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President Biden with residents of the Cambridge neighborhood in LaPlace, Louisiana. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden met with locals in Louisiana on Friday to offer federal assistance less than a week after Hurricane Ida tore through the Gulf Coast and destroyed millions of homes, AP reports.

Why it matters: Ida has killed at least 48 people in the Northeastern U.S. and 13 in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Over one million people were still without power in Louisiana as of Tuesday morning.

  • Speaking with residents along the way, Biden walked through a neighborhood in LaPlace that took the brunt of catastrophic wind and water damage.
  • "I promise we’re going to have your back," Biden said at a briefing with local officials on Friday.
  • He also scheduled a flyover tour of hard-hit communities including Lafitte, Grand Isle, Port Fourchon and Lafourche Parish, per AP.

Worth noting: At Friday’s briefing, Biden told local officials his infrastructure bill will equip the country to better prepare for disasters like Ida, according to AP.

  • "It seems to me we can save a whole lot of money, a whole lot of pain for our constituents, if we build back, rebuild it back in a better way," Biden said. "I realize I’m selling as I’m talking."
In photos
Biden comforts a resident of the Cambridge neighborhood affected by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Biden speaks with other residents in the Cambridge neighborhood. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) sits to the right of Biden as he speaks during a briefing with local leaders at the St. John Parish's Emergency Operations Center in LaPlace, Louisiana. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
Biden surveys the Cambridge neighborhood, which was hit hard by Hurricane Ida. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

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In photos: Oil spill threatens Southern California shores

In an aerial view, a containment boom blocks oil-contaminated water on Oct. 4 in Huntington Beach, California.

Authorities are working to contain one of the largest oil spills in California's recent history that has devastated wildlife and contaminated several popular beaches.

The big picture: The spill was detected Saturday and was estimated to be about 13 square miles in size. Some 126,000 gallons of crude oil has spilled into the waters, per the Coast Guard. The full scope of the environmental impacts remain unknown.

Oct 3, 2021 - World

In photos: Mass protests in Brazil demand Bolsonaro's impeachment

Demonstrators take part in a protest against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in São Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 2. Photo: Nelson Almeida/AFP via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of protesters marched in cities across Brazil on Saturday, calling for President Jair Bolsonaro's impeachment over his government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, per Reuters.

Why it matters: Brazil's Senate is holding hearings that could lead to Bolsonaro's impeachment as the country's Supreme Court investigates his government’s handling of coronavirus vaccine contracts. Bolsonaro has threatened to reject the results of Brazil's October 2022 presidential election amid poor approval ratings.

Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.