September 14, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • People living in Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley were evacuated from their homes on Thursday following a series of gas explosions, CBS Boston reports. Crews have so far responded to between 60 and 80 fires, with 18 fires burning at the same time during the peak of the event, and 38 fires burning in the community of Andover alone. Gas and power have been shut off to thousands of customers to prevent further destruction as investigators determine the cause of the incident. At least 20 people have been injured, and in the town of Lawrence, 18-year-old Leonel Rondon died when an explosion toppled a chimney onto his car, which was parked in a a driveway.

  • On Thursday, a federal judge extended a ban on hunting grizzly bears. The bears were delisted as an endangered species in June of 2017 despite their depressed population in Rocky Mountain states like Idaho and Wyoming, and trophy hunting seasons were set to reopen in those states on Sept. 1. The two-week extension granted Sept. 13 further delays grizzly hunting nearly through the end of September.

  • A complaint of sexual misconduct has surfaced against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to The New Yorker. The complaint dates back to the 1980s, when Kavanaugh attended the Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and his accuser was a student at a nearby high school. In a letter forwarded to the FBI by Senate Democrats, the accuser alleged that Kavanaugh tried to restrain and force himself on her at a party while a classmate of Kavanaugh's turned up the volume of music to drown out the sound of the assault. The accuser said Kavanaugh's nomination dredged up long-simmering and distressing psychological issues. Kavanaugh and the other person allegedly involved in the incident have denied that the assault ever took place.

  • Albertsons Companies has a new CEO. While Bob Miller will remain chairman of the Boise-based grocery chain's board of directors, the company announced Thursday that Jim Donald will be the new CEO of the company effective immediately, Supermarket News reports. Previously, Donald was the North America Division President and CEO of Starbucks Corporation, President and CEO of Haggen Inc. and CEO of Extended Stay America. He joined Albertsons in March as president and chief operating officer. Miller is expected to continue as chairman of Albertsons' board of directors. A little more than a month ago, Albertsons and Rite Aid Corporation nixed a $24 billion merger when Rite Aid shareholders voiced their disapproval of the deal.
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