A federal judge denied BP's attempt to suspend payments related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while an investigator looks into possible misconduct in the payout process.
A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin said the Kremlin is unaware of any plans by fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden to seek Russian citizenship. Snowden, who is wanted in the United States on espionage charges, is holed up at a Moscow airport. A Russian lawyer who helped him file an application for temporary asylum in Russia this week said Snowden had not ruled out seeking citizenship.
The No Child Left Behind measure, passed largely along party lines, faces significant challenges from Senate Democrats and a veto threat.