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    Posted on November 25, 2021 at 6:21 pmUpdated November 25, 2021, at 10:26 PM Faced with an increase in illegal shortcuts on the channel, the British have repeatedly expressed their desire to see France deal with this traffic more firmly. After the dramatic shipwreck on the coast , Thursday morning headlines, photo of an inflatable boat loaded with immigrants heading out to sea a few meters away from a French police car can only reinforce this sense of impatience. “It simply came to our notice then. This is not surprising, but it is a reminder of how vulnerable these vulnerable people are at the hands of kidnappers, ”Home Minister Priti Patel told the House of Commons. When repeatedly asked how the government could put pressure on France, the Minister responded that in conjunction with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a number of concessions had been made in Paris, such as technical mechanisms, joint patrols and an agreement to define conditions. For return migrants or for use with detectors and radars. Faced with “this is a global migration crisis” he argued that...
    A Nantucket man reportedly gave President Joe Biden’s motorcade the middle finger as Biden made a stop on Thanksgiving during his stay at billionaire David Rubinstein’s compound. Biden and first lady Jill greeted the U.S. Coast Guard members before retiring to their vacation home on Rubenstein’s island. Biden gave “challenge coins” to Coast Guard members as a way to commemorate their service. The President said to Coast Guard members: I’m not joking when I say I’m thankful for these guys – I’m thankful for them, and everybody, I mean it from the bottom of my heart. I’ve watched them in the South China Sea, I’ve watched them in Afghanistan, Iraq. I’ve watched them in South America … Wherever they are.” However, there was “one gentleman standing on his porch giving the middle finger to the presidential motorcade as we neared the coast guard station,” according to White House pool reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs. The Nantucket man’s gesture is symbolic of how many Americans feel about the President and represents a rising discontent with Biden. Conservative stadiums across the country have been chanting “Let’s...
    A Chinese spy ship was spotted lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks and passing several major military bases. The Dongdiao-class spy ship entered the 200km exclusive economic zone off the coast of Darwin in August. The ships are equipped with sophisticated antennas and radar technology that allows them to monitor defences. China has used them to spy on Taiwan.  The vessel ventured south and traveled along the east coast before passing 'one of Australia's prime military training areas' in Shoalwater Bay, Queensland. A Chinese spy ship was spotted lurking off the Australian coast for three weeks and passing several major military bases (pictured, surveillance ship used by China to monitor the military exercises between Australia and the United States) China has frequently sent surveillance ships to Australia and monitored the Talisman Sabre military exercises with the United States in 2017, 2019 and July 2021 (pictured) It then passed several training areas used by the Royal Australian Airforce before travelling off the coast to Sydney. The ship then travelled across the Tasman and to New Zealand in September. Defence...
    Dozens of illegal boat migrants have reportedly drowned in the English Channel after their small boat capsized while trying to reach Britain from France. A huge rescue mission was undertaken on Wednesday after a boat full of illegal migrants capsized off the coast of Calais, France, in what is believed to be the deadliest drowning in the history of the Channel migrant crisis. UPDATE 2000: French President Emmanuel Macron Makes Statement Addressing the tragedy in the English Channel, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday evening that “France will not let the Channel become a cemetery.” The French leader went on to call for an “emergency meeting of European ministers” to discuss the migrant crisis. Macron also demanded that there should be an “immediate strengthening of the resources” for the EU’s Frontex border agency. The French president concluded by vowing that “everything will be done to find and condemn those responsible” for the tragedy. UPDATE 1930: French Interior Minister Says 31 Dead in the Channel At a press conference from a hospital in Calais, French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin reported that...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) girls athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances from Nov. 15-21. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Kenza Ashworth, Gunn water polo: Led Titans to the CIF NorCal D-III water polo title. Gunn beat Righetti-Santa Maria, Lodi and Santa Cruz. In the semifinal against Lodi, she had seven goals and three assists in an 11-8 win. She also had three steals. Andra Braicu, Menlo tennis: Freshman led Knights to the championship match of the CIF NorCal girls team tennis finals. Won all three of her matches while playing No. 2...
    Welcome to the Bay Area News Group (Mercury News & East Bay Times) boys athlete of the week poll. For the entire academic year, we will provide a list of candidates who stood out over the previous week and allow you, the reader, to vote for the winner. This week, we consider performances between Nov. 15-21. Polls close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Vote as many times as you’d like until then. Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. We also review stats submitted to MaxPreps by coaches/team statisticians. On to the nominees: Camilo Arquette, St. Francis football: The two-way standout ran for 117 yards and three touchdowns in 18 carries as undefeated St. Francis overcame a two-touchdown deficit to defeat Menlo-Atherton 49-28 in the semifinals of the CCS Division I playoffs.  Sergio Beltran, Menlo School football: Finished 35 of 43 passing for 368 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for three touchdowns, leading Menlo to a 45-35 victory over top-seeded San Benito in...
