August 4, 2010 10:11 AM

BP claims 'static kill' has worked on Gulf oil well

After pumping heavy drilling mud for eight hours, BP early Wednesday pronounced it had finally brought its blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico under control. The company and the Obama administration cautioned it would take another step — completion of a relief well later this month — to officially pronounce the monstrous gusher dead, but the apparently successful "hydrostatic kill" operation drove one huge nail in the coffin.

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