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The Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Photo: Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas M. Blue / U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images

The Trump administration is proposing revisions that would roll back some safety measures that were installed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore oil and gas drilling, estimates the change would save an estimated $900 million in the next decade and "reverse some risk-reduction measures the industry considered burdensome.” One change: eliminating the word “safe” from one section of the rule.

The proposed changes, per the Journal:

  • Get rid of a requirement that third-party inspectors of critical equipment must be certified by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).
  • Striking out the word "safe" from a provision that controls the pressure drillers have to maintain while drilling a well. The BSEE said the use of the word is "redundant."
  • Offshore facility operators won't be required to certified inspectors send reports to BSEE about "mechanical integrity" of equipment.

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Woman who allegedly stole laptop from Pelosi's office to sell to Russia is arrested

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A woman accused of breaching the Capitol and planning to sell to Russia a laptop or hard drive she allegedly stole from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was arrested in Pennsylvania's Middle District Monday, the Department of Justice said.

Driving the news: Riley June Williams, 22, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol as well as violent entry and disorderly conduct. She has not been charged over the laptop allegation and the case remains under investigation, per the DOJ.

Biden will reverse Trump's attempt to lift COVID-related travel restrictions

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The incoming Biden administration will reverse President Trump's last-minute order to lift COVID-19 related travel restrictions, Jen Psaki, the incoming White House press secretary, tweeted.

Why it matters: President Trump ordered entry bans lifted for travelers from the U.K., Ireland, Brazil and much of Europe to go into effect Jan. 26, but the Biden administration will "strengthen public health measures around international travel in order to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19," Jen Psaki said. Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Trump will no longer be president by the time the order is set to go into effect.

Dominion sends cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

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Dominion Voting Systems on Monday sent a cease and desist letter to My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell over his spread of misinformation related to the 2020 election.

Why it matters: Trump and several of his allies have pushed false conspiracy theories about the company, leading Dominion to take legal action. It's suing pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell for defamation and $1.3 billion in damages, and a Dominion employee has sued Trump himself, OANN and Newsmax.