Oil giant Halliburton is in hot water. The presidential panel’s investigation of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has brought some recent developments to light. They say that BP may not be entirely to blame for the April 20, 2010 disaster that has left the Gulf of Mexico forever changed.
The rig that exploded was built by Halliburton and they initially blamed BP’s well design and operational choices for the disaster. But that isn’t entirely accurate. The panel’s chief investigator says Halliburton never indicated to BP that the cement mixture used on the rig was unstable. The U.S. commissions investigation uncovered that Halliburton was well aware that the cement used on the rig was problematic. BP admitted to not testing the cement after Halliburton changed the formulation last minute. Ahhh, BP and Halliburton are a match made in heaven.
HICKORY, NC: There has been a break in the Zahra Baker case. Was Zahra Baker found? No not yet, but police are getting close because the 10-year-old missing Australian girl’s prosthetic leg has been found. Investigators found the prosthetic leg late Tuesday afternoon and are trying to determine for sure if it’s Zahra Baker’s by looking up the serial number. Because it was made in Australia, this process could take some time, says The Gaston Gazette.
Zahra Baker was reported missing by her parents on October 9th and an Amber Alert was immediately issued while a search for Zahra got underway. That was quickly called off October 12th when the investigation turned into a homicide investigation. Now authorities believe she is dead.
Zahra’s parents seem like a match made in heaven. Stepmother Elisa Baker is up to no good and has been jailed for apparently trying to pass off a ransom note as Zahra’s. Her father, Adam Baker, is also behind bars facing a few charges including writing bogus checks.
CNBC aired a documentary on America’s #1 hunting rifle, the Remington 700, which takes a critical look at safety issues that may be have been responsible for over 2 dozen deaths and 100 injuries. The program, entitled Remington Under Fire: A CNBC Investigation, takes a look at the trigger mechanism which has been around for decades.
Over 500 million of the popular Remington 700-series rifles have been sold and although they’re known for being accurate, they’re also getting a reputation for firing without touching the trigger.
Remington has not issued a recall and maintains that the Remington 700 is safe and free of defects. But the documentary paints a different picture and cites internal documents that show Remington has been struggling with concerns over the weapon’s safety for the past 60 years. One of the fixes that Remington considered would have cost only 5.5 cents per rifle.
On July 17th, 23-year-old Dayna Kempson-Schacht of Griffin, Georgia was killed in a horrific auto accident. Now, a Georgia firefighter is under investigation for allegedly distributing video of the Kempson-Schacht‘s body following the accident; even to some people at a local bar.
For Jeff Kempson, not only was the death of his daughter, Dayna, probably too much to bear, but two months after the crash he received a text message with a video of the aftermath, including footage of his daughter Dayna’s dead body. Read More
We’ve all wondered if aliens actually exist and if UFO sightings are the real deal or bogus. In China, UFO sightings are almost commonplace and airports have been shut down on more than one occasion. Wang Sichao, a research fellow at the Purple Mountain Observatory, has been studying UFO’s for 40 years and is convinced that we’ll see more of the otherworldly beings in the next two years.
The most recent incident took place around 8:00 p.m. on September 11th when a flight was forced to circle the Baotou airport after air traffic controllers reported seeing a UFO near the runway. The airplane was forced to circle the airport for over an hour but managed to land safely shortly after. In China, this was the eighth reported UFO incident since June.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from Hungary Monday after a large sludge reservoir burst at a metals plant spewing a deep red hazardous mess everywhere. On Wednesday, cleanup crews were still struggling to restore order to the areas hit the hardest.
The Hungary toxic sludge disaster took place in Ajka, Hungary, which is about 100 miles southwest of the capital Budapest. The flood of toxic sludge completely inundated homes, pushed cars off roads and destroyed bridges, while covering neighboring towns with an estimated 35.3 million cubic feet of toxic waste.
Hungarian authorities have declared a state of emergency and are afraid that the disaster could threaten the Danube River. Unfortunately, four people have died as a result of the sludge, three are reported missing and an additional 120 are injured.
Associated Press reports that the waste itself is bright red in color and “is a waste product in aluminum production that contains heavy metals and is toxic if ingested.”
In April 2009, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel went missing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and was last seen with friends leaving a hotel. The case has attracted national media attention, but leads have been few and far between. Last night, Brittanee Drexel was featured on the Investigation Discovery Channel show Disappeared in the hopes that new information about the disappearance will surface. Disappeared focuses on the investigation of missing persons cases but by the end, many are still left unsolved.
Check out today’s top celebrity news stories including the first photos of Lindsay Lohan in her latest rehab stint, Michelle Rodriguez making a Nazi mistake and much more after the jump!
If you recently purchased a 2011 Hyundai Sonata, you may want to head back to the dealership ASAP. South Korea’s top automobile manufacturer, Hyundai Motor Co., has recalled 140,000 vehicles in the U.S. after discovering steering column issues that could result in a loss of control.
The Hyundai Sonata recall is affecting vehicles manufactured between December 11, 2009 and September 10, 2010. 140,000 is a big number for the auto giant. The redesigned Sonata helped put Hyundai back on the top 10 best-seller list in recent months after increasing sales by 8.3 percent in 2009. But will Hyundai stay there?
GRASS VALLEY, CA: A tragic accident has left a community in mourning and has led to a Bear River High School student’s death. Justin Butler, 16, was using his Bowflex exercise machine in his home Sunday night when something went wrong. Somehow this star athlete became entangled in the Bowflex machine and was found barely alive by his parents shortly after. There aren’t many details surrounding the bizarre incident, but it appears it was simply an accident. Justin Butler was airlifted to a nearby hospital but died the next day.
Lieutenant Joe Salivar of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Department dispelled rumors that have taken hold in the community,
There is no information or evidence to suggest the death was a result of a football injury. There is no information or evidence to suggest in any way the victim was trying purposefully to hurt himself or end his own life.