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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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