The Biden administration has announced a proposal for three offshore oil and gas lease sales over the next five years, all of which will be situated in the Gulf of Mexico. Notably, no lease sales are planned for the Pacific, Atlantic or Alaskan waters. The rationale behind the administration’s decision to allocate water for oil
A city in California has passed an ordinance protecting the legal bodily liberties of elephants. The historic law marked the first legislation protecting the rights of nonhuman animals. The law was passed in an Ojai City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 26. It’s a decree that animal rights advocates have pushed for years. “Recognizing the
California’s longest-serving senator, Dianne Feinstein, has died at the age of 90. President Joe Biden reacted to the news, calling her a “pioneering American and a true trailblazer.” While reactions continue to pour in, attention is already turning to the implications of her absence. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, D, is tasked with filling her seat.
Beneath a remote expanse of wilderness in Canada lies a rare mineral deposit that officials have called the world’s most important untapped source of nickel, copper and cobalt. Worth an estimated $67 billion, these metals, located in a region known as the Ring of Fire, are essential for building the batteries that power electric vehicles.
Target announced it would be shutting down select stores across the country, citing violence tied to ongoing organized retail theft. In Philadelphia, more than 50 people were arrested after looters ransacked multiple stores over two nights.The string of incidents resulted in the temporary closure of all state-run liquor stores in the area after several were
The federal government employs more than 2 million civilian employees and 1.4 million active duty military service members who do not get paid during a government shutdown. But members of Congress, who make $174,000 a year, continue receiving their regular salary. That’s because Congress members’ compensation is written directly into the Constitution. Congressional leadership earns
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the longest-serving senator from her state has died, according to people familiar with the matter. Feinstein, who was 90, made herself known for advocating and trying to find common ground with her colleagues on the other side of the aisle to pass stricter gun legislation. Feinstein wrote and passed a 10-year
United Airlines is making it easier for travelers in wheelchairs to find accommodations after a probe by the federal government. According to a U.S. Department of Transportation release, this stems from a complaint filed against the airline by disability advocate Engracia Figueroa. Figueroa filed the complaint after her custom wheelchair was damaged on a United
Elon Musk, owner of X, formerly known as Twitter, visited the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday, Sept. 28, as the billionaire finds himself more involved in the nation’s political landscape. Musk met local law enforcement and politicians at the Texas border with Mexico to get a firsthand look at the situation. Musk’s visit comes off the
With just hours to go for Congress to act, we look at what could be affected if a government shutdown begins this weekend. And it’s the end of an era as Netflix ships out its final DVDs. These stories and more highlight The Morning Rundown for Friday, Sept. 29, 2023. Congress has only hours to act before
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