U.S. to probe oil spill as containment fight picks up

HOUSTON/COCODRIE, Louisiana (Reuters) - The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be in the political spotlight in Washington Tuesday as energy giant BP scrambled to contain crude spewing from its ruptured deep-water well.

HOUSTON/COCODRIE, Louisiana (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will create a presidential commission to probe the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and energy giant BP said on Monday it had "turned the corner" in its efforts to contain it.

London-based BP Plc said its latest "quick fix" -- a mile-long siphon tube deployed by undersea robots down to the leaking well-- was capturing about a fifth of the oil leaking from the ruptured well. Officials cautioned that the tube is helping contain the oil but will not stop the flow.