May 26th, 2010
08:43 AM ET

On the Radar: Oil spill, Atlantis returns, immigration

Bags of oil collected from the spill sit waiting on Elmer's Island, Louisiana, to be picked up.

Gulf oil spill - BP could undertake what some say is a pivotal moment for the London-based oil giant to contain the gushing oil in the Gulf of Mexico - a maneuver called "top kill." The goal is to seal a leak by covering it with liquids that are heavier than water. BP's top official told CNN the oil company will make a decision later Wednesday on whether to start the procedure. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar also is scheduled to testify about the spill at a Capitol Hill hearing at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday.

Atlantis landing - The space shuttle Atlantis is set to land Wednesday morning, ending the orbiter's stellar 25-year career. The shuttle, fresh off a trip to the international space station, was expected to land at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, weather permitting.

Ferguson appearance - Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, is scheduled to appear at a book convention in New York on Wednesday morning, undeterred by a scandal that she allegedly offered to sell access to her former husband, Britain's Prince Andrew.

Police discuss Arizona law - Police chiefs from about a dozen cities meet with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday to express their opposition to a controversial Arizona immigration law. The chiefs say the law will drive a wedge between police officers and immigrant communities, undoing years of trust-building on both sides.

Blood donations and gay men - A Food and Drug Administration rule from the 1980s says if you are a male who has had sexual contact with another male, even once, since 1977, you shouldn’t give blood. The lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men is rooted in the fear of HIV/AIDS.  But better testing of blood is removing doubts about whether a blood donor is carrying HIV, and earlier this year a group of U.S. senators wrote to the FDA urging a review of what they called the “outdated, medically and scientifically unsound” criteria. CNN's Madison Park reports.

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  1. JP Wilson

    Ken Salazar should be the first person to be replaced. He has know idea what he is talking about. He is all tlak at best.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. RonJohn

    DON'T LET BP CUT THE PIPE ABOVE THE BLOW OUT PREVENTER (AMERICA WILL BE DOOMED)! INSTEAD, CRIMP THE PIPE LIKE BENDING A DRINKING STRAW IN SEVERAL PLACES(AFTER THE BOP BUT BEFORE THE FIRST LEAK!!!!!! ALSO, THE MUD/CONCRETE SLURRY WON'T WORK BECAUSE THE FLOW VELOCITY (SPEED) OF THE MIXTURE IS TOO FAST OUT OF THE LEAKS TO SET UP AND HARDEN! I HAVE A CRIMP DESIGN THAT WILL WORK!:: PICTURE A BOX THAT IS CLAMPED TO THE PIPE AND INSIDE THIS BOX IS A PINCHPOINT GATE VALVE THAT BENDS/CRIMPS THE PIPE CLOSED. DO THIS IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS. ASKS YOURSELF, WHEN WILL THEY RUN OUT OF MUD AND CAN CONCRETE REALLY SETUP IN A FRACTION OF A SECOND IF ITS FLOWING?? BP IS RUN MY IDIOTS WHO REFUSE TO HIRE TALENTED PEOPLE!!!! AMERICA IS FULL OF COMPANIES LIKE THIS AND IS RUN BY TOO MANY ACCOUNTANTS IN TECHNICAL POSITIONS!! THEY CAN ONLY COVER-UP ISSUES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT TECHNICAL ENOUGH TO SOLVE PROBLEMS!!! I CAN NAME A FEW OTHERS COMPANIES!

    May 27, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |