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A massive gas leak near Los Angeles that forced thousands from their homes for months was brought under control, a utility official said. The methane leak, the biggest in California's history, has been deemed an environmental disaster by several outside experts. More than 4,500 families living in the affluent Porter Ranch area were forced to relocate after the leak was detected in October as residents reported getting ill from the noxious fumes spewing out of a damaged pipe.
Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders locked horns early in their high-stakes debate, with the former secretary of state savaging her rival over his plan for universal health care. "Based on every analysis that I can find by people who are sympathetic to the goal, the numbers don't add up and many people will be worse off than they are right now," Clinton said in assailing Sanders' claim that working-class Americans could actually save money by implementing his single payer health coverage plan. The candidates split the first two nomination contests of the race, with Clinton earning a very narrow victory in Iowa but Sanders trouncing her in New Hampshire earlier this week.