FILE - This April 21, 2010 file photo shows the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burning after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, off the southeast tip of Louisiana. A new study from the presidential oil spill commission describes the …
NEW ORLEANS - Forensic testing of a key piece of evidence in the Gulf oil spill investigation could take twice as long as expected.
An investigator with the U.S. Chemical Safety Board -- one of the groups monitoring the testing -- said Friday his agency has been advised the examination may not finish until March 20.
The Interior Department had said testing of the 300-ton blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico following last year's rig explosion would take two months once it started Nov. 16.
That timeframe passed on Sunday.
The device, raised from the seafloor Sept. 4, sat at a NASA facility in New Orleans for two months before testing started.
A federal investigative team overseeing the testing isn't commenting.
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A French soldier was stabbed in the throat in a busy commercial district outside Paris on Saturday, and the government said it was trying to determine if there were any links to the brutal killing of a British soldier by suspected Islamic extremists.