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Christal Hayes


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Christal:

Why were Coast Guard, oil company slow to respond to California spill?

The Coast Guard and the company operating the pipeline that leaked up to 144,000 gallons of oil are facing intense scrutiny for a delayed responses. → Read More

Did an anchor strike the pipeline? Cause of California oil spill catastrophe could be determined today

Authorities are trying to determine what led to a pipeline breach that spilled more than 140,000 gallons of oil off the California coast. → Read More

Lack of COVID tests could jeopardize school safety; Americans getting vaccinated at low rates: Today's updates

Americans are getting vaccinated at the lowest rates yet this year. Unemployment claims rose for the third straight week. Latest COVID updates. → Read More

US surpasses 700K deaths; young children may be able to get vaccinated before Halloween: Today's COVID-19 updates

U.S. tops 700K deaths; Merck antiviral pill shows promising results.; Supreme Court declines to block NYC vaccine mandate for teachers. COVID updates → Read More

CDC director OKs boosters for 'everyday heroes'; federal contractors must be vaccinated by Dec. 8: COVID-19 updates

Federal contractors and subcontractors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8, the White House said Friday. COVID updates → Read More

Hospitals, nursing homes brace for staff shortages due to vaccine mandates: COVID-19 updates

Hospitals brace for staff shortages due to vaccine mandates, California's prison staff will be required to vaccinate. Latest COVID-19 updates. → Read More

'Let’s do this': Democratic Rep. Karen Bass enters Los Angeles mayoral race

Rep. Karen Bass, a high-profile member of the Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill, announced her plans to run for Los Angeles mayor. → Read More

Tens of thousands of New York health care workers could lose jobs as soon as today: COVID-19 updates

Massachusetts troopers set to quit over a vaccine mandate, New York announces plans if vaccine mandate causes a health worker shortage: COVID updates. → Read More

'She touched the world': Family, friends pay tribute to Gabby Petito at New York funeral

A line of mourners wrapped around a funeral home in Holbrook, New York, as friends and family bid an emotional farewell to Gabby Petito on Sunday. → Read More

Federal arrest warrant issued for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, FBI says

An arrest warrant has been issued for Gabby Petito's fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who is still missing after more than a week. → Read More

Gabby Petito's body believed to have been found in Grand Teton National Park, FBI says

Authorities discovered the remains of a body they believe to be Gabby Petito, whose disappearance fueled national intrigue, pending identification. → Read More

GOP governors vow to fight Biden's vaccine mandate; FDA weighs in on vaccines for kids: COVID updates

Florida's ban on mandatory school masks is back. A study found unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19. Latest updates → Read More

Dr. Anthony Fauci defends booster shots; New York judge blocks state's vaccination mandate for health care workers: Latest COVID-19 updates

A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after several sued. Latest COVID news. → Read More

California heads to the polls as Gov. Gavin Newsom seeks to fend off Larry Elder in recall election

Only twice in U.S. history has a governor been removed from office via recall; once in North Dakota in 1921; and in California in 2003. → Read More

Nicholas strengthens into Category 1 hurricane as Texas braces for heavy rainfall

Hurricane Nicholas was churning along the Texas coast and is forecasted to make landfall late Monday or early Tuesday → Read More

New York City public schools return to in-person learning; Alaska senator barred from airline: COVID-19 updates

New York City returns to in-person learning Monday. Alaska state senator will miss session over barred from an airline. More COVID-19 updates → Read More

'I’m alive. I’m alive': At least 4 injured after apartment building explosion near Atlanta

An explosion rocked an apartment building in suburban Atlanta, rendering the complex unstable and leaving 4 people injured, authorities said. → Read More

Voter fraud claims create 'circus-like atmosphere' for recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom

Former President Donald Trump is already calling the California recall "a rigged election" to keep Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in office. → Read More

US records 40M cases since start of pandemic; unemployment benefits expire for millions: COVID-19 updates

The U.S. hit a bleak milestone: 40 million COVID infections since the pandemic began. There are about 12 cases for every 100 residents. Latest news. → Read More

Plunging into a sinkhole. Swimming inside homes to stay alive. Ida leaves a path of heartbreak, horror across 8 states.

Ida has killed more than 54 people and its impacts have created dramatic nightmarish scenarios and devastating heartbreak across 8 different states. → Read More