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Coast Guard: Ship Dragged California Oil Pipeline

Investigators believe a 366-meter (1,200-foot) cargo ship dragging anchor in rough seas caught an underwater oil pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor, months before a leak from the line fouled the southern California coastline with crude.

A team of federal investigators trying to chase down the cause of the spill boarded the Panama-registered MSC DANIT just hours after the massive ship arrived this weekend off the Port of Long Beach, the same area where the leak was discovered in early October.

During a prior visit by the ship during a heavy storm in January, investigators believe its anchor dragged for an unknown distance before striking the 41-centimeter steel pipe, Coast Guard Lt. j.g. SondraKay Kneen said Sunday. 

The impact would have knocked a 2.5 centimeter-thick (one-inch) concrete casing off the pipe and pulled it more than 30 meters (98 feet), bending but not breaking the line, Kneen said. 

Still undetermined is whether the impact caused the October leak, or if the line was hit by something else at a later date or failed due to a preexisting problem, Kneen said.

“We’re still looking at multiple vessels and scenarios,” she said.

The Coast Guard on Saturday designated the owner and operator as parties of interest in its investigation into the spill, estimated to have released about 94,635 liters (25,00 gallons) of crude into the water, killing birds, fish and mammals.

The accident just a few kilometers off Los Angeles’ Huntington Beach fouled beaches and wetlands and led to temporary closures for cleanup work. While not as bad as initially feared, it has reignited the debate over offshore drilling in federal waters in the Pacific, where hundreds of kilometers of pipelines were installed decades ago.

The DANIT’s operator, MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, is headquartered in Switzerland and has a fleet of 600 vessels and more than 100,000 workers, according to the company. 

MSC representatives did not immediately respond to email messages seeking comment. A security guard reached by telephone at the company’s headquarters in Geneva said it was closed until Monday.

The vessel’s owner, identified by the Coast Guard as Dordellas Finance Corporation, could not be reached for comment. 

The DANIT arrived in Long Beach this weekend after voyaging from China, according to marine traffic monitoring websites.

The investigation into what caused the spill could lead to criminal charges or civil penalties, but none have been announced yet, and Kneen said the probe could continue for months.

Attorneys for MSC and Dordellas will have the chance to examine and cross-examine the government’s witnesses in the case and also to call their own witnesses, according to the Coast Guard. The investigation includes the National Transportation Safety Board and other agencies.

Kneen declined to say if any damage was found to an anchor on the DANIT after a team of at least five investigators spent much of Saturday aboard the ship.

At least two other vessels were previously boarded by investigators, who are examining logs kept by the ships’ captains, officers and engineers and voyage data recorders — equivalent to the so-called black box on airplanes.

In response to the new focus on the DANIT, the Houston-based owner of the damaged pipeline, Amplify Energy, thanked the Coast Guard for its continued work on the case.

Amplify representatives have not directly responded to questions about an hours long delay between an alarm indicating a potential problem with the pipeline and the company reporting the leak to federal authorities.

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Угорщина: на праймеріз опозиції перемагає мер провінційного міста

Пітер Маркі-Зай – практикуючий католик і батько семи дітей – заявляв, що тільки він може завоювати симпатії як лівих виборців, так і консерваторів

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Особистий лікар: моральне самопочуття Саакашвілі хороше, але йому важко ходити

«Лікарі повинні сказати, що робити далі»», вважає Ніколоз Кіпшидзе

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Курдський журналіст зняв відео, на якому мігранти штурмують білорусько-польський кордон

Уряд Польщі ухвалив законопроєкт про будівництво посиленого паркану на кордоні з Білоруссю, зараз там встановлено тимчасову огорожу з колючого дроту

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Russian Actor and Director Making 1st Movie in Space Back on Earth

A Russian actor and a film director making the first move film in space returned to Earth on Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote area outside the western Kazakhstan at 07:35 a.m. (0435 GMT), the Russian space agency Roscosmos said. 

The crew had dedocked from the ISS three hours earlier.

Russian state TV footage showed the reentry capsule descending under its parachute above the vast Kazakh steppe, followed by ground personnel assisting the smiling crew as they emerged from the capsule.

However, Peresild, who is best known for her role in the 2015 film “Battle for Sevastopol,” said she had been sorry to leave the ISS.

“I’m in a bit of a sad mood today,” the 37-year-old actor told Russian Channel One after the landing.

“That’s because it had seemed that 12 days was such a long period of time, but when it was all over, I didn’t want to bid farewell,” she said.

Last week 90-year-old U.S. actor William Shatner – Captain James Kirk of “Star Trek” fame – became the oldest person in space aboard a rocketship flown by billionaire Jeff Bezos’s company Blue Origin.

Peresild and Shipenko have been sent to Russian Star City, the home of Russia’s space program on the outskirts of Moscow for their post-flight recovery which will take about a week, Roscosmos said.

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Узбекистан проводить переговори з талібами про співпрацю в сферах торгівлі та безпеки

Іншим важливим питанням було будівництво залізниці з Узбекистану до Пакистану, яка проходить через афганську територію

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Bill Clinton Released from Southern California Hospital 

Bill Clinton was released Sunday from the Southern California hospital where he had been treated for an infection. 

The former president was released around 8 a.m. from the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Clinton, 75, was admitted Tuesday to the hospital southeast of Los Angeles with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, officials said. 

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña had said Saturday that Clinton would remain hospitalized one more night to receive further intravenous antibiotics. But all health indicators were “trending in the right direction,” Ureña said.

“President Clinton has continued to make excellent progress over the past 24 hours,” Ureña said. 

Hillary Clinton has been with her husband at the hospital and accompanied him as he left Sunday.

President Joe Biden said Friday night that he had spoken to Bill Clinton, and the former president “sends his best.” 

“He’s doing fine; he really is,” Biden said during remarks at the University of Connecticut. 

Clinton, 75, was admitted on Tuesday with an infection unrelated to COVID-19, Ureña said. 

“He is in great spirits and has been spending time with family, catching up with friends, and watching college football,” said Ureña’s Saturday statement.

An aide to the former president said Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream, but he is on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition.

The aide, who spoke to reporters at the hospital on the condition his name wasn’t used, said Clinton was in an intensive care section of the hospital but wasn’t receiving ICU care. 

In the years since Clinton left the White House in 2001, the former president has faced health scares. In 2004, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery after experiencing prolonged chest pains and shortness of breath. He returned to the hospital for surgery for a partially collapsed lung in 2005, and in 2010 he had a pair of stents implanted in a coronary artery.

He responded by embracing a largely vegan diet that saw him lose weight and report improved health.

Clinton repeatedly returned to the stump, campaigning for Democratic candidates, most notably Hillary Clinton during her failed 2008 bid for the presidential nomination. And in 2016, as Hillary Clinton sought the White House as the Democratic nominee, her husband — by then a grandfather and nearing 70 — returned to the campaign trail.

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В зоні бойових дій три обстріли за добу, без втрат – штаб

Порушення реижиму тиші фіксували поблизу Луганського, Талаківки та Кримського