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U.K.-based global oil giant BP reported $2.6 billion in first quarter profits on the strength of higher oil prices and higher production, its biggest haul in three years and a rise of 71% from the same period in 2017.

Why it matters: BP is the latest Big Oil giant to report a jump in earnings as crude oil prices have climbed.

The big picture: The total beat analysts' expectations, according to several reports.

  • The company said it produced 3.7 million barrels of oil-equivalent per day in the first three months of the year, which is 6% above the first quarter of 2017.
  • Payments related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were $1.6 billion, "including $1.2 billion for the final payment relating to the 2012 Department of Justice settlement," BP said.

Yes, but: Per Reuters, the company "saw its debt pile rise to $40 billion due to the settlement of more lawsuits over the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico which has cost it more than $65 billion."

  • However, the company's CFO tells Bloomberg that "We’ve reached the peak now for quarterly payments" from the fatal disaster, adding that debt will fall later this year.

The markets respond: The company's stock climbed slightly in pre-market trading.

Go deeper: This new Wood Mackenzie podcast takes stock of the supermajors' earnings season, including a look at what's ailing Exxon.

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Trump introduces Amy Coney Barrett as nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

President Trump announced he's nominating federal appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.

Why it matters: She could give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court, and her nomination sets in motion a scramble among Senate Republicans to confirm her with 38 days before the election. Leader Mitch McConnell appears to have the votes to confirm Barrett with the current majority.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m. ET: 32,673,978 — Total deaths: 990,738 — Total recoveries: 22,535,056Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:15 p.m. ET: 7,065,019 — Total deaths: 204,249 — Total recoveries: 2,727,335 — Total tests: 99,488,275Map.
  3. States: New York daily cases top 1,000 for first time since June — U.S. reports over 55,000 new coronavirus cases.
  4. Health: The long-term pain of the mental health pandemicFewer than 10% of Americans have coronavirus antibodies.
  5. Business: Millions start new businesses in time of coronavirus.
  6. Education: Summer college enrollment offers a glimpse of COVID-19's effect.

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee set to start Oct. 12

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Sept. 24. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee are tentatively scheduled to begin Oct. 12, two Senate sources familiar with the plans told Axios.

Why it matters: The committee's current schedule could allow Senate Republicans to confirm the nominee weeks before November's election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell currently has enough votes to confirm Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who is expected as the president's pick.