    Though shark season is past its peak, a great white shark was recently spotted off the coast of Massachusetts attacking a seal, the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said recently. The nonprofit organization tweeted an attack that happened near the southern tip of Monomoy Island, an eight-mile stretch of sand that goes southwest from Chatham, Massachusetts. The attack occurred on November 7 and footage was shot by a male identified as R. Nossa. The 32-second clip shows the shark going after the seal, with the shark's dorsal fin briefly breaching the surface of the water. Scroll down for video  A great white shark was recently spotted near Cape Cod, Massachusetts attacking a seal The video shows the shark going after the seal and the shark's dorsal fin briefly breaching the surface of the water They bloody attack happened near the southern tip of Monomoy Island, an eight-mile stretch of sand that goes southwest from Chatham, Massachusetts The attack occurred after 'we have passed peak season for [great] white shark activity along the Cape Cod coast,' the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy said ...
    (CNN)Thanksgiving is just over a week away, but holiday travel will start as early as Friday for some. A significant storm has the potential to disrupt travel plans from the Midwest to the Northeast during one of the busiest times of the year to travel. We are talking about disruptions at major airline hubs like Chicago and New York at the beginning of next week. "The upper trough and a possible embedded low may support potentially significant low pressure that would affect portions of the East, and requires monitoring given the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel week," the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) said Tuesday morning. Pandemic holiday travel 2.0: How to navigate Thanksgiving this yearThe storm system could begin to develop Sunday in the Midwest, strengthening daily. By the time it gets near the East Coast on Tuesday, a secondary system could develop along the coast, exacerbating the disrupting weather conditions in places like New York."It is too early to resolve detailed effects from low pressure that may be near the East Coast by next Tuesday, but significant rain/snow and...
    Rising ocean temperatures in the Pacific are at the core of the West Coast's precipitation patterns, driving winter storms, and could wind up causing the climate of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest to switch, a new study suggests. Researchers from Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado have determined that ocean temperatures and not the planet's ice sheets, are 'directly responsible' for changing the North Pacific's atmosphere and the West Coast's precipitation patterns. This happened during the Last Glacial Maximum, which occurred between 31,000 and 16,000 years ago and is currently happening now. The changes are noteworthy given the fact it does not require an ice sheet to occur, the researchers said. Rising ocean temperatures in the Pacific are causing changes to the West Coast's precipitation patterns Similar to what happened during the Last Glacial Maximum, the climates of the Pacific Northwest and Southwest could switch Scientists originally thought that during the Last Glacial Maximum, roughly 20,000 years ago, large ice sheets hovered over North America and these ice...
    Incredible footage of what might be the world's 'most battered' great white shark has been captured near South Australia's Neptune Islands. The footage, posted to the Sea Dragon Films YouTube channel in January, shows a great white shark swimming beside underwater photographer Dean Spraakman, its fins, gills, mouth and body covered in scratches.  Mr Spraakman said that he has never seen a great white in such poor condition before and while he originally shout the marine creature was in a lot of pain, it was actually extremely calm and gentle in its demeanour.  'No one has ever seen a shark in a condition like this before,' Mr Spraakman told The Sun.  'He was very calm and ... came very close, within an arm's reach from me - sometimes when you get a good shark like that, they just want to come and look you in the eye, just have a really good look at who you are.'   Video footage captured by Mr Spraakman shows the shark swimming alongside other small fish, its skin worn away in places and bite marks visible on its...
    (CNN)Another deluge is on tap for the West this week as a series of systems line up and take aim at the Pacific Northwest coast. These storms have the potential to cause major flooding and landslides in areas that are already saturated with rain. The first system is winding down. It brought heavy rain, snow and gusty winds to parts of the Washington, Oregon and Northern California coasts. Parts of Northern California saw wind gusts as high as 50 to 60 mph Tuesday morning. Crescent City, California, reported the highest gust at 65 mph."By late Thursday an atmospheric river event is expected to begin," said the National Weather Service in Seattle. This next event will bring an abundance of moisture, mostly to Washington and Oregon. Read More(1) An active pattern in the West as one atmospheric river event winds down today with another set to impact the Pacific Northwest on Thursday. (2) Meanwhile, a storm system will deepen across the Northern Plains late Wednesday bringing periods of heavy rain to the Central U.S. pic.twitter.com/24R5W6kbXR— NWS Weather Prediction Center (@NWSWPC) November...
    A KILLER whale was filmed ripping out the tongue of its fellow predator and drowning it in a furious battle to the death. Drone footage captured the sea creature, believed to be an orca, mauling the huge 30-foot grey whale as the pair clashed off the coast of California. 4The two whales engaged in a battle to the death off the coast of CaliforniaCredit: YouTube 4Bloody footage shows the moment the tongue of the 30ft beast was ripped outCredit: YouTube The video was taken by Monterey Bay Whale Watch - who witnessed the attack take place in April 2019. They claim that five killer orca whales had circled the lone sea creature, before the one-on-one tussle commenced on film. The 8 minute clip, posted on YouTube, showed the pair grappling for some time before the whales tongue was finally ripped out with a timed attack. The grey whale is then drowned and fails to resurface as a sea of red is left in its wake. The gruesome encounter came roughly a year before a great white shark was filmed drowning...
