Thursday’s Mini-Report, 2.11.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Porter Ranch: “The gas well above Porter Ranch that has been leaking since October has been temporarily capped, Southern California Gas Company said Thursday. Thousands of households have been relocated after residents complained of ailments they believe are linked to the natural gas leak at the utility’s Aliso Canyon facility.”
 
* All clear in Oregon: “The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered Thursday morning after hours of tense negotiations, bringing an end to the weeks long protest over land rights and personal liberties.”
 
* The final vote was 96 to 0: “The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed legislation that would impose mandatory sanctions on North Korea, in a bid aimed at forcing the international community to retaliate more strongly against the rogue nation after a series of worrisome moves.”
 
* Zika virus: “Pregnant women in South and Latin America who contract Zika, a rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus linked to severe birth defects and deformities in babies, should not have access to abortion, Republican House leaders said Wednesday.”
 
* Cabinet: “President Obama is slated to nominate John B. King Jr. to officially lead the Department of Education, where he has served as acting secretary since the start of the year, according to several people familiar with the decision.”
 
* Putin’s Russia: “A prominent Russian human rights organization was ordered shut Wednesday by a regional court, potentially silencing one more voice in a continued Russian crackdown on independent civil society.”
 
* That’s really not good: “The FBI arrested 46 current and former correctional officers from the Georgia Department of Corrections system at at least eight different state institutions, two federal law enforcement officials said Thursday. The officers are alleged to take bribes to deliver drugs outside of the prisons, according to the officials.”
 
* He’s really something, isn’t he? “Maine’s Republican Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday he would forgo the state’s nomination process in selecting a new education commissioner and instead lead the Department of Education’s dealings with the Legislature.”
 
* Nicely done, Einstein: “The sound of two black holes colliding arrived as a faint chirp lasting just a fifth of a second on waves of gravity sent across the universe. And it was music to the ears of scientists. The message from space that Albert Einstein foretold a century ago has been delivered – 1.3 billion years after it was sent.”
 
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Thursday's Mini-Report, 2.11.16