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The Justice Department and five states on Oct. 5, 2015, announced a $20 billion final settlement of claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The deal, once approved by a judge, would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over the 134 million-gallon spill.

It also would bind the company to a massive cleanup project in the Gulf Coast area aimed at restoring wildlife, habitat and water quality.

"BP is receiving the punishment it deserves, while also providing critical compensation for the injuries that it caused to the environment and the economy of the Gulf region," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said at a Justice Department news conference. (AP)


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CORRECTS SPELLING - Bert Ducote talks about performing cleanup work with his boat during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The boat is being rebuilt at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. Ducote has had dozens of boils pop up on his skin since helping to work the oil spill cleanup. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

Bert Ducote shows the place where he had a boil lanced and another boil underneath his belly button that he claims are the result of being in direct contact with crude oil while performing cleanup work during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo taken at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

Bert Ducote's boat is being rebuilt at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

Bert Ducote's boat is being rebuilt at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

CORRECTS SPELLING - Bert Ducote poses for a picture on his boat at the Lake Catherine Marina in New Orleans, Friday, March 7, 2014. Ducote has had dozens of boils appear on his skin, which he claims are the result of being in direct contact with crude oil while performing cleanup work during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (AP Photo/Andrea Mabry)

George Barisich poses for a photo on his boat in Chalmette, La., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

George Barisich shows off a spot on his face on his boat in Chalmette, La., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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2010: Oil spill, natural disasters, survivor stories

Only once before had a news story taken the No. 1 slot in Top Searches on Yahoo — namely, the death of Michael Jackson. On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11. As we noted, "The gushing crude took 86 days to cap. The live feed from the ocean floor became must-watch viewing, as massive online scrutiny monitored best (and not so best) efforts to kill the well and stop the worst spill in marine history."

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A whopping 144 articles only skimmed the Search stream in 2010. Monumental natural disasters included earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and China, floods in Pakistan and Nashville; an Iceland volcano even grounded global air traffic. Yet tales of heroism amazed us, from the Deepwater Horizon crew, the Chilean miners trapped underground, and the miraculous "return" of kidnapped young girl Jaycee Dugard hiding in plain sight, grown up with her two children.

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FILE - In this Thursday, June 3, 2010 file picture, a Brown Pelican tries to raise its wings as it sits on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast after being drenched in oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. An April 20, 2010 explosion at the offshore platform killed 11 men, and the subsequent leak released an estimated 172 million gallons of petroleum into the gulf. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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