Reports began pouring in Thursday afternoon that the Keystone Pipeline leaked 210,000 gallons of oil in South Dakota.
Or as Mitch Smith reported in the New York Time, more Than 5,000 Barrels of Oil.
‘All your idols are bad’
Thursday afternoon, The Daily Mail’s Alan Butterfield posted a report alleging that Sylvester Stallone was being accused of forcing a teen into a threesome with his late bodyguard in the ‘80s. “Sly Stallone is up next,” Lachlan Markay tweeted. While Jessica Suerth summed up: “All your idols are bad.” Stallone denies the allegations and his rep told TMZ the incident "never happened."
Leeann Tweeden’s account of being Kissed and Groped Without Consent by Senator Al Franken is still making the rounds today. “The photo -- wow,” Shani Hilton replied.
President Trump, a Veteran of Sexual Harassment Accusations, Scolded Franken, Michael Shear wrote in the New York Times.
Two Trader Joe's products are part of a nationwide food recall due to listeria, according to Dianne De Guzman at the San Francisco Gate. Before you throw everything out in your fridge, know it’s Yorgo's Foods’ hommus, baba ghannouj, salads, falafel, tzatziki and grape leaves which were sold in grocery stores in New York and New England.
There have been a series of robberies near UC Berkeley’s campus, Vince Cestone and Evan Ward report in KRON4.
The New York Times covers “The Uncounted,” a project which tracks “150 airstrikes across northern Iraq, seeking to determine which air force launched them and whom they killed.” It is the work of Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal. Danielle Ivory tweeted, “The air war against ISIS has been much less precise than claimed. Epic reporting.” James Thomson agreed, “This is incredible.” And Adin Dobkin put it “At the top of the reading list today.”
Elsewhere in the world, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sounded the alarm about Japan's “most severe security environment ever” in what Tomohiro Osaki calls a key policy speech in the Japan Times.
Images suggest North Korea’s 'aggressive' work on a ballistic missile submarine, David Brunnstrom, Grant McCool report at Reuters.
Over in Europe, PM Theresa May tries to reassure the EU that Britain will honour its money commitment, according to Elizabeth Piper and Jan Strupczewski at Reuters.
In Vancouver, the big news is whether or not SkyTrains will run later. According to St. John Alexander and Andrew Weichel at CTV News, officials say it's feasible, but expensive.
At the Guardian, Simon Tisdall wonders if Mugabe's fall in Zimbabwe was a result of China flexing its muscle. Jason Burke touts, “Fascinating details of Beijing's links here.”
And Australia has done right by the LGBTI community but failed its First Peoples, Michelle Grattan writes at ABC there.
Alex Davies shares what Wired Knows About Tesla's New Roadster. And tweets this quote from his story: “The point of this is to give the hardcore smackdown to gasoline cars.”
USA Today’s Marco della Cava called it Musk stealing his own (truck) show. He added on Twitter: “This one took us by surprise. And 1.9 seconds to 60. Ludicrous Plus mode.”
Three unrelated stories
This is likely the most important piece of reporting in this newsletter today (ed note: just my opinion). The Guardian’s Ian Sample writes that owning a dog cuts risk of heart attacks and other fatal diseases, study shows.
Blogger Crissy Page writes about her Special Christmas Traditions in what she discloses early on is sponcon for The Elf on the Shelf. But people liked it and it’s pretty cute.
And in the basketball world, the stage is set for the Stephen Curry/Kyrie Irving rivalry to open a new chapter, according to Marcus Thompson at The Athletic.
How's it going in media?
BuzzFeed will reportedly miss its revenue target for 2017 by $50 million - $70 million, which Amol Sharma at the Wall Street Journal says Signals Turbulence in Media. “Prospects for a 2018 BuzzFeed initial public offering now appear remote,” the paper tweeted.
Free Press Group Ready to Cut Off WikiLeaks, Kevin Poulsen, Spencer Ackerman report in The Daily Beast. “A free press organization that was once one of Wikileaks biggest defenders is ending support,” Anthony De Rosa sums up. April Glaser tweeted this quote from the piece: "You can’t fight the kind of repression Trump represents and indirectly assist it,” and added, “Lots of respect to @xeni.” While Harry Siegel put it another way: “Punchdrunk Wikileaks about to get cut off.”
And for when it all gets to be too much, Poynter has an article about a Facebook group to help journalists figure out their plan B. "None of us are only what we do,” Ren LaForme shared from the piece.