Judge reschedules spill hearing

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rescheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss BP’s agreement to plead guilty to criminal charges stemming from the deadly 2010 rig explosion and Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance had planned to meet Thursday in her chambers with prosecutors and BP attorneys to discuss scheduling matters in the case, but she pushed the meeting to Dec. 11 due to a scheduling conflict.
Earlier this month, BP agreed to pay a record $4.5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to a raft of charges to resolve the Justice Department’s criminal probe of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
BP  is expected plead not guilty on Tuesday during its initial court appearance and then plead guilty at a later date.