Gulf oil disaster - Oil from the massive spill in the Gulf has moved into the inland waterway along coastal Alabama, prompting the U.S. Coast Guard to close Perdido Pass, the main water access route for fishermen and boaters in the popular resort town of Orange Beach. BP and the government have tried to protect the pass for weeks with thousands of feet of boom, but thick waves of oil have seeped into the pass and down the waterway, coating the marshy shoreline as it moves through.
On Thursday President Obama is scheduled to meet with the families of the 11 workers killed in the BP oil rig explosion. The meeting with the families comes as the administration sends Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to New Orleans, Louisiana, to meet with fishermen affected by the gushing oil and as Capitol Hill opens another series of hearings on the mater.
Rig workers frustrations – Workers aboard the Development Driller III in the Gulf of Mexico can't watch the news anymore. Outsiders criticizing their work, saying they’re not working fast or smart enough, it can be too much to bear. The men and women aboard this platform are drilling the relief wells that promise to be the only surefire answer to the oil disaster unfolding in the Gulf. They understand how grave the situation is. They are, after all, working on a memorial site, the place where their friends and relatives died. And they carry that weight with them everyday. CNN's Jessica Ravitz and Kyra Phillips report.
Van der Sloot - Today we're learning more about two separate cases involving Joran van der Sloot. He is a suspect in an extortion claim related to Natalee Holloway's disappearance. A federal law enforcement official told CNN that a representative for Holloway's mother who paid $25,000 for information on the whereabouts of her remains was an undercover FBI agent. However, the FBI and the U.S. attorney's office in Birmingham, Alabama, said Wednesday that the FBI did not supply the money.
And in Peru, we're finally hearing from van der Sloot's attorney, Maximo Altex, who told CNN affiliate Panamericana TV that he's going to ask the judge to strike down his client's confession because he was not being properly represented when he was interrogated.