News bites: The curious case of oil prices

Reuters looks at why refiners are willing to pay more for crude oil amid market developments that appear favorable for lowering prices.

A federal judge ruled against suspending payments for civil damages connected to BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill after the British energy firm warned that some claimants might be making fraudulent statements to secure payments, The Associated Press reports.

The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the effectiveness of "demand response," in which utilities pay consumers to cut power use in times of peak demand, in keeping the electrical grid from overheating.

Populations of endangered species have experienced a resurgence on the Navy's San Clemente Island, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bloomberg has the latest on oil prices.