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The Associated Press. A 100-ton concrete and steel containment dome sits on the back of a transport ship near the center of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Thursday.

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NATION IN BRIEF: BP brings in the big box to deal with oil disaster

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO -- Workers gathered to begin lowering a giant concrete-and-steel box over the blown-out oil well at the bottom of the sea Thursday in a risky and untested bid to capture most of the gushing crude and avert a wider environmental disaster.

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