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April 29th, 2010
05:55 AM ET

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The amount of oil leaking from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico has increased to as much as 5,000 barrels a day, a Coast Guard official said late Wednesday."]

Oil rig leak may be 5 times bigger than first believed

(CNN) – The estimated amount of oil leaking from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico has increased to as much as 5,000 barrels a day - five times more than what was originally believed, a Coast Guard official said late Wednesday.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry told reporters that the increased estimate is based on analysis from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She noted that there are "a lot of variables" in calculating the rate of the spill.

"This is not an exact science when you estimate the amount of oil," she added. "However, NOAA is telling me now that they prefer we use the 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day as an estimate of what has actually leaked from this well and will continue to leak until BP secures the source."

Some 250,000 gallons of oily water has been collected from the scene, she said. Read more

Senate to begin debating Wall Street reform bill

Let the debate begin. The Senate agrees to take up the Wall Street reform bill after Republicans back down and drop their opposition. But now comes the hard part. Both parties still need to work out their differences. So how close are we to changing the way Wall Street does business? We're live in Washington this morning with new information.

Happy doctors, satisfied patients

Picture this: A medical facility where doctors are not over-worked, waiting rooms are not jammed to capacity, and patients are thrilled with the quality of care they receive. It's an experiment that's leaving some health care critics speechless in Seattle. Our Elizabeth Cohen reports for the final installment of our special series, "Prescription for Waste."

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  1. Sergio

    Joe,have you ever had to get a green card? It takes lots of money and time, 7-15 years on average. Every country has a different fee ($500-$1500) for application for US residency in addition to the 265 dollars one must pay to the US. Then one has tobe in country for a minimum of 7 yrs to become a citizen. My point is that if coming to the states legally was easy, everyone would do it. The fact is that coming legally to the states is very prohibitive for poor people, and those people are the ones that are looking for a better life. Rich people in other countries have no need to immigrate to the states, so they purchase tourist visas. BY the way, many europeans an asians overstay their tourist visas, but i guess thats ok right! its mexico that is the problem.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  2. Sergio

    We should make all the drill baby drill people like Palin, Limbaugh, and Fox and friends go out and help clean wildlife in the gulf when the spill reaches the shore. Also, all of you conservatives can join them if you like, since drill baby drill was you presidential election chant. DRILL BABY DRILL will now be Clean baby Clean! This tragedy of a spill should be enough to shut down that stupid idea of off shore drilling. How about off shore wind or kinetic wave generators. Too progressive for you?

    April 29, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  3. Sergio


    Illegals cause less crime than the average citizen, since they know that a criminal act is the sure path to deportation, and that is what illegals fear most. Immigration has the job of dealing with immigration. The Police is tasked with protecting us from crime and keeping the peace. With the cops acting like Immigration, people will target immigrant workers for crimes because these people can no longer call police for assistance in the case of rape , violence, or murder. It happens now, and with this law it will be worse. Not to mention that latins will no longer call police to report crimes that they may witness. put yourself in their shoes. yes they are illegal, but they still have human rights. I agree that there is a huge immigration problem, but setting up a gestapo like force is the wrong way to fix this situation. Police have No business in enforcing immigration, this actually hinders their job because Arizona has effectively disconnected all Latins legal, and illegal, from civil society by making the perception that police is not there to help but to deport you or your loved ones. I would appreciate an intelligent response from you MELON, not just a clever FOX NEWS two liner that has no real information or facts.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:25 am |
  4. ronvan

    YEP, DRILL BABY DRILL! WE humans always know what we are doing, don't we? OOP's, maybe we don't. So now you have an oil leak so deep in the Gulf that you can't get to it. WOW, good thinking & planning!
    SADLY, I have to agree with some of the comments about CNN's interview with the 4 ILLEGALS! This only gives credence, justification, and aceptance by CNN that to be illegal in this country is OK! Not to mention the fact that these 4 walked 1500 miles without ANY trouble!

    April 29, 2010 at 9:19 am |
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