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A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama's visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

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Apparently America's truck drivers aren't immune to the siren call of text messaging from time to time, as Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has had to specifically address the driving and texting issue among truckers and bus drivers with a new prohibition on the practice.

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In the first policy announcement of his mayoral term, London's newly elected Boris Johnson has banned the consumption of alcohol on all public transport -- including buses and trains -- in the capital city beginning June 1. The ordinance is criticized by many transport unions, which foresee serious problems in its enforcement.

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Sen. Larry Craig has fallen out with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, according to Craig (pictured), turned his back on the embattled Idaho senator after Craig's infamous run-in with the Minneapolis police this summer. In an NBC interview slated to air Tuesday, an embittered Craig said Romney "not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again."

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Authorities are scrambling to address a possible resurgence of violence after two buses were torched near Paris on Wednesday. Last year's civil unrest led to the destruction of some 9,000 vehicles in and around the city.

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