    © Obama: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA/courtesy of lacama. b... The Obama Portraits’ Arrive in Los Angeles A bright white wall at LACMA is made more vibrant by the arrival of “The Obama Portraits” in their West Coast debut, part three of a five-city tour that began in Chicago, stopped in Brooklyn, and will continue on to Atlanta and Houston in 2022. These official portraits — depicting the 44th president and first lady, by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively — will be on display through Jan. 2 and are contextualized by a broader companion exhibit, “Black American Portraits,” which envelops them like a nesting doll, dedicated to the way portraiture has been used as a tool of power and self-determination throughout American history. “It’s an exciting moment in the long journey of these paintings to have the work shown in dialogue with so many of the artists who came before us and made this experience possible,” Sherald tells THR. Running through April 17 and co-curated by Liz Andrews, executive director of Spelman College Museum of...
    Cargo thefts along the West Coast - home to the nation's largest ports - have jumped 42 percent since last year.  The correlation between the California ports' logjam and crime rise came was hardly a shock to crime and theft specialist Scott Cornell. 'The more that the supply chain in general is backed up, the more cargo you're going to have sitting and that creates a bigger opportunity for thefts,' crime and theft specialist at insurance company Travelers Scott Cornell, told CBS MoneyWatch.  More than $5million in consumer goods were stolen in California during the third-quarter of 2021, according to cargo theft recovery and prevention network CargoNet - another blow to the state's beleaguered ports.  The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which move about 40 percent of shipped cargo entering the U.S., are struggling with an unprecedented backlog that’s slowing the nation’s overall supply chain ahead of the holidays. There were 73 container ships at anchor Monday, and 29 container ships at berth. The backlog is exacerbated by thousands of empty shipping containers sitting on the ports, creating...
    A conference in a lawsuit accusing local government of bungling its homelessness response was winding down with the usual federal courthouse pomp when a booming voice broke in from the back. “I don’t believe the voices of skid row have been heard,” bellowed General Jeff Page, skid row community leader Pete White recalled Page telling U.S. District Judge David O. Carter. Soon the judge and Page were “thick as thieves,” White said, traipsing around skid row homeless tents at all hours, in a relationship that by some accounts influenced the judge’s orders. “After a year, the judge sounded more like General Jeff than General Jeff,” said White, a member of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. Page, a West Coast hip-hop pioneer who earned the name “mayor of skid row” while fighting to reclaim skid row from its city designation as a homelessness “containment zone,” died Oct. 13 at 56 after suffering a stroke and heart problems. His “positivity” movement left an indelible mark on the skid row landscape. A mural map of the area’s city limit...
    INCREDIBLE drone photographs of a huge 'whirlpool' off the coast of Scotland left viewers stumped as to what might be causing the sensation. Paul Young, 46, captured the pictures using his drone on October 31 in Lendalfoot, South Ayrshire. 4The remarkable images show the mystery whirlpoolCredit: SWNS 4Social media erupted with speculation - but the answer was much more simple than many realisedCredit: SWNS The accountant, from Girvan, was stumped by the strange sight. Paul said: "I had assumed it was a riptide and it looked a bit like a whirlpool. I posted it on social media to see if anyone knew." An array of bizarre answers came teeming in, with guesses ranging from herring spawning to effluent, burst pipes, to methane leaks to possible explosives. As it's near a landfill site, Paul assumed it was effluent. He said: "I don't think it's that because I watched for about an hour and if it had been a bomb it would have been one huge, quick explosion. "Scottish Water has no sewers or infrastructure near or in...
    Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos were slammed as hypocrites for lecturing the world on the need to combat climate change by reducing carbon footprint while at the same time reportedly vacationing on superyachts off the coast of Turkey.  Multi-billionaire and Microsoft founder Gates celebrated his 66th birthday in Turkey in the company of fellow tycoon and Amazon founder Bezos on Friday. Bezos was among the 50 guests invited to Gates' private party beside the Mediterranean. It's not clear whether any of Gates' family helped him celebrate at his exclusive bash.  According to reports, Bezos traveled to Gates’ superyacht by helicopter. The Blue Origin founder is said to have made the 120-mile round trip journey by chopper from Govoka to the resort town of Fethiye. The jet fuel used to power helicopters emits 21.095 pounds of carbon dioxide per gallon burned. Since helicopters use up approximately 10.75 miles per gallon, Bezos’ helicopter emitted some 215 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Both Bezos and Gates are reportedly staying on superyachts - each of which emits 7,020 tons of carbon dioxide per...
    Ron Swansons most memorable moments from Parks and Rec How Rich Are Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and These Big-Name US Soccer Stars? The Ducks did what they needed to do as they hope to impress down the stretch. Plus, welcome the Demon Deacons into the Top 10! It was a Saturday that felt big coming in, but the big boys mainly took care of business at the top. Most notably … Sparty had a party and the biggest win of the Mel Tucker era means that Michigan State is for real in the only matchup of top-10 teams coming into the day. The Playoff rankings will drop in a few days and when they do, they’ll be taking up the unenviable task of trying to rank top teams this season. We know Georgia’s the Big Dog in the sport this year, but after that? You could throw any order of teams 2–10 and have it be plausible. The season has reached its business end, and with that comes the answers to the questions this season has posed about who’s...
    Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman (R) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● WA-SoS: Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who is the Evergreen State’s only Republican statewide elected official, announced Tuesday that she would resign on Nov. 19 to join the Biden administration to oversee election security. (Wyman, depending on whether or not one includes Alaska as part of the West Coast, could also be called the region’s only statewide Republican.) Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will be charged with appointing her successor, who will be up in November of 2022 for the final two years of Wyman’s term. Inslee has the chance to put a Democrat in the secretary of state’s office for the first time since the 1964 elections, but there’s no guarantee he’ll take advantage of the opportunity. Indeed, when the Associated Press’ Rachel La Corte asked the governor’s office if he might...
    (CNN)A snowless nor'easter was dropping heavy rain in parts of the US Northeast including metro New York on Tuesday morning, and will threaten flooding and power outages into Wednesday. The storm, expected to deliver powerful winds and about 2 to 5 inches of rain in short order over several states, led the governors of New Jersey and New York to declare states of emergency in advance.Flash flooding already was being reported early Tuesday in parts of New Jersey, just weeks after the region was hit by severe flooding from Hurricane Ida in early September.LIVE UPDATES: Nor'easter, East Coast, CaliforniaFlash flood watches were in effect Tuesday for eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and parts of New York and southern New England, with rain expected into Tuesday evening or early Wednesday.Read MoreExtreme winds expected to knock out powerDamaging winds are expected to blow down trees and power lines in some areas. A high wind warning was in place for parts of eastern Long Island, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. New Jersey and New York issue states of emergency ahead of noreaster"Widespread power outages are...
    (CNN)As a historic "bomb cyclone" winds down on the West Coast, computer forecast models are hinting at a possible autumn nor'easter on the East Coast starting Tuesday.It just won't have all the snow that you usually expect from this kind of storm. Instead, this intensifying storm will bring extreme winds and heavy rains -- the last thing New Yorkers really want to see after the devastating flash flooding this year. "A rapidly developing low pressure system south of Long Island will likely produce heavy rainfall across the region," the National Weather Service in New York says.Flood and flash flood watches are in effect from southern New Jersey to northern Massachusetts. There is no doubt that the rainfall in the Northeast over the next couple of days will be because of this strengthening low pressure system. But there remains uncertainty on how strong it will get and how close to the coast it will track. Read More"Anytime you have two areas of low pressure trying to combine in the warm Gulf Stream off the Northeast Coast, models will differ on their...
    (CNN)After the West Coast got walloped by record-setting rainfall and dangerous mudslides -- with more heavy rain in store today -- 70 million Americans in the eastern US are now also at risk for severe weather. The threat zone Monday stretches from the southern Appalachians to New York City, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Damaging winds will be the main threat, with some isolated threats of large hail or tornadoes. Flash flooding is another concern. From Massachusetts to New Jersey, flash flood watches will be in effect from Monday evening through Tuesday afternoon. Photos: West Coast braces for a barrage of weather hazards Photos: West Coast braces for a barrage of weather hazardsRocks and vegetation cover Highway 70 following a landslide in the Dixie Fire zone on Sunday, October 24, in Plumas County, California. Heavy rains blanketing Northern California created slide and flood hazards in land scorched during last summer's wildfires. Hide Caption 1 of 8 Photos: West Coast braces for a barrage of weather hazardsA motorist surveys floodwaters from Lake Madrone crossing Oro...
    Police are investigating whether the unvaccinated Uber driver currently deteriorating in a Queensland hospital allegedly tried to escape the ward despite needing a constant supply of high flow oxygen.   Authorities are 'investigating an attempted escape' from inside the Covid ward at the Gold Coast University Hospital, Nine's Today reported.  The patient is believed to be Duran Raman, the Covid-infected rideshare driver who tested positive for the virus last week after returning from a trip to Melbourne.  It comes after the 36-year-old Broadbeach man showed signs his health was deteriorating on Friday.   Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young revealed at a press conference rideshare driver was 'very unwell' and was relying on oxygen.  'Over the last 24 hours he has deteriorated so he needs more oxygen' she told reporters on Friday.   Duran Raman, aged in his 30s, (pictured) was infectious in the community for up to 10 days after returning from a trip to Melbourne on October 10 'They are keeping a very close eye on him. He is on high flow oxygen and he will probably need to go...
    Virginia Democrats sue USPS over delayed delivery of election-related material Obama hits campaign trail ahead of gubernatorial elections in 2 states Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/26 SLIDES © Bob Berg/Getty Images The '90s and "Enter the Wu-Tang" Hip-hop might have been birthed in the ‘80s; however it wasn't until the ‘90s when the genre started to take off. It was an era of legends like Nas, the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and more who earned their stripes as some of the best in the game. It even sparked an East Coast/West Coast beef among some of the greatest MCs. The sound of hip-hop today may be totally different then it was then, but many rappers give praises to the iconic MCs that came before them. From groups like the Wu-Tang Clan to A Tribe Called Quest, let’s look...
