By Erwin Seba TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) - U.S. authorities expected a "tapered" re-opening of the Houston Ship Channel, but gave no timeline on Monday of when vessels could start moving again after an oil barge spill shut the waterway for a third day, forcing the nation's second-largest refinery to curb production. "We will begin the process of a tapered ... not a floodgate resumption of marine traffic," Captain Brian Penoyer, commander of U.S. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston and captain of the Port of Houston, told reporters on Monday. "We anticipate re-opening the Houston Ship Channel as soon as we can," he said. Earlier on Monday, the Coast Guard had told ship operators that it should be able to reopen the waterway later in the day, resuming at least some supply of crude oil to more than one-tenth of the nation's refining capacity.
NEW YORK (AP) — After the Sept. 11 attacks, Osama bin Laden's son-in-law became a key player in al-Qaida's campaign of terror, a federal prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense lawyer argued that the government had no evidence against his client and was playing on the jury's fears.