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Judge questions lawyer's role with BP fund

NEW ORLEANS — Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer paying victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, can't identify himself as an independent administrator of a $20 billion settlement fund, a judge ruled Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier concluded that Feinberg must fully disclose his ties to BP when communicating with potential claimants. Lawyers for oil-spill victims had questioned Feinberg's handling of the $20 billion trust fund, known as the Gulf Coast Claims Facility.

"A full disclosure of the relationship between Mr. Feinberg, the GCCF, and BP will at least make transparent that it is BP's interests" that Feinberg is promoting in his role as head of the fund, the judge said in a 15-page ruling.

Janitor held in killing of Calif. school principal

PLACERVILLE, Calif. —A school janitor was arrested Wednesday in the killing of a Northern California elementary school principal who was hailed as a role model for other educators.

No children were hurt in the late-morning shooting in the office at Louisiana Schnell Elementary School in Placerville, but one student may have witnessed the shooting, Police Chief George Nielson said.

Principal Sam LaCara, 50, died in the attack, Nielson said.

Authorities said they arrested janitor John Luebbers, 44, at his home about an hour after launching a manhunt. Investigators were trying to determine a motive for the shooting about 50 miles east of Sacramento.

Nielson was asked by reporters if Luebbers had been laid off. The chief said that possibility was part of the investigation.

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