Oil spill shuts down busy Gulf waterway as cleanup continues -
The canal linking the biggest petrochemical port in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico remained closed on Sunday as workers attempted to contain a spill that occurred when a barge carrying almost 1 million gallons of thick, sticky oil collided with a ship near Houston.
Since the collision on Saturday, the barge has leaked an unknown amount of bunker oil — a tarry, heavy fuel used in Marine vessels — into the Houston Shipping Channel, though officials have said their maximum estimate is 168,000 gallons.
The channel remained shut Monday to contain the environmental damage and prevent additional collisions, according to the Coast Guard, which told The Associated Press there was no timetable in place to reopen the key port as it continued to call in containment facilities. Earlier, the Coast Guard told Reuters the port could be closed through March 29 or longer.
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Lights out! We set up a time lapse camera to record how 100 kids and parents got comfortable for the good night in the Rotunda for our first-ever Archives Sleepover. (Hint: inflatable mattresses make a marble floor more bearable.)
The case in the middle contains the Constitution, while the Declaration of Independence to the left and the Bill of Rights is on the right.
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There we are! Just below the the image of Gouverneur Morris in the Faulkner Murals. (Gouverneur Morris is notable for having a wooden pegleg in the mural - but stories vary on how he lost his leg.)
We cannot emphasize enough the need for an inflatable mattress. Or two.
This is kind of weird, right?
In 2014, Latinos will surpass whites as largest racial/ethnic group in California -
Guns hurt or kill 10,000 children in the U.S. each year: study
(Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images)
School shootings unnerve Americans, but the number of children injured or killed in those tragic events is just a fraction of the young people harmed by firearms each year in the United States, a new study finds.
Slate's map of where taxpayer-funded schools teach creationism is downright depressing.
As you can see there’s a full infestation of inanity in Tennessee and Louisiana.
An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
The findings are laid out in a 238-page report, scheduled for release by Thursday and obtained by The New York Times, that represent the first major public statement by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which Congress made an independent agency in 2007 and only recently became fully operational.
The report is likely to inject a significant new voice into the debate over surveillance, underscoring that the issue was not settled by a high-profile speech President Obama gave last week. Mr. Obama consulted with the board, along with a separate review group that last month delivered its own report about surveillance policies. But while he said in his speech that he was tightening access to the data and declared his intention to find a way to end government collection of the bulk records, he said the program’s capabilities should be preserved.
The Obama administration has portrayed the bulk collection program as useful and lawful while at the same time acknowledging concerns about privacy and potential abuse. But in its report, the board lays out what may be the most detailed critique of the government’s once-secret legal theory behind the program: that a law known as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the F.B.I. to obtain business records deemed “relevant” to an investigation, can be legitimately interpreted as authorizing the N.S.A. to collect all calling records in the country.
The program “lacks a viable legal foundation under Section 215, implicates constitutional concerns under the First and Fourth Amendments, raises serious threats to privacy and civil liberties as a policy matter, and has shown only limited value,” the report said. “As a result, the board recommends that the government end the program.” — Watchdog Report Says N.S.A. Program Is Illegal and Should End - NYTimes.com (via dendroica)
"Time for some traffic problems on the internet"