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Top News Links: Monday, Oct. 15

Oil sheen sullies BP settlement talks

Worries about a new oil sheen near the site of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill have put federal, state and local officials on edge as they work to resolve BP's liability for the 2010 disaster; BP suggests sheen is from rig debris, not well. — Hydrocarbon Processing

Steel mill sales may take time

Officials at steelmaker ThyssenKrupp, which is trying to sell its pair of mills in Alabama and another plant in Brazil, say that it may take until 2014 to finalize any sale;  Reuters has reported eight bidders for the mills. — Steel Guru

Alabama Shakes standing in the spotlight

Athens-based Southern soul group Alabama Shakes sets off on four-month round-the-world tour. — Newsweek/The Daily Beast

LIBOR rates at heart of class action suit by home owners

A group of homeowners, represented by Alabama attorney John Sharbrough, have filed a class action suit against major  banks, claiming they manipulated the LIBOR rates on dates mortgage rates were recalculated; first such suit by home owners. — Fox Business

Pfizer appeals to keep CEO out of Alabama courtroom

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is appealing a federal judge's order that its CEO must testify in person in the Florence trial over potential suicide-inducing side effects of anti-smoking drug Chantix. — Bloomberg Businessweek

Calhoun County prepares for job losses

Calhoun County officials, bracing for job losses at the Anniston Army Depot, have received an economic development plan they commissioned -- suggestions include more education for displaced workers, entrepreneurship training and more. — Anniston Star

Gambling for scholarships

Georgia developer pitches gambling complex near Atlanta as means to raise funds for scholarships; says Georgia is losing out because its residents gamble in neighboring states, including Alabama. — Peachtree Corners/Patch

Mayor steals $200,000 but won't go to jail

River Falls Mayor Mary Ella Hixon admitted to theft of more than $200,000 from her town near Andalusia, but won't serve jail time because she's 91. — Business Insider

Conde Nast cuts magazine staffs

Conde Nast — owned by Advance publications, which recently cut its Alabama newspapers to three days a week – has begun downsizing magazine staffs for national publications including Brides and Self. — Poynter

Wikipedia leader takes credit for stopping U.S. anti-piracy act

Alabama native and co-founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales says the blackout his group organized helped undercut efforts to pass a U.S. measure to curtail online-piracy.  — The Register

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