June 17th, 2010
09:47 PM ET

BP CEO Grilled on Capitol Hill: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, the showdown on Capitol Hill between lawmakers and BP CEO Tony Hayward. Plus, did BP know the Gulf well could be leaking as much as 60,000 barrels of oil a day? Sen. Charles Grassley wants to know after looking over a BP document. We're Keeping Them Honest.

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Filed under: Live Blog
June 17th, 2010
06:55 PM ET

Video: Country music star Trace Adkins on oil rig explosion and Gulf oil spill

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Program Note: Country music star Trace Adkins will be joining Anderson tonight to talk about the Gulf oil spill. See the full interview tonight at 10pm ET.

Trace Adkins, who is a native of Sarepta, Louisiana, worked as a pipe fitter on an offshore drilling rig before becoming the country music star he is today. He is also the author of the book, A" Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck". See the full interview tonight on AC360° at 10 pm ET.

Filed under: Anderson Cooper • Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
05:47 PM ET
June 17th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Beat 360° 6/17/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

Samoan players dance prior to a IRB World Junior Championship 9th Place Semi Final rugby match between Ireland and Samoa at the Club Atletico Estudiantes on June 17, 2010 in Parana, Argentina. (Photo by Sebastian Granata/Getty Images)

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

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Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
June 17th, 2010
03:36 PM ET
June 17th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Drilling the relief wells

(CNN) -BP has said it hopes to have a relief well in place in August to permanently cut off the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The company has said the operation is the best sure-fire way of plugging the massive oil leak.

A relief well is a well drilled into the existing well, intercepting the flow and allowing a specialized heavy liquid to be pumped into the flowing well to bring it under control.

BP began drilling the first relief well on May 2 and started drilling a second one two weeks later. The wells are being dug to a depth of about 18,000 feet, just above the oil reservoir.

Once one hits the original pipe, just 7 inches in diameter, drilling mud will be shot into it to stop the spewing oil. Cement will then be used to permanently seal it.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
02:55 PM ET

Slain Arizona rancher told family illegal alien needed help

CNN Wire Staff

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An Arizona rancher who was killed in March transmitted a radio message to family shortly before he was shot to death, according to a newly released report from the Cochise County Sheriff's Department.

Robert Krentz's brother Phil told officers that Krentz said over the radio that he had seen an illegal alien on his 35,000-acre ranch who appeared to need help, then they never heard from him again.

Another local rancher told sheriff's deputies he overheard the radio communication between the Krentz brothers. That rancher's name has been blacked out in the heavily redacted police report. He corroborated Phil Krentz's statement. He remembered Robert Krentz saying it appeared the illegal alien was hurt and someone should contact Border Patrol.

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Filed under: Border fence
June 17th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
June 17th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

What can BP afford to pay? Nobody's sure.

Ben Rooney
Staff Reporter, CNNMoney

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) - In the days immediately after oil began leaking from a well deep below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, few expected the spill could cripple one of one the biggest energy companies in the world.

Now, nearly two months after what has become the worst oil spill in US history, the outlook for BP is unclear and investors are bracing for the worst.

Shares of the giant oil company have plunged 48% since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, erasing nearly $90 billion of BP's market value.

Investors have been rattled by pressure on BP from Washington to suspend or reduce its dividend payment, which totaled $10.5 billion last year. There is also growing speculation that BP could be taken over by a rival or end up in bankruptcy court because of the spill.

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Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
June 17th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Iran starting work on new nuclear reactor, official says

CNN Wire Staff

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Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran is starting design work on a new nuclear reactor, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization said Wednesday, according to Iranian media.

The design should be complete in two to three years and the reactor should be operational within five, Ali Akbar Salehi told the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The remarks come a week after the United Nations Security Council slapped new sanctions on Iran as punishment for its controversial nuclear program.

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