Published Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 | 5:55 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 | 2:33 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — A day of reckoning arrived for BP on Thursday as the oil giant agreed to plead guilty to a raft of criminal charges and pay a record $4.5 billion in a settlement with the government over the deadly 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Three BP employees, including one from Henderson, were also charged, two of them with manslaughter. The settlement and the indictments came 2½ years after the fiery drilling-rig explosion that killed 11 workers and set off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. The settlement includes nearly $1.3 billion in fines — ...
Associated Press writers Pete Yost in Washington, Kevin McGill in New Orleans and Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss., contributed to this story.