A solar-powered plane on the riskiest leg of a round-the-globe bid is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in "difficult" conditions. Veteran Swiss aviator Andre Borschberg, who has spent more than four days flying from Japan in the Solar Impulse 2, is expected to land on the Pacific US island state early Friday if all goes well. More importantly, it had crossed a last cold weather front before Hawaii, which organizers described as "jumping over the wall" before the final stretch towards the Pacific archipelago.
British energy giant BP said Thursday it had agreed to pay a record $18.7 billion to compensate the US government and five states for damages stemming from the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The spill was sparked by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig which killed 11 men and saw millions of barrels of oil flow into Gulf waters, in one of the worst environmental disasters to strike the United States. It took 87 days to cap BP's runaway well -- some 5,000 feet (1,500 meters) below sea level off the coast of Louisiana.