It's day 58 of the Gulf Coast oil disaster and the morning after President Obama promised Americans in his first Oval Office speech that 90 percent of the crude spilled by the Deepwater Horizon rig will be captured within weeks. Obama is expected Wednesday to order BP executives to pick up the costs for the devastation.
Reactions to Obama's speech were mixed. "All that sounds nice," Grand Isle, Louisiana, fisherman Dean Blanchard said. But it doesn't change the fact that he "can't go to the bank tomorrow and pay [his] bills."
There is more bad news for Louisiana's birds. Crews cleaning in Plaquemines Parish trampled the nests and eggs of birds, including the brown pelican, according to parish president Billy Nungesser.
CNN later Wednesday will take a closer look at BP's history, highlighting the hours after a 2005 BP refinery explosion in Texas that killed 15 people. At the time, an executive suggested a holiday weekend and the national furor over a big story in Florida would lighten media attention on the blast, documents show.
Iran nuclear plans - Two weeks after the United Nations sanctioned Iran for its nuclear work, Iranian media reported the country is starting design work on a new nuclear reactor, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization said. The design reportedly will be complete in two to three years, and the reactor should be operational within five.
Calm in Kyrgyzstan– The first U.N. aid plane carrying 800 lightweight tents has arrived in Uzbekistan to help the thousands of people who have fled ethnic clashes in neighboring Kyrgyzstan. About 100,000 people have escaped fighting in the region. Though relative calm continued in the city of Osh, sporadic gunfire could be heard.