Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill. Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well. BP said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.
Attorneys for Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in the 2009 killings of 13 people at Fort Hood, said he offered twice to plead guilty in the case and "accept responsibility" earlier this year. The judge in the case, meanwhile, formally ordered that Hasan be clean-shaven for his trial, in line with Army regulations. An appeals court had refused to take up that issue until a formal order was issued.85-mph limit set for new road
Texas will open a stretch of highway with the highest speed limit in the country: 85 miles per hour. The Transportation Commission approved the new limit for a 41-mile stretch of toll road opening in November between Austin and Seguin. The road is east of the increasingly crowded Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio.
Two masked gunmen were at large after a bank heist in which they strapped what they said was a bomb to the bank manager's midsection and forced her to order employees to "take out all the money" from her branch of the Bank of America in Los Angeles. The robbers got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. A bomb squad disabled the device, but investigators said it wasn't an explosive. No one was injured.
At least 58 migrants drowned in the Aegean Sea just off the Turkish coast after the fishing boat that was carrying them sank, local officials said. Forty-six others on the boat got to shore and were detained. Those on board were Syrians, Iraqis and Palestinians apparently trying to reach Europe.
The Interior Ministry ordered foreign workers with Save the Children to leave the country after alleging ties between the group and a Pakistani doctor enlisted by the CIA to help track down Osama bin Laden. Save the Children has repeatedly denied playing any role in facilitating Dr. Shakeel Afridi's involvement with the CIA. The expulsion order applies to six foreign staff members.