Cleanup boats on scene of large Gulf oil spill following Ida

By MICHAEL BIESECKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Saturday that cleanup crews are responding to a sizable oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico following Hurricane Ida. The spill, which is ongoing, appears to be coming from a source underwater at an offshore drilling lease about two miles (three kilometers) south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The reported location is near the site of a miles-long brown and black oil slick visible in aerial photos first published Wednesday by The Associated Press. So far, the growing oil slick appears to have remained out to sea and has not impacted the Louisiana shoreline. Coast Guard spokesman Lt. John Edwards… Read More

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Smoke-filled smog from wildfires will hurt Bay Area air quality this weekend

Air quality across the Bay Area will be moderate through the weekend due to a blend of vehicle exhaust, high inland temperatures and smoke from ongoing Northern California wildfires. The air quality index in every Bay Area region will hover around the 50s and 60s, signaling moderate conditions. An air quality index is moderate if it’s within 51 and 100, and the air becomes unhealthy for sensitive groups if the index rises past that. Air quality officials have issued a “spare the air” smog alert for Sunday, in addition to an air quality smoke advisory through Monday. Exhaust from vehicles combines with wildfire smoke to create unhealthy ozone, or smog,… Read More

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Navy declares 5 missing sailors dead after helicopter crash

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy declared five missing sailors dead nearly a week after a helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean, shifting the search for them to a recovery operation on Saturday. The move followed more than 72 hours of coordinated rescue efforts and nearly three dozen search and rescue flights to look for the wreckage, the Navy’s Pacific fleet said in a Saturday statement. The names of the sailors were being withheld until their next of kin have been notified. Also injured on Tuesday were five other sailors who were on board the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier where the MH-60S helicopter was operating on the deck… Read More

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Over 24 hours in Kabul, brutality, trauma, moments of grace

By TAMEEM AKHGAR, MATTHEW LEE, LOLITA C. BALDOR, RAHIM FAIEZ and CALVIN WOODWARD Bone-tired like everyone else in Kabul, Taliban fighters spent the last moments of the 20-year Afghanistan war watching the night skies for the flares that would signal the United States was gone. From afar, U.S. generals watched video screens with the same anticipation. Relief washed over the war’s winners and the losers when the final U.S. plane took off. For those in between and left behind — possibly a majority of the allied Afghans who sought U.S. clearance to escape — fear spread about what comes next, given the Taliban’s history of ruthlessness and repression of women.… Read More

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Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch on Sunday-Monday

Sunday TV/Radio Baseball A’s at Blue Jays 10 a.m. NBCCA 960 Astros at Padres 1 p.m. MLB Dodgers at Giants 4 p.m. ESPN 680 Boxing PBC: Davis vs. McGregor 3 p.m. FS1 PBC: Ramos Jr. vs. Mendoza 5 p.m. FOX College football Jackson St. at Florida A&M noon ESPN2 Grambling St. at Tennessee St. 1 p.m. NFL Fort Valley State at Tuskegee 4 p.m. ESPNU Notre Dame at Florida State 4:30 p.m. ABC Football CFL: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan 3 p.m. ESPNEWS Golf Solheim Cup: Day 2 4 a.m. GOLF Solheim Cup: Day 2 9 a.m. NBC PGA Tour Championship: Final 9 a.m. GOLF PGA Tour Championship: Final 10:30 a.m. NBC Solheim Cup: Day 2 10:30 a.m. GOLF Korn Ferry: Tour Championship 4 p.m. GOLF European Tour: Italian Open midnight GOLF Horse racing… Read More

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SF Giants tab Jay Jackson to make first career start vs. Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO — Following a dramatic 3-2, 11-inning win over the Dodgers that allowed the Giants to regain sole possession of first-place in the National League West, manager Gabe Kapler has called on right-hander Jay Jackson to make his first career start. Jackson has pitched in 52 career games over parts of three major league seasons, but Saturday’s game against Los Angeles will mark the first time he’s pitched in an “opener” role. The Giants likely won’t ask Jackson to record more than three-to-six outs, but he’ll draw the tough assignment of facing the top of a loaded Dodgers lineup that often features All-Star Trea Turner, MVP candidate Max Muncy… Read More

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