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Jul 24, 2010 4:00 AM

Evacuation of spill site called off, ships return

NEW ORLEANS (AP) BP's evacuation of the Gulf of Mexico has been called off and ships are heading back to the site of the leaky well.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Bonnie moved over the spill, but cameras that have given a constant view of the broken well apparently never stopped rolling.

The mechanical cap that has mostly contained the oil for eight days held.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Jane Lubchenco says the storm surge could push more oil onto the shoreline. But it could pull away oil from other areas.

And it may help dissipate the oil in the water, spreading out the surface slick and breaking up tar balls.

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