Massive California oil spill threatens wildlife and closes beaches

Excavators dredge sand to block some of the oil from flowing into Huntington Beach.
Excavators dredge sand to block some of the oil from flowing into Huntington Beach. (Ariana Drehsler/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Cleanup efforts are underway off the coast of Southern California after a 17-mile pipeline leaked 3,111 barrels — or 127,000 gallons — of crude oil in the ocean, and devastated some local wildlife.

The leak, reported Saturday about 5 miles off the coast of Huntington Beach in Orange County, appears to have stopped, officials said. Meanwhile, divers are inspecting the 17-mile pipeline to find the exact source of the spill.

Here’s what we know so far about the oil spill:

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Three Killed and Two Wounded in Explosion Outside a Mosque in Kabul

An explosion outside a mosque in the center of Kabul killed at least three people on Sunday, a Taliban spokesman said, underscoring the challenge of maintaining security for the country’s new rulers after decades of waging war.

The blast struck around 3:30 p.m. outside the Eid Gah mosque in central Kabul during funerary prayers for the mother of a high-ranking Taliban official, said Qari Sayeed Khosti, a spokesman for the minister of interior. At least two people were also wounded in the attack.

“I heard a huge blast,” said Hasibullah, 45, a Kabul resident who was on his way to

Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Shoes

Fashion Week is back in full force, and there’s a lot to see. Blink (or scroll too fast on Instagram) and you’ll miss the details: tiny bags, tall shoes, feathered hats, leather capes and diamond dog collars. So as part of a new series, Wow Moment, we’ll spotlight things we saw on the runways that delighted or mystified us.

PARIS — Yes, we know that line from “The Devil Wears Prada,” sneered by Meryl Streep and shared into oblivion for the last 15 years on social media: “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”

But you must hand it to designers: They still