Fire at LNG terminal in Texas jolts residents, fuel markets
NEW YORK (AP) — An explosion at a liquefied natural gas terminal in Texas has left nearby residents rattled and is taking a substantial amount of the fuel off the market at a time when global demand i[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
L.L. Bean sees sales boom amid pandemic's push to outdoors
Bean saw the best sales in nearly a decade during pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)FREEPORT, Maine – With Americans hunkering down and hankering to get outdoors during the pandemic, L.L. Bean recorded its best annual sales growth in nearly a decade, the company said Friday. During the pandemic, L.L. Bean closed all of its stores for 100 days but online and catalog sales remained strong.
Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Wagner said scientists need to figure out if the rate of the insect loss is bigger than with other species. Insects “are absolutely the fabric by which Mother Nature and the tree of life are built,” Wagner said. Scientists have identified 1 million insect species, while probably 4 million more are still to be discovered, Berenbaum said. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Susan Collins is apparent winner in Maine Senate race against Sara Gideon
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, and Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, right, who are running in the Nov. 3, 2020, election to represent Maine in the U.S. Senate. Maine GOP Sen. Susan Collins is the apparent winner of her reelection fight against state House Speaker Sara Gideon, according to NBC News. Read more: Susan Collins struggles to change the subject from Brett Kavanaugh in Maine Senate raceAfter Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pledged to seat Ginsburg's replacement before Election Day, Collins broke with the party and said she opposed such a hurried timeline. Gideon outspent Collins dramatically, dropping about $50 million on her bid to deny Collins a fifth term. Trump is projected to lose the presidential race in Maine to former Vice President Joe Biden, NBC News is projecting.cnbc.com
Deadly microbe water warning lifted for all but 1 Texas city
LAKE JACKSON, Texas – Texas officials on Saturday lifted a warning for all but one Houston-area community to stop using tap water because it might be tainted with a deadly brain-eating microbe. The authority initially warned eight communities not to use tap water for any reason except to flush toilets, but on Saturday it lifted that warning for all communities but Lake Jackson. The advisory will remain in place until the authority's water system has been thoroughly flushed and tests on water samples show the system's water is again safe to use. The authority said in a statement that it was unclear how long it would be before the tap water was again safe. The contamination of U.S. treated public water systems by the microbe is rare but not unheard of.
With primary win, Gideon reaps $3.7M more for Collins fight
House Speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, greets news media near a polling station, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. The fund was created for Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins eventual challenger during the Senate fight over Brett Kavanaughs Supreme Court confirmation in 2018. Creators of the fund said it would be turned over if Collins voted to confirm Presidential Donald Trump's controversial appointee. With the additional funding, Gideons fundraising haul will approach $27 million, compared to Collins $16.2 million.
Democrat Gideon wins primary, will face GOP Sen Collins
House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, speaks to news media near a polling station, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Portland, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. Gideon, whos raised a staggering $23 million in her Senate bid, turned back challenges by activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman. Gideon raised $9 million in the last quarter, extending her fundraising advantage over Collins. Democrats need to gain at least three seats to capture Senate control.
Masks at the ready: Gov. J.B. Pritzkers modified stay-at-home order kicks in Friday amid legal and political pushback
Were staying the course here on making sure were keeping an eye on the health and safety of every Illinoisan, wherever they live, whether they live in far southern Illinois in Cairo or in Vienna or live in Freeport or Rockford and everywhere in between, Pritzker said. And guess what, just because they dont live in Chicago or Cook County or the collar counties doesnt mean that people are not in danger.chicagotribune.com
US aims to lease space in emergency oil stockpile, after buying plan canceled, sources say
A maze of crude oil pipe and equipment is seen with the American and Texas flags flying in the background at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas. The plan is a change of tack from the initial scheme, which would have had the Department of Energy (DOE) purchase crude from domestic drillers using federal funds. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve has 77 million barrels of free capacity, a little less than the country uses in four days. It currently holds about 635 million barrels of oil in salt caverns on the Texas and Louisiana coasts. The country's flagship physical crude oil grade traded at about $10 a barrel, the lowest in more than two decades, earlier this week.cnbc.com
Bahamas holiday festival lifting spirits months after Hurricane Dorian
Freeport, Bahamas As Hurricane Dorian battered Grand Bahama in September, Tamar Stuart and his partner Keyon Morris scrambled to save their family. "I was just thinking, praying, save my kids," Morris said. Days later, they returned to find little left to salvage. That's why Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, with the non-profit Convoy of Hope, are importing a four day holiday festival. Tamar Stuart and Keyon Morris left the wonderland, arms filled with toys and groceries and their hearts with joy and gratitude.cbsnews.com
Humberto is now a hurricane, moves away from Bahamas
FREEPORT, Bahamas - The Bahamas missed the brunt of Tropical Storm Humberto, which became a hurricane early Monday. Humberto is moving away from the Bahamas and was about 210 miles (335 km) northwest of Great Abaco Island and 170 miles (270 km) east of Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm is forecast to continue moving away from the Bahamas and remain well offshore of Florida's east coast through Wednesday, the center said. Fears of a second stormThere was concern about what Humberto would bring to the Bahamas, where hundreds are still missing after the Category 5 Hurricane Dorian hit the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama. The islands did get some rain, Van Dam said, but did not get Humberto's full impact.
Tentative list of the missing in Bahamas has 2,500 names
An estimated 2,500 people are listed as missing in the Bahamas in Hurricane Dorians aftermath, the government said Wednesday. But it cautioned that the names had yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters. Carl Smith, a spokesman for the countrys National Emergency Management Agency, said he expected the list to shrink as the names are checked. He said the Bahamas would hold a national day of prayer, and named hurricane response coordinators for the two most-affected islands. While power has returned to much of Grand Bahama, Smith said the electrical infrastructure around Marsh Harbour, Abacos largest city, was destroyed.latimes.com
Airport on Grand Bahama 'debris field' after Hurricane Dorian
The international airport at Freeport in the Bahamas Airport suffered substantial damage from Hurricane Dorian. The Grand Bahama International Airport has been devastated by the storm, along with much of the island where it's located. A walk through that same area on Wednesday exposed the scope of damage to the only international airport on the island. Officials at that time had not yet assessed the airport's international terminal, they told CNN. By Thursday, the Grand Bahama runway had been cleared of debris, residents told Oppmann, but it was still unclear when the airport would reopen.
Billionaire Chris Cline among 7 killed in helicopter crash off the Bahamas
A helicopter crashed off the Bahamas Thursday, killing all seven people on board, a Bahamian official confirmed to CBS News. Jim Justice tweeted that one of the victims was Chris Cline, who the Register-Herald newspaper in Beckley, West Virginia, described as a "billionaire mining entrepreneur," ''coal tycoon" and "benefactor to southern West Virginia." Chris Cline built an empire and on every occasion was always there to give. Billionaire Chris Cline in undated photo provided by his alma mater, Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; Cline was killed in a helicopter crash off the Bahamas on the 4th of July, 2019 Marshall UniversityCline went to Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Chris's generosity to our research and athletics programs has made a mark on Marshall University and our students for many years to come.cbsnews.com