

  • Veterinarians clean an oil covered brown pelican found off the Louisiana coast and affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill at the Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

    Many have dubbed the Gulf oil spill as the worst environmental disaster in American history. In my view, it’s not even close. Here are the 10 worst ones.

  • Cash in a trap

    It’s no secret that bond funds are where the action has been over the past year, with most new fund money going their way. What is a secret—or at least something that never gets discussed—is the cost of investing in bond funds.

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    BP finally gained control over one of America's biggest environmental catastrophes by placing a carefully fitted cap over a runaway geyser that has been gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico since early spring, though no one was declaring victory just yet.

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    BP shares surged at the open Friday after the company said a tightly fitted cap was successfully keeping oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

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    BP and Apache are closing in on a deal. Apache's financing for the deal is key. Bankers tell me the company is seeking a bridge loan between $6 and $7 billion for the purchase.

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    BP started shutting off the flow of oil through a new cap on its gushing Gulf of Mexico oil well Wednesday, possibly coming within hours of stopping the gusher for the first time since April.

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    In pursuit of growth and profits, BP has taken monumental risks and suffered the consequences. But its record shows that it has been unable or unwilling to learn from its expensive mistakes. The NYT reports.

  • Drill ship recovering oil from the ruptured British Petroleum oil well over the site in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

    The President and CEO of Diamond Offshore, Larry Dickerson, said, "With new contracting severely restricted in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the uncertainties surrounding the offshore drilling moratorium, we are actively seeking international opportunities to keep our rigs fully employed."

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Tuesday.

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    Apache has a reputation of grabbing mature assets on the cheap and squeezing substantial value out of them. There is a distinct possibility that the reported $10-plus billion asset sale could include BP's Alaska operations.

  • A water cleaning plant and a state's solar incentive program show how cleaner solutions can have a serious impact on the economy and environment.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Monday.

  • A flare burns from a drill ship recovering oil from the ruptured British Petroleum oil well over the site in the Gulf of Mexico on June 9, 2010 off the coast of Louisiana. The spill has been called the largest environmental disaster in American history.

    Robotic submarines removed the cap from the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, beginning a period of at least two days when oil will flow freely into the sea.

  • Here's what analysts and others say they're watching before the bell Friday.

  • Tony Hayward

    In recent days, BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward has been busy talking to the company’s top shareholders to convince them that BP can pay for the spill without jeopardizing growth. The New York Times reports.