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BP's oil well near death, but disaster is not over

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) --- The impending death of BP's blown-out oil will bring one piece of the catastrophe that began five months ago to an anticlimactic end -- after all, the gusher was capped in July.

Crews had already pumped in cement to seal the well from the bottom, and officials said Saturday it had set.

Once a pressure and weight test was finished, officials expected to confirm that the well is permanently plugged.

That was expected to occur late Saturday, but an announcement may not come until


The disaster began April 20th, when an explosion killed 11 workers, sank a drilling rig and led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

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