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Judge OKs $4B BP oil spill criminal settlement

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN Published: January 30, 2013

BP PLC closed the book on the Justice Department's criminal probe of its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster and Gulf oil spill Tuesday, when a federal judge agreed to let the London-based oil giant plead guilty to manslaughter charges for the deaths of 11 rig workers and pay a record $4 billion in penalties.

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