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February 3, 2016

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Criminal Charges Filed Over Massive Gas Leak In California
Criminal Charges Filed Over Massive Gas Leak In California
February 3, 2016

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced criminal charges against the Southern California company that owns a well that continues to leak massive amounts of methane into the atmosphere, displacing thousands of residents.

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey charged the Southern California Gas Co. with four misdemeanors, three related to the release of hazardous materials, and one for discharging air contaminants.

According to Lacey's office, if convicted SoCal Gas could face $25,000 a day "for each day it failed to notify the California Office of Emergency Services." The company could also face $1,000 per day fines for for air pollution violations, Lacey announced.

SoCal Gas did not immediately respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment.
At one point, the leak was spewing so much gas that it accounted for a quarter of California's entire methane emissions.

The leak was initially spewing about 100,000 pounds of methane per hour. More recently, however, output has fallen to about 40,000 pounds per hour.

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First U.S. Case Of Sexually Transmitted Zika Confirmed In Texas
First U.S. Case Of Sexually Transmitted Zika Confirmed In Texas
February 3, 2016

Dallas health officials announced Tuesday the first case of Zika virus had been identified in the United States and was sexually transmitted. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the infection, but have not yet confirmed the mode of transmission.

An unnamed Dallas County patient contracted the virus after having sex with someone who had recently returned to the United States from a trip to Venezuela, according to reports.

"Now that we know Zika virus can be transmitted through sex, this increases our awareness campaign in educating the public about protecting themselves and others," Zachary Thompson, the director of Dallas County Health and Human services, said in a statement. "Next to abstinence, condoms are the best prevention method against any sexually transmitted infections."

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300 plumbers installed free faucets and water filters for Flint residents
300 plumbers installed free faucets and water filters for Flint residents
February 3, 2016

Around 300 union plumbers in Flint, Michigan, spent part of the weekend installing new faucets and water filters for residents of the city whose water supply is poisoned by toxic levels of lead.

Lead has filled the water supply since 2014, when the city began to get its water from the Flint River. Children have since developed high levels of lead in their blood, and Flint residents have been unable to access clean water.

That's where the plumbers came in. Some Flint residents couldn't use filters provided by the state government because their faucets were too old to be compatible with them. The Plumbing Manufacturers International union members bypassed the problem with free installations of both.

The filters won't be enough for every home, as the lead flowing through the pipes in some homes is too much for them to handle. But for many, the filters should provide drinkable water.

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Blizzard blasts central U.S., severe storms hit South
Blizzard blasts central U.S., severe storms hit South
February 3, 2016

A powerful blizzard hit the central Plains on Tuesday, closing major roads and schools, halting flights at several airports and knocking out power to thousands of residents.

On the warmer side of the system, areas from southern Illinois and Indiana to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were dealing with severe weather.

Several tornadoes were reported in Mississippi, including one near Newton, Miss., where there were reports of damage to homes, and another near Collinsville, where a church was heavily damaged and mobile homes were flipped over.

Cities such as Nashville and Birmingham, Ala., were at greatest risk for severe weather through the evening, the Climate Prediction Center said.

A tornado watch remained in effect Tuesday afternoon for portions of the mid-Mississippi Valley. That means conditions are ripe for twisters to form.

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February 2, 2016

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Ted Cruz Wins Iowa Republican Caucus
Ted Cruz Wins Iowa Republican Caucus
February 2, 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is the winner of the 2016 Iowa Republican caucus, according to NBC, ABC and Fox.

Cruz was trailing businessman Donald Trump in a poll released by the Des Moines Register on Saturday. In the days before the caucuses, the Texas senator stumped in Iowa with such famous faces as conservative host Glenn Beck, Family Leader president Bob Vander Plaats and Iowa Rep. Steve King (R).

Cruz has had to defend his eligibility for the presidency in recent weeks after Trump questioned him about being born in Canada. (Cruz was born to U.S. citizens and is legally able to run for president of the United States.)

Cruz was the first person to announce his candidacy in the 2016 presidential race, way back in March 2015, on the five-year anniversary of Obamacare becoming law.

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Brazil Warns Pregnant Women Against Attending Olympic Games Amid Zika Outbreak
Brazil Warns Pregnant Women Against Attending Olympic Games Amid Zika Outbreak
February 2, 2016

Brazil will not call off the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the Zika virus outbreak, but pregnant women should not travel to the event, the president's chief of staff said Monday.

"The risk, which I would say is serious, is for pregnant women," Jaques Wagner, chief of staff to President Dilma Rousseff, told reporters on Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control last month warned pregnant women from traveling to areas experiencing an outbreak of the virus.

Despite the warnings, Wagner said those who are not pregnant should not be afraid to attend the games when they go on as scheduled in August.

"We have to explain to those coming to Brazil, the athletes, that there is zero risk if you are not a pregnant woman," Wagner said.

The warning came on the same day the World Health Organization officially declared the outbreak a global health emergency. The virus, which may cause mild flu-like symptoms in some people, has been linked to birth defects, miscarriage, and stillborn infants. There is no vaccine or cure.

The International Olympic Committee has not commented on the crisis.

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Recaptured inmates returned to Orange County jail
Recaptured inmates returned to Orange County jail
February 2, 2016

The last two inmates captured following a daring escape from a Southern California jail were returned Sunday in shackles to the scene of the crime.

Video posted by the Orange County Sheriff's Department showed the men, dressed in orange jumpsuits, lurching out of a sedan and trudging up to the county jail in Santa Ana.

Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, were taken into custody Saturday in San Francisco, eight days after they vanished from the prison with fellow escapee, Bac Duong, 43. He surrendered Friday.

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has pledged to determine how the men managed to cut through a steel vent grill, make their way through plumbing tunnels and ductwork to the roof, then cut through razor wire and rapel to freedom.

"We do not want another escape from an Orange County jail," Hutchens said.

The manhunt was gaining little traction until Duong walked into a Santa Ana auto shop and gave himself up. He told police he had spent time with the others in San Jose, and alerts were quickly broadcast in San Jose and San Francisco.

Tieu and Nayeri were captured after someone recognized the van that Duong test-drove then stole from a craigslist seller, authorities said.

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Private Gun Sales Restricted On Facebook, Instagram
Private Gun Sales Restricted On Facebook, Instagram
February 2, 2016

Facebook on Friday announced that it will no longer allow its users to conduct private firearms sales on its platform. The prohibition extends to Instagram as well.

"Today we are updating our policies for managing regulated goods to prohibit people from using Facebook to offer and coordinate private sales of firearms. This policy already prohibits people from offering marijuana, pharmaceuticals, and illegal drugs for sale," a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "This policy update focuses on private or 'peer-to-peer' sales of weapons, not weapons that are being sold in stores or off Facebook through online, licensed retailers."

In other words, the crackdown effects only sales between private citizens. Licensed firearm retailers can continue to promote their wares on Facebook, as long as sales are conducted off the platform. The move comes as Facebook becomes increasingly more commerce friendly. The company introduced money transfer functionality in Messenger last year.

Previously, Facebook's terms of service stipulated that, "Ads and Sponsored Stories may not promote firearms, ammunition, paintball guns, bb guns, fireworks, explosives, pepper spray, knives, tasers, or weapons of any kind, including those used for self-defense. Ads and Sponsored Stories may not directly or indirectly link to landing pages where users can purchase any of these products." It did not mention private groups, pages, or private messages.

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