Sheen dissipates but sunken U.S. fish boat still in orca habitat east of Victoria

A boom protects a sensitive area on San Juan Island, Washington, in this Aug. 16, 2022, handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - U.S. Coast Guard) A boom protects a sensitive area on San Juan Island, Washington, in this Aug. 16, 2022, handout photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - U.S. Coast Guard)

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Putin illegally annexes Ukrainian regions as part of Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday for an illegal annexation of occupied Ukrainian territory in a sharp escalation of his seven-month invasion of Ukraine. Its leader immediately countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance.