May 29th, 2010
10:10 PM ET

Halladay throws perfect game for Phillies against Marlins

Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the 20th perfect game in Major League Baseball history Saturday.

The right-hander retired all 27 Florida Marlins batters he faced in a 1-0 victory in Miami. He struck out 11. See the boxscore at SI.com

Halladay, 33, came into the game with a 6-3 won-loss record and a 2.22 earned-run average, according to MLB.com.

Although the feat is among the rarest in baseball, 2010 will go down as the first year in the modern era in which a perfect game has been thrown twice in the same season. The Oakland Athletics' Dallas Braden was perfect against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 9.

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May 29th, 2010
09:24 PM ET

President Obama's statement on efforts to contain BP oil spill

President Obama issued this statement Saturday after BP announced its efforts to stem the flow of oil from a well in the Gulf of Mexico using the "top kill" method had failed:

Today, I’ve spoken with National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen, as well as Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and senior White House advisors John Brennan and Carol Browner regarding the ongoing efforts to stop the BP oil spill.  From the beginning, our concern has been that the surest way to stop the flow of oil – the drilling of relief wells – would take several months to complete.  So engineers and experts have explored a variety of alternatives to stop the leak now.  They had hoped that the top kill approach attempted this week would halt the flow of oil and gas currently escaping from the seafloor.  But while we initially received optimistic reports about the procedure, it is now clear that it has not worked.  Rear Admiral Mary Landry today directed BP to launch a new procedure whereby the riser pipe will be cut and a containment structure fitted over the leak.

This approach is not without risk and has never been attempted before at this depth. That is why it was not activated until other methods had been exhausted.  It will be difficult and will take several days.  It is also important to note that while we were hopeful that the top kill would succeed, we were also mindful that there was a significant chance it would not.  And we will continue to pursue any and all responsible means of stopping this leak until the completion of the two relief wells currently being drilled.

As I said yesterday, every day that this leak continues is an assault on the people of the Gulf Coast region, their livelihoods, and the natural bounty that belongs to all of us.  It is as enraging as it is heartbreaking, and we will not relent until this leak is contained, until the waters and shores are cleaned up, and until the people unjustly victimized by this manmade disaster are made whole.

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May 29th, 2010
06:03 PM ET

British Cabinet member resigns amid scandal

Britain's Treasury Chief Secretary David Laws, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party, has resigned over allegations he funneled public funds to a male lover, a party spokeswoman confirmed Saturday.

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May 29th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Actor Dennis Hopper dies

Movie actor Dennis Hopper died Saturday morning of prostate cancer at his home in Venice, California, his wife confirmed. See his obituary here.

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May 29th, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Malawi president pardons 2 gay men

The president of Malawi has pardoned two gay men who were sentenced to 14 years in prison this month for gross indecency and unnatural acts, the country's solicitor general, Anthony Kamanga, said Saturday.

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