AOL.com Snapshot - 9/2/2014 - Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Halliburton -- yes, the company Dick Cheney helmed before he became vice president -- has reached a big settlement for its role in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Halliburton provided cement contracting services for BP on the drilling rig that exploded in April 2010, which killed 11 workers and helped create the largest offshore oil spill in American history. The company has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle some of the plaintiff claims resulting from the spill, which did substantial damage to wildlife and industry in the region (just look at the pictures).
Ukrainian officials still claim Russian forces have infiltrated their country, and they are now preparing for an entirely different type of battle. The country’s defense minister said his forces are expanding the focus of their efforts beyond the pro-Russian separatist rebels they’ve been targeting and now expect to face a broader Russian army in a war that could cost "tens of thousands" of lives. That comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin is reportedly livid with EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso after he claimed President Vladimir Putin said Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks, if needed. A Putin aide now says that statement has been taken out of context and he behaved inappropriately to reveal the details of what was supposed to be a private conversation.
If you’ve been following their recent movements closely the news might not shock you: the Islamic State has been accused of war crimes. Yes, that’s the group which has released video of more than one beheading in recent weeks. Amnesty International has formally accused ISIS (aka: ISIL) of waging a systematic campaign of "ethnic cleansing” among other war crimes in a new report, which includes allegations that the fighters expelled Christians, Shiite Muslims and Yazidis from their homes. The report also details several instances in which Yazidi men and boys were rounded up and murdered, while hundreds of Yazidi women and girls are missing at the hands of the Islamic State militants.
Thirty-two teens made a break for it on Monday and escaped from a Nashville juvenile detention center by crawling under a weak spot in a fence. The group, ranging in ages from 14 to 19, apparently caused a ruckus to distract staff members at the facility before kicking out a metal panel under a window to get out of the building, according to the Associated Press. While some were immediately captured, a manhunt is underway Tuesday morning for the remaining escapees -- many of whom have committed at least three felonies. Hopefully, residents of Nashville still managed to sleep soundly.
The largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy is getting its day in court. Lawyers for the beleaguered city of Detroit will begin their attempts to convince a federal judge at its bankruptcy trial that plans to eradicate billions of dollars in debt should be okayed. Detroit expects to cut $12 billion in unsecured debt to roughly $5 billion. Piece of cake, right? In case you've been keeping tabs, the trial comes more than 13 months after the Motor City initially filed for bankruptcy.
Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda, went off the social media grid in wake of her father's death. Three weeks later, she has made her triumphant return -- with a not-so subtle message to bullies who tried to bring her down. Williams tweeted a link Monday night to a blog post she wrote back in January 2012 that consisted of a sole quote from Harvey Fierstein. "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim," the post read. "Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."