    THE SEATTLE region was bracing for a bomb cyclone but instead got what many people in the area are used to: rain. Seattle meteorologists said the bomb cyclone is staying far enough off the Washington and Oregon coasts. What happened to the bomb cyclone? Meteorologists said the storm was hundreds of miles off the west coast, so the result is widespread rain and breezy conditions Saturday, October 23, 2021. It will all change Sunday, October 24 when the strongest weather system will move in. People can expect thunderstorms, high surf and snow in the mountain regions. A wind advisory has been issued for parts of the Puget Sound. The wind could continue into Monday, October 25. People living in the area are used to this as it's the rainy season in the region. 2The bomb cyclone has stayed off the west coast Most read in newsIN DISTRESS Brian Laundrie 'grieving' when he vanished days before Gabby's body was foundMEGA STORM Live updates with BRUTAL cyclone bomb to hit Seattle bringing 8 feet of snowSEARCH IS OVER Police confirm remains found...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Twenty-eight Cubans intercepted at sea have been transferred to the Bahamas, the US Coast Guard announced Friday. The Coast Guard spotted a vessel at about 4:30 p.m. near Anguilla Cay, Bahamas. A Coast Guard Cutter arrived on scene and spotted two unseaworthy vessels 1.5 miles offshore Anguilla Cay. The cutter’s crew safely embarked the Cubans from both vessels. “Navigating the seas in a less than seaworthy vessel is dangerous and could result in loss of life,” said Cmdr. Jacob McMillan, Coast Guard Liaison Officer Bahamas. “Fortunately, our aircraft and cutter crews located and embarked the persons safely.” No injuries were reported.
    (CNN)To the surprise of researchers and sunfish enthusiasts worldwide, a more than 4,000-pound sunfish was found tangled in the nets of a tuna-fishing boat off the coast of Ceuta, an autonomous Spanish port city in north Africa bordering Morocco, on October 4.The mammoth sunfish measured 10.5 feet long and 9.5 feet wide. Enrique Ostale, who leads the University of Seville's Marine Biology Lab in Ceuta, estimated that it weighed about 4,400 pounds, based on comparisons with other catches."We tried to weigh it, but we just had a scale up to one thousand kilograms, and in this case, we couldn't use it because it was going to break," he told CNN in Spanish. A huge, strange-looking fish washed up on a California beach. Scientists say its a first Ostale told CNN that his research team has been working with local almadraba fishermen, who use nets attached to boats to catch fish like tuna, for four years to study sunfish. Based on their catch, the fishermen and researchers select what interests them while returning the other species to the sea. However, in...
    One California town along the Big Sur coast is seeing startling numbers at the pump - nearing $8 a gallon - as the cost of gasoline surges across the U.S. due to increasing crude oil prices and the continuing supply chain crisis. Residents of Gorda, a small community situated on the central coast, on Thursday saw the price of a gallon of gas hit an alarming $7.59 - $4 more than the national average. Premium gasoline had reached an equally astounding $8.50 per gallon. The Golden State tops the list of the most expensive fuel in the country - the national average is $3.36 compared to California's $4.53 per gallon - as prices surge due to increasing crude oil costs and the continuing supply chain crisis.  Gas costs continue to climb at an alarming rate across the nation, but California has seen the brunt of the spike, with several cities seeing gas prices more than $1 over the national average of $3.36 a gallon. Gorda gas costs more than $4 over the national average Golden State gas is the most...
    Fox News’ Neil Cavuto has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement provided to Mediaite, Cavuto said he is lucky to be vaccinated and encouraged more people to get the shot. While I’m somewhat stunned by this news, doctors tell me I’m lucky as well. Had I not been vaccinated, and with all my medical issues, this would be a far more dire situation. It’s not, because I did and I’m surviving this because I did. I hope anyone and everyone gets that message loud and clear. Get vaccinated, for yourself and everyone around you. Everyone wins, except maybe my wife, who thought I was back in the city for good for live shows. Maybe not so fast now. Jackie DeAngelis filled in for Cavuto on his Fox Business program Cavuto Coast to Coast, while Charles Payne filled in on Your World on Fox News. This story is breaking and will be updated. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- A boater had quite an amazing close encounter off the coast of Oxnard.ABC7 viewer Evan Brodsky shared must-see video on Monday of three humpback whales swimming around his boat.You can see them circling around and coming up for air. To give you some perspective, Brodsky said the boat is 33 feet long. According to NOAA, humpback whales can grow to weigh up to 40 tons and measure up to about 60 feet long. They also have a lifespan of about 80 to 90 years.READ ALSO | Giant blue whales spotted swimming, feeding off coast of Newport BeachEMBED More News VideosWhale watchers were treated to an amazing view when they spotted giant blue whales swimming and feeding off the coast of Newport Beach on Monday.
