Waves crash over the Kulluk oil rig, which washed aground on Sitkalidak Island, Alaska. Officials say aircraft have not spotted any signs of a fuel leak from the rig, which reportedly does not contain crude oil.
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The drilling rig Kulluk, seen here in 2010, is specially built to work in the Arctic Ocean. Its round shape deflects ice floating in the water.
Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 6:44 am
An oil drilling rig holding more than 150,000 gallons of diesel, lubricating oil, and hydraulic fluid has run aground near Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska, after it was being towed during a storm. The crew was evacuated before the rig was incapacitated.
"The rig ran aground in a storm, with waves up to 35 feet and wind to 70 miles per hour," reports Jeff Brady, on NPR's Newscast. The Shell Oil rig is "about 250 miles south of Anchorage," Jeff says.
Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 8:19 am
As the new year begins, we here at The Salt are looking back at the food topics that got you talking in 2012, and pondering which conversations will continue in 2013. (And, like many of you, we're also firmly swearing off the holiday cookies.) So, instead, feast your eyes on this roundup of our top stories from the past 12 months:
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House late Tuesday evening.
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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as legislation to negate a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts moves to the GOP-dominated House.
Originally published on Wed January 2, 2013 4:23 am
The House of Representatives voted 257-167 late Tuesday to pass a Senate-approved compromise deal that stops large tax increases for 99 percent of Americans, and delays massive spending cuts for two months.
The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law.
NPR's S.V. Date is reporting on the deal for our Newscast unit. Here's what he says:
"The eventual deal was hammered out by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. It passed the Senate with overwhelming, bipartisan support.
This New Year could mean a new cost for the craft store chain Hobby Lobby. The federal health care law requires employee insurance plans to cover emergency contraceptives. Hobby Lobby's owners did not want to do that. They say drugs commonly known by names like the morning-after pill are tantamount to abortion.
Now, the Supreme Court has turned aside Hobby Lobby's request to block the mandate. So, starting today, the company could be fined as much as $1.3 million per day for defying the law.
Michigan's Lake Superior State University issued its annual list of annoying expressions to banish. The list includes: trending, bucket list, kick the can down the road and spoiler alert. The top one to ban: fiscal cliff.
Democracy sure works in mysterious ways. In Seguin, Texas, a December city council election ended in a dead tie. Both candidates received 141 votes. So it was up to the mayor to settle things. The law gave him some options: drawing straws or tossing dice. He chose an old coin toss. The silver dollar landed, it was tails, and immediately Jeannette Crabb was sworn into a four-year term. She's coming to office with quite a mandate.
People celebrate the new year following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
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Fireworks illuminate the sky over the Marina Bay in Singapore during an eight-minute display.
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People release balloons during an annual ceremony produced by the Prince Park Tower hotel in Tokyo. More than 1,000 balloons were released, along with visitor's wishes.
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong.
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Fireworks are launched over Jakarta's main business road to mark the new year.
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People cheer following a count-down event at the Summer Palace in Beijing.
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Fireworks erupt over the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Sydney kicked off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013, from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time.
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French soldiers celebrate the New Year's Eve at Warehouse base in Kabul.
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Sri Lankan inmates at the Welikada prison pray during a religious ceremony. Over four thousand prisoners at one of the country's largest prisons invoked blessings and ushered in the new year by engaging in Buddhist rituals.
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Pope Benedict XVI prays in front of the Nativity in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. He marked the end of the year by saying that despite all the death and injustice in the world, goodness prevails.
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Fake money and coins along with small-scale homes are displayed at the Market of Wishes in Lima, Peru. As part of their New Year's traditions, Peruvians buy miniature representations of the things they desire to acquire in the coming year.
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Dachshunds and their owners parade in Key West, Fla., during the Key West Dachshund Walk. The annual New Year's Eve tradition attracted almost 200 of the short-legged, long-bodied canines.
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Cheerleaders take part in the New Year's Day parade in central London on January 1, 2013.
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Maurizio Palmulli of Italy dives into Rome's Tiber River, continuing an annual tradition which dates back to 1946.
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South Korean singer PSY performs with US singer MC Hammer during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square in New York.
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People write "2013" with sparklers as they celebrate the New Year at the shore of the Gulf of Finland in the city of Zelenogorsk.
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Austrian conductor Franz Welser-Moest and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra perform the traditional New Year's Concert on January 1, 2013, at the music association in Vienna.
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People celebrate the New Year in front of St. Basil's Cathedral on Moscow's Red Square.
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People wait before the countdown to the New Year near the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. Some 50,000 people were expected to gather for the city's first ever public countdown to the New Year and fireworks.
Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 10:46 am
Some people choose to celebrate the arrival of the new year by staying home with a good book and cup of hot tea. Others go out to party, cheer, and bring in the year with as much fanfare as possible. (And of course, those are the people who tend to get photographed...)
Here's a look at how some folks around the world celebrated the arrival of 2013 — some with quiet moments, and some with as much revelry as possible.
And to all readers of The Picture Show, we wish a very happy new year to you.
Rounding out the holiday season, Kwanza comes to an end today. It's the only official African-American holiday, and it began at the height of the 1960s black nationalist movement, just one year after Malcolm X was assassinated and the Watts riots ripped through Los Angeles. But the generation that helped create Kwanzaa is growing older, and the holiday doesn't seem to hold the same significance for many younger African-Americans.
The past year has seen more debate about the best way to find breast cancers.
A recent analysis concluded that regular mammograms haven't reduced the rate of advanced breast cancers — but they have led more than a million women to be diagnosed with tumors that didn't need to be treated.