1. DEEPWATER HORIZON

    Halliburton: We Destroyed Evidence

    FILE - In this April 21, 2010 file aerial photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of Venice, La., the Deepwater Horizon oil rig is seen burning. Before the key piece of evidence has even been analyzed, oil giant BP PLC on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, planned to release the conclusions of its internal investigation into the rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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    Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty of destroying evidence critical to the investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 people and soaked the Gulf of Mexico in oil in 2010. The company ordered workers to erase simulations that led to BP ignoring its advice about the construction of the ill-fated deep-sea oil rig. The deletions were part of an effort to shift blame onto BP, which has also pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Halliburton will pay the maximum fine of $200,000 for the crime, and has made a voluntary $55 million donation to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

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