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Allen: Alex slowed oil clean-up

  Retired Admiral Thad Allen, now a civilian working on the Gulf oil spill, tells msnbc Hurricane Alex has had an effect on skimming operations, but they will resume as soon as weather allows

Hurricane pushes more oil onto beaches

  NBC’s Anne Thompson reports from Venice, La., where the long reach of Hurricane Alex continues to affect the oil spill cleanup.

Alex spreads tar balls, oily water along Gulf

Seven-foot waves and 25 mph winds generated by Hurricane Alex, along with high tides, pushed more oil from the massive spill onto Gulf Coast beaches Wednesday. Full story

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  Hurricane Alex sets back oil effort

Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel talks with Rachel Maddow about the path and power of Hurricane Alex in the Gulf of Mexico.

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