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BP to plead guilty, pay $4.5b in Deepwater Horizons settlement

NEW YORK — BP said Thursday it would pay $4.5 billion in fines and other payments to the government and plead guilty to 14 criminal charges in connection with the Deepwater Horizons rig explosion and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.

The payments include $4 billion related to the criminal charges and $525 million to securities regulators, the company said in a statement. As part of the settlement, BP agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect related to the deaths of 11 people in the explosion in April 2010, which released millions of barrels of oil into the gulf over the course of the next few months.

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