Markets Insider reports Oregon utility company Portland General Electric fell 16% on Thursday. Investors fled after the company acknowledged unconfirmed reports that some of its electrical equipment may have contributed to the Santiam fire. The Santiam wildfire is just one hour southeast of Portland. It's spread to 159,000 acres and forced thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.
Hundreds of firefighters battled two large wildfires around Portland's suburbs on Friday.
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[NFA] Around half a million people in Oregon were ordered to evacuate on Friday and residents of its largest city, Portland, were told to be ready to go as extreme wind-driven wildfires scorched U.S. West Coast states. This report produced by Jillian Kitchener.
Protests continued Sunday night across the United States but the flare-ups in violence and police clashes were largely absent, though 15 protesters were arrested in Portland. Conway G. Gittens reports.
As if pregnant women don't have enough to worry about already, the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting them with even more challenges. Unsettling new research published by the CDC found that women who develop symptoms related to COVID-19 while hospitalized often become critically ill. According to Gizmodo, the study from the CDC also found women with COVID-19 may be more likely to have a preterm birth or possibly even miscarriage. About 12% of women with COVID-19 had a premature delivery.
A new Senate report finds an estimated 85 million are late in one week. According to Gizmodo the report finds there had been nearly a 20 percent drop in on-time deliveries. The report was prepared by Democratic staff on the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. It describes a significant decline in the percentage of mail delivered on time in each of the postal service’s 67 districts. The reports blame controversial changes ordered by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy for the delays.
Deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in America skyrocketed over the course of 2020. However, the US Department of Health and Human Services routinely tried to muzzle what information health officials released to the public. Gizmodo reports HHS staffers made repeated attempts to water down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.
QAnon supporters are far-right extremists who believe President Donald Trump is battling a covert, widespread cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles. The conspiracy theory later blew up on Facebook and other social media platforms, and has been promoted even by Trump and members of his inner circle. But according to Gizmodo, one of the internet’s largest hub of Qanon conspiracy theorists, QMap, abruptly went dark this week. An investigation by Logically.
A trio of new studies seem to push back the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. Two of the studies suggest that COVID-19 was spreading locally in Washington State in late January. Another suggests it was sickening people in Los Angeles last December. Gizmodo reports these estimates are at least weeks before it was clearly documented in the U.S. As the authors acknowledge, there’s simply no way to tell how many cases were here earlier than we thought.
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[NFA] U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday defended his office's intervention in a defamation lawsuit by a woman who accused President Donald Trump of raping her, when it moved the case to federal court and sought to install its own lawyers to replace Trump's private legal team. This report produced by Jonah Green.
The Justice Department, which has been conducting an antitrust investigation of Alphabet Inc's Google, plans to bring a lawsuit against Google as soon as this month, according to two sources familiar with the probe, who said the focus remains on search and advertising. Conway G. Gittens reports.