Canada's oil-industry implosion could affect Enbridge's Minnesota pipeline project
As Enbridge nears it goal of building a controversial $2.6 billion pipeline across northern Minnesota, Canada’s oil industry is imploding.The U.S. is the largest market for Canadian oil, and Enbridge’s corridor of six pipelines across Minnesota is its primary artery. Enbridge has spent years navigating Minnesota’s regulatory process to build a new pipeline to replace its deteriorating Line 3.The Canadian oil crisis opens the door for a last-ditch effort by Line 3 opponents to persuade the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to rethink its approval of the $2.6 billion project.“There is ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Washington state nonprofit files lawsuit saying Fox News misled viewers about coronavirus
SEATTLE — A little-known Washington nonprofit has filed a lawsuit against Fox News in King County Superior Court, claiming the news station, its parent companies and owners violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and acted in bad faith by disseminating false information about the novel coronavirus through its television news broadcasts and minimized the danger posed by the virus as COVID-19 began to explode into a pandemic.The suit, filed on behalf of the Washington League for Increased Transparency and Ethics (WASHLITE), alleges Fox News engaged in unfair or deceptive acts by representin...
The Seattle Times
Oprah Winfrey donates $10 million to support those facing food insecurity due to coronavirus
The Queen of All Media is the Queen of All Goodwill during the coronavirus crisis.Oprah Winfrey has revealed on Instagram that she’ll give a million-dollar donation to the charity America’s Food Fund, and $9 million will be distributed to various coronavirus relief organizations around the country.On Wednesday, the GoFundMe-powered nonprofit organization was established by Leonardo DiCaprio, Apple and the Ford Foundation, among others, and is focused on fighting food insecurity.DiCaprio and Powell Jobs together donated $5 million, one-third of the fund’s $15 million goal, with Apple contributi...
New York Daily News
Civil rights leaders to DeSantis: Don't allow state to withhold care from disabled
MIAMI — As fears of a catastrophic shortage or ventilators and other life-saving medical equipment loom, Florida’s federally funded watchdog for disabled people is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to ensure that, faced with unimaginable choices, doctors and hospitals don’t engage in “eugenics” as they ration care.Florida would not be the first state to develop guidelines for distributing respirators, beds and medication during a local or state shortage.Alabama, Kansas, Tennessee and Washington already have drawn the ire of civil rights groups that claim those states are adopting protocols that permit ...
How to talk to your landlord about rent if coronavirus closures have affected your paycheck
For many out-of-work Americans, the first of the month looms larger now than it did just four short weeks ago.Even if your landlord has announced rent cuts or is helping you cover the rent due, you may be wondering just what to do on the first of the month.You’re not alone. Two weeks ago, a record 3.28 million Americans filed unemployment claims, and the figures for last week are expected to be even higher.That number likely understates, by far, the number of people who have lost income as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.It’s hard to pin down just how many tenants won’t be able to make re...
The Seattle Times
Ann McFeatters: There is still time to save the census
You’re still reeling from how botched the federal government’s response to COVID-19 has been. You won’t believe how messed up the census is.The census, required by the Constitution every 10 years, is really, really important. It is used to figure out where federal funds go and where social services are needed. It affects your hometown and your neighborhood in vital ways such as how many schools, hospitals and fire departments are near you.Census data is used to apportion the seats of the House of Representatives, redraw congressional districts and help businesses set marketing strategies and g...
Tribune News Service
What it's like to be locked in prison during the coronavirus pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — At the Pike County, Pa., Correctional Facility, a contraband economy has sprung up around limited supplies of soap.Fights have broken out between prisoners in Montgomery County over phone time since the state prisons banned visitors.Inmate trustees in Schuylkill County have logged 12-hour shifts fulfilling thousands of commissary orders from peers stockpiling what they could before their detention center went into lockdown.And at least 180 immigration detainees in the York County Prison launched a hunger strike over the weekend.Though public health advocates, defense lawyers, an...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dieter Kurtenbach: Niners safety teams up with low-cost ventilator non-profit
Unless you’re a next-level Niners fan or a Purdue alum, you probably don’t know about 49ers safety Jake Thieneman.After all, he was an undrafted practice squad player who just finished his rookie season with the team after being signed in December.I cover the team and had not talked to him before this week.But I’m glad I was able to connect with him on the phone this past weekend, because you should know about what the 24-year-old is doing as he — like the rest of us — waits out the COVID-19 pandemic at his parents’ house in Indiana.He’s taken on a side-gig between basement workouts.The former...
The Mercury News
Nation and world news briefs
2 Capitol Police officers have tested positive for coronavirusWASHINGTON — Two Capitol Police officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, an incursion into the force that protects the U.S. Capitol complex, according to two sources familiar with the matter.On March 20, union head Gus Papathanasiou told Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund he has been flooded with inquiries from officers concerned about contracting the coronavirus. Unlike staffers and other employees who can work from home, many officers are required to maintain a physical presence around the grounds.Sund sent that e...
Tribune News Service
Cross-border smuggling tunnel discovered in San Diego; nearly $30 million worth of drugs seized
SAN DIEGO — Nearly $30 million worth of drugs was seized after a cross-border tunnel that runs from Tijuana to San Diego was found earlier in March, federal officials said Tuesday.The 2,000-foot-long tunnel was discovered on March 19 by law enforcement officers, with Mexican officers locating the tunnel entrance in Tijuana.Agents searched the San Diego warehouse where the tunnel ends after obtaining a federal search warrant and seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl inside the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune