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A bulldozer clears mud off the road near a flooded section of US 101 freeway in Montecito, Calif., on Tuesday. Mudslides unleashed by a ferocious storm demolished homes in southern California and killed more than a dozen, police said. ( Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Emergency workers have rescued dozens of survivors, search continues for the missing

The number of people killed by mudslides in Southern California is expected to rise, but rescue efforts should become easier Wednesday after a powerful rainstorm heads west and skies clear, authorities said.

The death toll from the powerful debris flows that hit the community of Montecito stood at 15 on Tuesday morning, as Santa Barbara County spokesperson Yaneris Muniz confirmed two more victims.

National Observer

On Thursday, the Trump Administration moved to open up vast expanses of protected coastline for offshore drilling. The plan opens up 90 percent of U.S. offshore reserves to private companies: from 2019 to 2024, forty-seven new leases are planned for the waters off Alaska, California, the Eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico.

Alleen Brown, Will Parrish, Alice Speri
Internal TigerSwan documents provide a detailed picture of how the mercenary firm surveilled Dakota Access Pipeline opponents and infiltrated protest camps.
Heather Bellow

A discharge of 16,500 gallons of "hazardous wastewater" from pipeline testing in Agawam has prompted intervention by the two U.S. senators that represent Massachusetts.

In a letters to federal regulators, U.S. Sens. Edward Markey and Elizabeth Warren said Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co.'s release of pressure testing wastewater Nov. 20 poses a threat to public health and the environment in surrounding communities.

Christopher Flavelle
A destroyed camper sits in front of deteriorating trailers in Leeville, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, December 18, 2017. Louisiana is preparing recommendations through projects with LA Safe for emptying out coastal areas that are unprotected by levees and will be impacted by sea level rise in the coming years. Photographer: Derick E. Hingle/

December 22

Louisiana is finalizing a plan to move thousands of people from areas threatened by the rising Gulf of Mexico, effectively declaring uninhabitable a coastal area larger than Delaware.

A draft of the plan, the most aggressive response to climate-linked flooding in the U.S., calls for prohibitions on building new homes in high-risk areas, buyouts of homeowners who live there now and hikes in taxes on those who won’t leave. Commercial development would still be allowed, but developers would need to put up bonds to pay for those buildings’ eventual demolition.

Andrea Germanos
December 20, 2017

"Coming from the capital of world finance, this will resonate loud and clear all over the planet," says Bill McKibben
Joseph Serna

Southern California may get the Santa Ana winds every year, but — according to recorded history — they’ve never been like this.

Carl Meyer
Fire burns at a Kinder Morgan pipeline explosion on Dec. 5, 2017 outside of Dixon, Ill. west of Chicago. The explosion killed two people and injured two others. Photo by The Associated Press /Alex T. Paschal

Two people were killed and two were injured when a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline exploded in Illinois on Tuesday, the company has confirmed.

Nia Williams and Valerie Volcovici
An aerial view shows the darkened ground of an oil spill in South Dakota which shut down the Keystone pipeline between Canada and the United States in November. REUTERS PHOTOGRAPHER/REUTERS



DECEMBER 4, 2017

A U.S. regulator's preliminary investigation into the biggest oil pipeline spill this year has raised a red flag that could trigger an extensive and costly inspection of tens of thousands of miles of underground energy lines.

The 5,000-barrel leak on TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline on Nov. 16 in South Dakota might have stemmed from damage caused by a weight put in place when it was built in 2008, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a report published on Tuesday.


Socialism — yes, socialism — is having a moment in America. And it’s hotter than ever among Philly millennials.

It’s one of those final, bittersweet fridays of the summer, and a dozen people are crowded around a picnic table at the el bar in fishtown. with their horn-rimmed glasses, hand-rolled cigarettes and lukewarm pbrs, they look like your standard-issue young hipsters. but here’s the difference between them and the men with manicured beards across the patio: these are card-carrying members of the democratic socialists of america, the largest socialist group in the nation.


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