BP boss in MidEast talks while more progress on relief well

ABU DHABI/HOUSTON (Reuters) – BP boss Tony Hayward met officials from an Abu Dhabi state investment fund on Wednesday, the latest stop on a global quest for money to ward off takeovers and help pay the huge costs of the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

New snag for Senate financial regulations bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin on Wednesday put off naming a successor to the late Senator Robert Byrd, which could further complicate passage of financial reform legislation in the U.S. Senate .

U.S.-Russia may seek spy swap to free agents

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russia and the United States appeared to be eyeing a spy swap on Wednesday to send home a ring of suspected Russian agents whose arrest cast an unwelcome Cold War chill over warming diplomatic ties.

Ridley Scott helms YouTube competition for documentary

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Hollywood directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald will pull together video from YouTube users for a documentary that captures for future generations the global community in one day, YouTube said on Wednesday.

Early humans settled in England 800,000 years ago: study

LONDON (Reuters) – Flint tools found in an English village show ancient humans settled northern Europe 800,000 years ago, far earlier than previously thought, which could prompt scientists to reassess the capabilities of early humans.