25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill Make sure my line about the Texas oil spill is still accurate in the morning
Twenty-five years ago today, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Alaska, causing what was then the largest U.S. oil spill in history. The tanker spewed about 11 million gallons of oil — about what 17 Olympic-size swimming pools could hold — into the pristine Prince William Sound. The oil spread to 1,300 miles of shoreline, killing hundreds of thousands of fish, birds and other wildlife. The anniversary comes as scores of ships were trapped by an "extremely serious" oil spill that has closed the shipping channel connecting Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Obamas and China
While President Obama meets with the Chinese president today in Europe, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha continue their tour of China in Xian to see ancient terra-cotta warriors. The threesome have been photographed at famous spots including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall during the first independent trip by a U.S. president's wife to China. The first lady has won compliments for her elegant clothing and her interactions with ordinary people in a country where it is rare to see leaders' spouses or children in public.
Wash. mudslide death toll rises
Eight people are now confirmed dead after a massive landslide slammed into homes Saturday near Oso, Wash., authorities said. Snohomish County sheriff's Lt. Rob Palmer said four more bodies were discovered late Sunday.
NFL considers rule changes
NFL owners begin their spring meeting today in Orlando and are considering 13 rule changes. One would allow a referee to consult with the NFL's office in New York City during a game. More significant, a crackdown on racial slurs and other taunting will be a point of emphasis among the 13 playing rules, seven bylaws and one resolution that will be presented by the competition committee.
Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
China's state news agency reported that a Chinese plane crew spotted some "suspicious objects in the southern Indian Ocean" on Monday while searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.