    These animals probably don’t meet that often. A dive instructor brought her dog with her on a trip off the coast of Australia and helped the animal make a new friend. Apparently, the beloved pet really enjoyed meeting a whale shark for the first time. Jade Pursell captured a photo of her dog kissing a whale shark after it surfaced next to her boat near the Ningaloo Reef. (@jadepursell_/Kennedy News /SWNS) Jade Pursell captured a photo of her dog kissing a whale shark after it surfaced next to her boat near the Ningaloo Reef. According to Southwest News Service (SWNS), the 22-foot-long animal popped its head out of the water near where Sailor, a Labrador retriever, was sitting. 101-YEAR-OLD WOMAN ADOPTS 19-YEAR-OLD CAT FROM ANIMAL SHELTER "Sailor had never met a whale shark before," she said. "I always hoped she would but that was by far better than I had ever imagined. I was telling her not to touch it but neither of them listened to me. Sailor sniffed and kissed the shark." In a photo, the two animals...
    JACKSONVILLE (CBSMiami) – Governor Ron DeSantis said ports in the state are open for business and could be part of the solution to the supply chain problem. DeSantis made those remarks during a visit to JaxPort in Jacksonville on Tuesday. READ MORE: No Bond For Accused Hollywood Cop Killer Jason Banegas Who Was Released From From Jail 30 Days Ago On Juvie Probation“You’ve seen these images of ships docked off the coast of various cities of the United States where there’s a big logjam, that, of course, is impacting what we see on our store shelves, we see more empty shelves than you’re used to seeing,” he said. Ships have been anchored off the coast of California slowing the movement of goods to stores. President Joe Biden announced last week that the California ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach would be shifting to 24-hour operations seven days a week to help alleviate the problem. DeSantis noted that Florida’s ports have always worked 24 hours a day. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Can You Expect Another Relief Payment?“We in...
    A MASSIVE 6.0 earthquake has rocked the eastern Mediterranean following major tremors off the coast of Greece. Some estimates claim this morning's quake was as big as 6.4 weeks after a huge tremor wrecked parts of Crete. 1A church collapsed in Arkalochori, Crete, trapping three builders under the rubbleCredit: AFP The seismic activity today was felt in Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Israel, reports say. However, it is not yet known if the earthquake has caused any injuries. The epicentre is 149km south east of Greek island Karpathos, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The USGS estimates the quake was 6.0 on the Richter scale while the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (ESMC) reported a 6.4 tremor. More to follow... For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun Online. Thesun.co.uk is your go to destination for the best celebrity news, football news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video. Download our fantastic, new and improved free App for the best ever Sun Online experience. For iPhone click here, for Android click here.  Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thesun and...
    Seoul, South Korea (CNN)North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile from its eastern coast on Tuesday morning, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.The launch took place in the port city of Sinpo, Hamgyong province, at about 10 a.m. local time Tuesday (9 p.m. ET Monday), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.Japan's Deputy Secretary General Yoshihiko Isozaki said two ballistic missiles were fired during Tuesday's launch, while South Korea's military only initially announced one projectile.South Korea's military said in a statement it was working with the United States to analyze details of the launch.The latest North Korean test follows months of seesawing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has been testing a growing number of projectiles in 2021, including what it claimed was a new hypersonic missile in late September.Read MoreAt the same time, relations have been warming between North and South Korea, with Pyongyang agreeing to reopen official communications with Seoul on October 4.
    Regulators scrutinizing plans for an oil pipeline off the Orange County coast in the 1970s examined the potential damage in the event of a ship anchor strike but downplayed the risks, concluding that a resulting spill would be minor, according to documents reviewed by The Times. Regulators predicted in 1978 that a leak would result in a spill of only 50 barrels of oil, records show. That’s less than a tenth of the minimum amount of oil that leaked in waters off the Orange County coast this month in an accident investigators believe was caused when a cargo ship waiting to enter the port dropped its anchor and hit the pipeline. Experts in oil pipeline construction now say the regulators badly underestimated the potential disaster from an anchor strike and missed an opportunity that might have prompted additional safeguards and prevented the major oil spill that fouled a long stretch of Orange County beaches. “Their presentations were fatally flawed…. In no scenario could you come up with 50 barrels,” said Richard Kuprewicz, the president of Accufacts Inc., who specializes in...
    The oil spill off Orange County has generated so much news it’s hard to keep up. What’s more, much of the news about the spill hasn’t been conclusive, raising new questions. With that in mind, here’s a quick primer on what is known – and what isn’t – about the environmental catastrophe washing up on Orange County shores. Q: What spilled? A: On Thursday, Oct. 14, the Coast Guard said the amount of oil spilled into the ocean probably is closer to the low-end estimate of 25,000 gallons than the early high-end amount of 131,000 gallons of naturally occurring crude oil. Amplify Energy, the company responsible for the pipeline linked to the spill, says the crude oil in this event had a gravity rating of 13 degrees, meaning it is light enough to float on water and it is unlikely that a glob of oil remains on the ocean floor. Also, crude oil includes other elements, such as sulfur, that need to be removed during the refinement process. It’s unclear what other elements are in the crude oil involved in...
