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Gulf oil keeps flowing while cap is analyzed

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's a new cap on the troublesome well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, but oil continues to gush into the sea.

Officials are holding off on closing any of the cap's valves while they do more analysis.

No explanation was given for the decision, and no date was set for when testing would begin on the new, tighter-fitting cap BP installed on the blown-out well Monday.

The oil giant had been scheduled to start slowly shutting off valves yesterday on the cap, aiming to stop the flow of oil for the first time in three months. BP was initially ahead of schedule on its latest effort to plug the leak.

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