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    Two family members of victims of the 1945 atomic bomb that incinerated Hiroshima grieve and pray at the Peace Memorial Park at a ceremony Friday marking the 65th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb attack. For the first time since dropping the bombs, the United States sent a delegation to the memorial ceremony.

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  • rsz_1ap100708117336"There's lots of oil and gas here."

    That's what BP Chief Operation Officer Doug Suttles said Friday when a reporter quizzed him about whether BP would resume draining oil from the reservoir where the Deepwater Horizon rig had been drilling when it exploded April 20.

    He added, "We're going to have to think about what to do with that at some point."

    Suttles spoke at a news conference in New Orleans, where he touted BP's plan to push mud and cement into the underground reservoir through the relief well it has drilled, a day after the company closed the well with cement from the top.

    Suttles — who said that he's returning to his former role, based in Houston, after serving as point man on the disaster — stopped short of pronouncing the well dead. That verdict should wait, he said, until BP completes the bottom-level cementing operation known as "bottom kill." He conceded, however, that "all the indications" in regard to the well's death "look very encouraging."

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  • RNC cracks down on party-switchers

    cristbushAfter a spate of high-profile defections this election year, the Republican National Committee is looking to crack down on GOP party-switchers.

    During their summer meeting Friday in Kansas City, RNC members unanimously voted to adopt a change to party rules, requiring GOP candidates to pledge not to oppose the party's ultimate nominee in the race. That includes a promise not to mount a challenge as a member of another political party or to endorse someone else other than the GOP nominee in the race.

    If a candidate didn't sign the pledge, the RNC would withhold party money and resources from his or her campaign. Meanwhile, candidates who broke the pledge would be forced to pay back any RNC money they received, as well as any contributions from Republican donors who asked for a refund.

    First reported by the Washington Post's Rosalind S. Helderman, the rule isn't to go into effect until it is finalized at the party's 2012 convention.

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