BP has been forced to remove the cap that had been collecting hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil a day after “an underwater robot bumped into the venting system” and “sent gas rising through [a] vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the cap.” BP is now checking to see if any of these crystals have formed, and the robot has been repeatedly told to “go home.” [AP]
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.