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      BP says cost of Gulf of Mexico spill hits $8 bln

      BP says it has so far spent $8 billion responding to the disastrous oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

      The company said Friday that the total included $399 million paid to settle 127,000 claims from businesses and other affected by the oil spill.

      The oil company said more than 28,000 people and 4,000 vessels are still engaged in responding to the spill. BP says no oil has flowed from the well since July 15.

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