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A chemical leak at a Houston-area water park left dozens of people with breathing and skin irritation problems on Saturday — including 26 who were hospitalized, one in a critical condition, per the New York Times.

Driving the news: Lina Hidalgo, Houston's chief elected official, told reporters over 60 people had undergone decontamination procedures following the leak at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown in Spring, Texas.

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  • Per a statement from Harrison County Fire Marshal's Office, investigators believe the chemicals involved in the incident are hypochlorite solution, a bleach, and 35% sulfuric acid.
  • Hidalgo said in a statement earlier Saturday, "We've issued a closure order to investigate and ensure the park meets all requirements before reopening again."

What to watch: Harris County Fire Marshal's Office spokesperson Rachel Neutzler said at a briefing that investigators were "looking into" a system that injects bleach and sulfuric acid into the water to maintain the pH balance and keep pools clean, "to see if there was a malfunction or not," per the Times.

  • "But that's still under investigation," she added.

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Firefighters in Sequoia National Park were working into the night after two wildfires merged to reach the Giant Forest Saturday.

Why it matters: This forest contains over 2,000 giant sequoias, including the General Sherman Tree — the world's largest tree by volume. Park officials wrapped the redwoods in foil last week as the Paradise and Colony Fires, now known as the KNP Complex Fire, neared. Protection efforts appeared to be working overnight.

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Hong Kong's elections to choose the city's Election Committee members opened to a select group of voters on Sunday, under a new "patriots only" system imposed by China's government.

Why it matters: All candidates running to be members of the electoral college have been "vetted" by Beijing, per Reuters. They will go on to choose the Asian financial hub's next leader, approved by China's government, and some of its legislature.

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An Israeli security forces member on Saturday stands guard at the Gilboa prison in northern Israel, from where the six inmates escaped. Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli forces captured the two remaining Palestinian prisoners who tunneled their way out of an Israeli maximum-security prison with four others in a "Shawshank Redemption"-style escape, authorities announced Sunday.

Why it matters: The escape sparked a massive manhunt and turned the prisoners into heroes in the West Bank and Gaza, with Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Gaza threatening an escalation if they were harmed, per Axios' Barak Ravid.