BP to pay $4.5 billion, plead guilty to criminal charges in Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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BP will pay approximately $4.5 billion and plead guilty to criminal charges as part of a settlement with the U.S. government over the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the London-based oil giant said Thursday.

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