July 15th, 2010
08:09 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular CNN.com stories during the last 24 hours, according to Newspulse.

BP: No oil flowing into the Gulf: A highly anticipated test designed to measure pressure within BP's ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well finally began Thursday, and for the first time in nearly three months, oil stopped flowing into the Gulf.

Heavy hips hamper memory, study finds: A woman's body shape may play a role in how good her memory is, according to a new study.

Texas mayor, daughter die in murder-suicide: Police in a Dallas, Texas, suburb indicated Wednesday that the town's mayor likely killed her daughter before turning the weapon on herself.

Family seeks clues on missing loved one: A formerly troubled young woman who had recently begun to turn her life around went missing in New Jersey over the July Fourth weekend, leaving her family desperately searching for clues into her disappearance, her mother said Wednesday.

Rash of drownings as Russians endure heat: More than 1,000 Russians have drowned recently as they attempted to find relief from a stifling heat wave - many of them after drinking alcohol, officials said.

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  1. BreakingNewsBlog.us

    the BP test has clearly shown, that, the BOP and everything under the BOP, have had NO oil leaking (since, both, was made, by design, to resist to very high oil pressures) while the wellhead top has been completely closed by the new containment cap (whose MAIN PURPOSE isn't to close the wellhead, but, later, to collect and pump up the oil and SELL it...) and, that, was PERFECTLY KNOW by BP also BEFORE this test
    THAT is what I've ALWAYS SAID in last TWO MONTHS in my article about the oil spill:
    so, WHY hasn't BP used a modified version of its giant Genesis GXP 2500 idraulic shears (or the containment cap used now) to do the SAME THING but TWO MONTHS AGO and BEFORE the terrific disaster in the Gulf ?????????????????
    could FBI and the Press INVESTIGATE on that, instead of CLOSE their eyes ????????????

    July 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ttaj


    July 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Smith in Oregon

    It is entirely a dis-service to the CNN viewers to continue allowing Big Oil connected guests spew a grossly inaccurate number of temporary out of work employee's directly and indirectly as a result of President Obama's temporary moratorium on deep Ocean drilling within America's offshore territory.

    There are 33 deep Ocean well leases. Not all of them have been drilled. You are talking about far less than 1,000 people. CNN has repeatedly allowed guests with a entirely Republican big oil slant to state 33,000 employees would be out of work, that is totally wrong and total fantasy.

    President Obama is requesting ALL existing and planned deep Ocean wells HAVE a federal environmental impact study filed. HAVE a federal emergency contingency plan filed. AND perform a top down safety check on all existing safety equipment. That is not only reasonable, it makes far more common sense given the enormous disaster in the Gulf of Mexico Now.

    It is utterly corrupt and a callous slap across the faces of the American taxpayers who are footing many of Louisiana's repairs since Katrina hit to go blindly ahead with deep Ocean drilling off Louisiana's coastline without federal environmental impact studys and a federal emergency contingency plan filed for each Oil lease site.

    July 16, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jordan in Houston

    And a "Smith" in Oregon should know...

    33 "well leases"? Do you even know the difference between a well and a lease? Do you know how many people it takes to run an offshore rig and platform? To supply it? The amount of materials used in a rig and platform, the drilling process, etc and how many are employed in constructing those? How many it takes to decide where to drill, how to drill, and arrange for all the details of drilling a deepwater well?

    Obviously not. 1000? That would be laughable if it wasn't so moronic that it's pathetic. Just another hypocritical environazi willing to sacrifice everybody else's freedoms for the "safety" provided by the Almighty Gov as he or she drives with gasoline, heats, cools and lights his every activity with natural gas, oil or carbon-generated electricity, lives because of the petroleum-based plastic medical implants inside, and flies the world in hydrocarbon-fueled jets or cruises in deisel-powered ships to see environmental wonders. You have no clue how much you rely on the petroleum industry, and yet you ignorantly pursue your plans to eradicate it. Yes, I believe pathetic is the right word.

    I agree that more reg's and oversight are needed because of some in the industry who fail to be responsible, but shutting down an entire industry so the Gov can glacially work its studies and committees and votes and debates and..., is just plain ignorant. For all the hype about this blowout, if you really look at the facts (for those who don't know, "facts" are those inconvenient things that reflect what ACTUALLY happens), environmental damage was remarkably limited. Just ask the owners of businesses on perfectly clean, empty beaches in Florida – the hype unnecessarily drove away tourists. I understand that if it was shoreline in your area that was damaged, then it was a traumatic experience in so many ways, and there was inexcusable harm inflicted on people, wildlife and the waters of the Gulf, in addition to the criminal passing of eleven souls. But the truth is that not as many areas were hit, and not as badly as were predicted by a Gov and press hopeful of a really major catastrophe. And yesterday we see yet another revelation of the true character of our President – his disappointment that the oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf. 'Nuff said.

    July 16, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |