NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP was encouraged early Friday by results from an experimental cap shutting in oil from its busted Gulf of Mexico well, saying everything was holding steady 17 hours into the effort.
BP vice president Kent Wells said on a conference call that there was no evidence of a leak in the pipe under the sea floor, one of the main concerns. Wells spoke 17 hours after valves were shut to trap oil inside the cap, a test that could last up to 48 hours.
ATLANTA (AP) - Former governor Roy Barnes holds a big lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Georgia, while the Republican race is likely headed to a runoff, according to a poll reported Thursday.
ATLANTA - Maybe it's a bid for redemption. Or an act of atonement. Or, as former Gov. Roy Barnes says, maybe he is again seeking his old office out of a sense that if he didn't take on Georgia's most pressing problems, no one else would.
SAVANNAH - By now, Bill Bolton suspects he won't be the next governor.
SAVANNAH - Despite a skimpy budget, Democrat Carl Camon has made his bid for governor a statewide effort.
SAVANNAH - Little has changed for Jeff Chapman since last September, when he entered the race for this year's Republican nomination for governor.
ATLANTA - Nathan Deal's campaign for governor is not about glamour.
ATLANTA - Thurbert Baker's gubernatorial campaign had just moved into its new rental home last week and was soaking in the atmosphere of worn carpet, bare walls and rooms empty except for desks and laptop computers.
ATLANTA - Karen Handel is a planner, the kind of person who wants to know that before she takes the first step, the second and third are already mapped out.
SAVANNAH - Eric Johnson's political career was supposed to be winding down five years ago.
SAVANNAH - Democrat Randal Mangham is the stealth candidate for governor.
ATLANTA - Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine has the credentials to be one of Georgia's most influential Republican insiders.
MACON - Dublin naive DuBose Porter is running his gubernatorial campaign in the same way he ran as the underdog candidate for the state House of Representatives in 1982: at the grass roots level.
MACON - At a meet-and-greet in Warner Robins, Democrats and Republicans mix and mingle.
SAVANNAH - Otis Putnam says he's a descendant of Israel Putnam, a Revolutionary War hero for whom Putnam County in north Georgia is named.
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