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June 2nd, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Teams race to save wildlife from oil spill

(CNN) – No matter how effective BP's latest attempt to stop the oil may end up being, the spill will continue to threaten the wildlife. Birds, fish, crabs and sea turtles all live and breed in the marshlands. And it's now a race against time to rescue these animals from a ruthless killer. Our Rob Marciano has the report.

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
June 2nd, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Gulf oil spill likened to Iran hostage crisis

(CNN) – BP's handling of the Gulf oil spill has been sharply criticized by members of Congress, officials in the Gulf states and the Obama administration, which announced Tuesday that a criminal investigation of the spill was under way. In addition, federal officials will no longer hold joint news briefings with the company, the administration said.

The criminal investigation is just one example of how tensions between the White House and BP have reached a breaking point. Aides say President Obama is enraged by the failure to stop the oil spill. 44 days into this disaster, critics say this crisis is less like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more like the Iran hostage crisis. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill • Politics
June 2nd, 2010
05:53 AM ET

LIVE Blog: Chat with us during the show

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As oil slick hits other states, BP works to put cap over well

(CNN) – BP early Wednesday used robot submarines and a complex maneuver to stop the massive flow of crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

The company appeared to be making its second cut into the undersea well's riser pipe, the initial steps toward placing a cap over the well that has spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day since late April.

Meanwhile, rust-colored oil washed ashore on barrier islands off Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday as a beleaguered BP tried to stop the continued flow of the largest spill in U.S. history.

Doug Suttles, the company's chief operating officer, told CNN's "John King USA" Tuesday night that the latest procedure should collect the "vast majority" of the oil if it succeeds. Read more

Program Note: This morning we'll be joined by John Hofmeister, the former president of Shell Oil. He says the super-tanker solution has worked before and needs to be implemented now. And is another disaster looming in the Gulf? Experts say a similar accident on BP's Atlantis oil rig would make the Deepwater Horizon disaster look like a "hiccup." Our Carol Costello is following that story for us.

Full coverage | LIVE: Underwater video from BP Video

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