News bites: BP oil spill trial to start Monday as settlement talks continue

While talks of a plea deal with the federal government are ongoing, BP is likely headed to trial Monday for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The New York Times has more on the settlement discussions between BP and the federal government here.

The southern portion of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline is half-completed, reports The Associated Press.

The Algerian natural-gas plant caught in a siege last month that left 37 hostages dead has resumed operation, AP notes.

Silicon Valley investors are putting their money into electric grid technology after getting burned by solar bets, according to Bloomberg.