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In brief: Body of missing oil worker recovered

Sun., Nov. 18, 2012

New Orleans – Divers hired by the owner of an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico that caught fire recovered a body near the site Saturday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and the rig’s owner.

John Hoffman, the president and CEO of Black Elk Energy, said in an email late Saturday that the body is that of one of two crew members missing since an explosion and fire on the oil platform Friday. Hoffman said the body was found by a contracted dive vessel.

“Divers will continue to search for the second missing worker,” Hoffman wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families.”

Four other workers who were severely burned remained at Baton Rouge General Medical Center on Saturday night.

Rubio reassures Iowa Republicans

Altoona, Iowa – Sen. Marco Rubio told Iowa Republicans on Saturday that he understands their frustration with the results from Election Day but urged them not to lose hope or abandon their principles.

Rubio told an audience that he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama won re-election because the country’s views have changed so dramatically.

Rubio, who spoke at a party for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, said his trip was solely to help a friend celebrate his 66th birthday.

But a visit to the presidential caucus state so soon after Mitt Romney’s presidential bid came up short is stoking buzz about Rubio’s presidential ambitions.


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