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Crews clean up the oil spill at Huntington State Beach in Huntington Beach on Sunday. Photo: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced Monday that the state's Justice Department is investigating the massive oil spill off Orange County's Huntington Beach coastline.

Why it matters: It's "an environmental disaster with far-reaching consequences for our fish and wildlife, for our communities, and for our economy," Bonita said in a statement.

  • The spill leaked up to 131,000 gallons of crude oil into the waters off the coast of Southern California, killing wildlife, contaminating beaches and threatening coastal wetlands.

What to watch: Bonta told reporters his office has yet to determine whether to take civil or criminal action, per the Los Angeles Times.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard and Orange County district attorney's office are conducting criminal investigations into the spill, which authorities have confirmed happened due to a ship's anchor moving the "pipeline 105 feet months ago — maybe even a year ago," according to O.C. Supervisor Katrina Foley.

Of note: Coastal areas including Huntington and Newport beaches reopened to swimmers and surfers on Monday, as cleanup crews continued working.

By the numbers: The crews have collected 5,400 gallons of oil from vessels and cleaned 250,000 pounds of oil debris from the region as of Sunday, per the L.A. Times.

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California wildfire jumps major highway as blaze swells to 13,400 acres

Firefighters from Los Padres National Forest monitor the Alisal Fire as it moves into Refugio Canyon, California, on Tuesday. Photo: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

About 100 Central California properties and a shuttered oil refinery were under threat overnight from a rapidly growing wildfire that forced the closure of a major highway near Santa Barbara, per the Los Angeles Times.

The big picture: The Alisal Fire that ignited near the Alisal Reservoir on Monday has grown to 13,400 acres with 5% containment, officials said. Nearly 800 firefighters are now battling the wind-driven blaze that caused thousands of people to evacuate.

The new cold war panic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The world has seen a power struggle between nuclear powers before, and has seen those countries inch closer to military conflict. But it's never before seen a cold war between two countries as interconnected — with each other and with the rest of the globe — as the U.S. and China.

Why it matters: Escalating antagonism between the world's two superpowers is likely to hinder global cooperation to fight climate change, divert resources to costly arms and tech races, complicate diplomacy for U.S. allies, and victimize Chinese and American citizens living in each other's countries.

Parkland shooting victims' families settle suit with school district

A makeshift memorial outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, 2020. Photo: Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

Families and survivors of a 2018 mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., reached a $25 million settlement in their lawsuit against the Broward County school district Monday, per the South Florida SunSentinel.

Why it matters: The deal was reached in the suit over the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High after the school district won a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could have capped damages at $300,000 in total without approval from the state legislature, AP notes.