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NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A federal magistrate has refused to order the White House to provide BP with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last
summer's massive Gulf oil spill.

A company lawyer said emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser on energy and climate matters, could shed light on the White House's role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's blown-out well.

But the request was denied Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Sally Shushan, who said BP didn't sufficiently show why it needs the documents.

The Justice Department said BP's request was overly broad.

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