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A BP subsidiary reported a crude oil spill in Alaska's North Slope Friday, per the AP. BP is the same company whose leak in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is regarded as the worst in U.S. history.

The situation in Alaska: Oil is spraying from a well onto a pad and potentially onto the snow-covered tundra, according to BP Exploration Alaska Inc. The volume is unknown according to The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and a cleanup will begin once the release has been controlled.

Context: Small spills that are contained immediately are somewhat common, but this is in Alaska, where cleanup resources might be less accessible. BP's 2010 spill was capped 87 days after the initial explosion.

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U.S. hits highest daily COVID-19 case count since pandemic began

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The U.S. confirmed at least 83,010 coronavirus cases on Friday, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project.

By the numbers: Friday's total surpassed the U.S.'s previous record set on July 17 when 76,842 cases were recorded. 

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