    Republican Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R-CA) introduced legislation on Tuesday that risks hindering easy access to Orange County coastline ports. Steel, a Republican from Orange County, introduced the SHIP Act, which would ban cargo vessels from idling or anchoring 24 nautical miles off Orange County’s coastline. If the legislation was adopted, the ban would immediately take effect up to 180 days or until President Biden announces the freight container crisis has ended. NEWS: Today I introduced legislation to ban cargo ships off the Orange County coast. Ships anchored for weeks and months off our coast likely caused last weeks oil spill. Reports show that the pipe "may have been struck several other times" by ship anchors off the coast. — Rep. Michelle Steel (@RepSteel) October 12, 2021 “Cargo ships idling for months off the Orange County coastline have become an environmental and public health crisis. It’s time to get the ports working again and get these ships moving and out of our waters,” Steel claimed in a press release. “This crisis could have been prevented and it’s important that we protect our waters...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Coast Guard says Southern California oil spill likely totaled 25,000 gallons, the low end of early estimates. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    At the Washington Business Journal, we often try to show you the most expensive and most luxurious houses on the market in Greater Washington. This is not one of those stories. Instead, we take you to Greene County, Virginia, about 100 miles southwest of the District, where a small home on the market for $499,900 has the rare distinction of sitting at about the highest elevation of any private home you can find in region and beyond. “The long and short of it, from what I am aware of, at about 3,300 feet up, it is the highest elevation for a private property on the entire East Coast — along with all the other homes along the way there,” said Jake McNemar of Re/Max Crossroads in Culpeper, Virginia, who is representing the seller of 2343 Flattop Mountain Road. The home itself is unique — a three-story, octagon-shaped, custom-made house on a 10-acre assemblage on Flattop Mountain. It has windows in every direction looking out at Shenandoah National Park and the surrounding area. The… Read the full...
    Dolphins swimming off the coast of Wales — which have been found to have their own 'Welsh accent' — speak faster than those anywhere else in the world, new research suggests.  The whistles of pods around Cardigan Bay have a unique regional signature and were found to be at a higher frequency than others across the globe.  Experts on the BBC nature series Wonders of the Celtic Deep, which explores the west Wales coastline, made the discovery after a study of 240 bottlenose dolphins.  Dolphins swimming off the coast of Wales — which have been found to have their own 'Welsh accent' — speak faster than those anywhere else in the world, research suggests (stock image) How do dolphins use 'signature whistles'?  Signature whistles are sounds made by dolphins, used to identify different individuals. Dolphin calves will eventually make their own individual whistle, but in the first stages of life, they use their mother's. In a previous study, researchers observed a dolphin mother at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California, who gave birth to a dolphin baby called Mira in 2014....
    Helicopter wreckage and the bodies of five Navy sailors have been recovered six weeks after the aircraft crashed off the coast of San Diego on August 31.  The sailors were conducting routine flight operations from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln when their MH-60S helicopter crashed. The Navy later confirmed their identities to be Lieutenant Bradley Foster, 29, from Oakhurst, California; Lieutenant Paul Fridley, 28, from Annadale, Virginia; Naval Air Crewman 2nd Class James Buriak, 31, from Salem, Virginia; Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Sarah Burns, 31, from Severna Park, Maryland; and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Bailey Tucker, 21, from St. Louis, Missouri.  The Navy formally announced their deaths last month after a three-day search and rescue mission failed to find the wreckage. The wreckage of the MH-60S Seahawk helicopter was finally recovered on Friday by salvage divers from the multi-purpose service vessel HOS Bayou. The helicopter was found 5300 feet, or roughly one mile, below sea level, around 60 miles southwest of San Diego on October 8. The Navy withheld the discovery from the public until today in order to tell the sailors' families....
    Listen to this episode of The Times: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Google Podcasts It’s been about a week since a big oil spill hit the Southern California shoreline near Orange County. Tar sullied sensitive wetlands. Birds and fish died. Miles of beaches were closed. The L.A. Times newsroom has produced dozens of stories trying to understand what happened, and what we’ve found so far isn’t pretty: aging offshore oil platforms and pipelines — being bought up by companies that have a history of safety violations. Today, we speak to L.A. Times investigative reporter Connor Sheets about the causes of the so-called Huntington Beach oil spill. And an environmental activist describes what she found when visiting Southern California’s offshore drilling platforms in 2018. Host: Gustavo Arellano Guests: L.A. Times investigative reporter Connor Sheets and Center for Biological Diversity oceans program director Miyoko Sakashita More reading: Full coverage: What to know about the Huntington Beach oil spill California attorney general launches investigation into Orange County oil spill Federal regulation of oil platforms was dogged by problems long before...
