FROM Jennifer Oldham
The Bakken Bust? In a very short time, the State of North Dakota surpassed Alaska as America's second-largest producer of oil. That was when the price was on the rise. Now it's on the decline. Photo by J Stephen Conn "For most of the past decade, North Dakota [was] the economic envy of every state in America." Now, it's in trouble because of something officials never expected: a severe drop in the price of oil. That's according to Jennifer Oldham, writing for Bloomberg .
Fires Blaze in East Valley and Porter Ranch Major fires have been burning all day in the San Fernando Valley, risking lives and property, causing evacuations, massive traffic jams and extensive air pollution.
LAX, Terrorist Plots and Airport Security British police have now arrested 24 people in a plot to blow up 10 planes bound for the US , causing what one official called "mass murder on an unimaginable scale." On CNN, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff agreed it was the biggest threat to this country since September 11. The discovery, which has American airports on "high" alert, includes LAX , where five airlines operate 20 daily non-stops to and from London-Heathrow. There's no evidence that LA-bound planes were targeted, but Mayor Villaraigosa calls it "a target of opportunity" and confirms a "clear and rapid response" today at all levels of government, indicating that that the city was prepared. New security measures instituted today will mean long lines and require early arrivals. No liquids will be allowed in carry-on baggage because they might be components of explosives. We get details of how the latest reported conspiracy will disrupt travel plans at the height of vacation season.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.