California oil spill: Gov. Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency; criminal, civil investigations underway
Crews along Southern California’s coast deployed skimmers and attempted to corral oil-slicked ocean waters in booms Monday while wildlife experts scrambled to protect birds and fish from an enormous oil spill that threatened to close beaches for months. Monday’s announcement by authorities indicated that officials are investigating whether the oil leak was caused by a ship’s anchor striking a pipeline below the ocean floor. Martyn Willsher (CEO Amplify Energy) said that the leak was caused by a cargo ship’s Anchor. Willsher said that Tuesday would provide a better picture of the cause of the leak. California Gov. California Governor. A state spokesperson also informed USA TODAY late Monday that numerous government investigations into the company’s actions have started.
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- Graphic explainer: How pipeline breach off California coast closed beaches, killed wildlife
Massive cleanup begins after California oil spill
Since a pipeline spilled crude off the California coast this weekend, just a handful of oiled birds have been recovered in what environmental advocates said could be a hopeful sign for the region’s wildlife. (Oct. 4)
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Facebook whistleblower to testify before Senate panel
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is scheduled to testify Tuesday morning at a Senate Commerce consumer protection panel. Haugen leaked documents from Facebook to The Wall Street Journal, and to legislators. She claims that Facebook lies to the public about its efforts in fighting hate speech, misinformation, and violence. Haugen, 37, was employed at Facebook for nearly two years. As a product manager for the civic integrity team, she was responsible for combating election interference and misinformation. According to Haugen’s written testimony, Facebook will be compared to tobacco companies. “When we discovered that tobacco companies were concealing the harms they caused, the government took immediate action. Haugen’s testimony states that when we realized cars were safer with seatbelts the government took action. I implore all of you to do the exact same.
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Facebook whistleblower: Why Frances Haugen calls platform “dangerous”
Whistleblower Frances Haugen says she leaked the documents because she wants to fix Facebook.
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Biden heads to Michigan to promote infrastructure, budget packages
President Joe Biden will travel to Howell, Michigan, on Tuesday to promote his $3.5 trillion budget bill and $1 trillion infrastructure package. The town is located in the district where Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), a moderate House Democrat, has stated that she will “very seriously” examine a final reconciliation package. She also called progressives “unproductive” and “threatening”. Although the majority of Democratic lawmakers support the bills, it is possible for any few lawmakers to prevent the bill from being passed. Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, stated that Biden will be hosting lawmakers from different parties later this week to discuss the spending bills.
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Biden expresses frustration as agenda stalls
President Joe Biden on Saturday acknowledged frustrations as Democrats strain to rescue a scaled-back version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan after frantic negotiations failed to produce a deal. (Oct. 2)
Red Sox and Yankees face off in winner-take-all wild card matchup
After 162 regular season games, MLB’s postseason arrives Tuesday. Longtime American League East rivals, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, kick off the playoffs with the AL Wild Card game Tuesday night (8: 08 p.m. ET, ESPN. Both teams won their games Sunday to finish with identical 92-70 records, locking them into their playoff positions. Since the Red Sox won the season series over the Yankees in 2021, taking 10 out of 19 games, Tuesday’s winner-take-all matchup will be played at Fenway Park in Boston. The winner of the wild card game will face another AL East foe in the American League Division Series, the Tampa Bay Rays, who finished with 100 regular season wins and Major League Baseball’s third-best record.
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AL wild-card game: Yankees-Red Sox showdown
SportsPulse: The Yankees and Red Sox meet in the winner-take-all AL wild-card game
Winner of Fat Bear Week announced
America, who is the chonkiest bear in all the land? On Tuesday, the winner of Fat Bear Week will be announced. This competition is held by Katmai National Park and Preserve, in southwest Alaska. Five of the seven previous winners are back this year to compete for the title of Fat Bear Week champion. The celebration started off as a singular day in 2014, and it wasn’t long until it captivated the country. While the celebration is fun and lighthearted, it raises awareness about how bears deal with climate change. The abundance of salmon in the area is what allows these bears to gain so much weight. The bears could be put in grave danger if the salmon disappears. Here are some of the bears vying for this year’s title.
- Looking back at 2020: ‘Earl of Avoirdupois,’ bear 747, beats ‘Chunk’ in Fat Bear Week championship
- Video: Brown bears master synchronized napping in adorable footage
Fat Bear Week 2021: Who will win as the ‘chonkiest’ bear?
Fat Bear Week is sponsored by the Katmai National Park & Preserve in southwest Alaska, which is home to an estimated 2,200 brown bears.
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Contributing: The Associated Press