    They are known to be extremely social creatures that thrive in the freezing waters of the Artic. So the discovery of a lone beluga whale off the coast of Seattle — almost 1,500 miles from its nearest population in Alaska — has left scientists baffled.  The wayward creature's 'very rare' appearance is the first documented sighting of a beluga whale in the inlet of Puget Sound in more than 80 years. The closest beluga whale population is in Cook Inlet, Alaska, about 1,450 miles away. Mystery: The discovery of a lone beluga whale off the coast of Seattle — almost 1,500 miles from its nearest population in Alaska — has left scientists baffled (stock image) How beluga whales are most at home in the Arctic Ocean's waters Belugas, also known as white whales, are known for having rounded foreheads and no dorsal fin. The marine mammals feed feed on fish, crustaceans, and worms. Ranging from 13ft to 20ft in length, the whales are common in the Arctic Ocean's coastal waters. But they migrate southwards in large herds when the sea freezes...
    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Oil has been washing up on some Southern California beaches since a leak in an underwater pipeline from an offshore platform sent tens of thousands of gallons of heavy crude into the ocean waters. The spill fouled the famed sands of Huntington Beach, known as Surf City USA, and could keep the ocean and shoreline closed there and in some other communities to the south for weeks. Here’s a look at what happened, who’s involved and the aftermath: WHAT HAPPENED? Boaters off Orange County and residents of Newport Beach started reporting a petroleum smell in the air and oily sheen on the water Friday afternoon, Oct. 1. The following morning the Coast Guard confirmed a spill. The sheen on the ocean was miles wide and crude started washing ashore in sticky, black blobs. The leak occurred about 5 miles (8 kilometers) offshore at a depth of about 98 feet (30 meters) and came from a pipeline owned by Amplify Energy. The Houston-based company also owns and operates three nearby offshore platforms that pipe...
    (CNN)Swimming deep in the Pacific Ocean, a group of little-known killer whales that eat large sea mammals including grey whale calves has been found, researchers say.In a recently-published catalog, researchers from the University of British Columbia examined 13 years of photo-identification data and more than 100,000 photographs taken off North America's west coasts. What they encountered was a group of what they referred to as "outer coast" transient whales, which rarely traveled to California's coast and hunt massive elephant seals or sea lions."What we did with this catalog is report 150 killer whales that seem to be different from other groups of killer whales," said Andrew Trites, director of the Marine Mammal Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, who co-authored the study. A stranded orca was freed from a rocky coastline in Alaska after being stuck for hoursAccording to Trites, there are different types of killer whales in the Pacific: residents, which eat fish; offshores, which consume sharks; and transients, which specialize in eating marine mammals. Trites noted how it has been known there are two populations of...
    The U.S. Coast Guard investigated a vessel in Oakland on Wednesday as part of its probe into whether a ship’s anchor punctured an oil pipeline off the coast of Orange County and spilled 144,000 gallons of crude. The container ship was in the area of the pipeline before the spill was discovered, according to a source familiar with the investigation, and later headed north. Investigators are likely looking for data showing the ship’s movements and other mechanical information. The examination is just one part of a wider investigation into how the spill occurred in the waters off Southern California this weekend, sources familiar with the investigation said. A final determination of the spill’s cause may take months, but the Coast Guard is focusing on the possibility that a ship’s anchor ruptured the pipeline. Officials emphasized, however, that the probe is in its early stages. Global positioning data provided to The Times shows that the Rotterdam Express, a German container ship, was anchored Friday near the area of the oil spill and was in Port of Oakland...
    (CNN)The leak of over 100,000 gallons of crude oil off the coast of Southern California first came to official attention with a vague report on Friday night about a sheen on the water. It took more than 12 hours for authorities to recognize the extent of the problem.The time period between those two events is now under closer scrutiny as the extensive oil spill has shut prized beaches, damaged coastal habitats and threatened the health of animals and people who call the area home. The leak is no longer active, but up to 144,000 gallons of oil may have spewed into the ocean from a 13-inch gash in a pipeline about 4.5 miles offshore, officials said. Here's a look at what authorities and the pipeline operator knew and did in the aftermath of the oil spill, based on press conferences, statements and government investigators.Read MoreRecent pastThis October 22, 2012, photo provided by the federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement shows the platforms Ellen and Elly offshore near Long Beach, California.The San Pedro Bay Pipeline was installed off the coast...
    A new kind of killer whale that preys on large sea mammals including baby grey whales has been discovered off the west coast of the United States. Canadian researchers said these 'outer coast transient whales' — as they have been named — prefer to hunt in the Pacific's deepwater canyons, rather than closer to shore, and have a unique vocal dialect. They are believed to be a subset of transient orcas known as Bigg's killer whales, although their calls tend to have a higher pitch and they spend more time along the continental shelf off California than their cousins. A new kind of killer whale that preys on large sea mammals has been spotted off the west coast of the United States. These 'outer coast transient whales' are pictured above WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THESE NEW 'OUTER COAST TRANSIENT WHALES'?  What are they most similar too? The new outer coast transients are believed to be a subset of transient orcas known as Bigg's killer whales. Prior to this study, coastal and outer-coast transient whales were assumed to belong to a single...