(LOS ANGELES) -- A hundred year old water main ruptured in Los Angeles on Tuesday, flooding parts of the UCLA campus.
As the flooding stretches from buildings to underground parking garages to the Drake Track and Field Stadium, the LA Fire Department is bringing in crews to help rescue people fromswamped cars.
Pauley Pavilion, which underwent a $133 million renovation in 2012, is also flooded.
No injuries have been reported, according to ABC station KABC.
City councilman Paul Koretz says such an emergency could not have come at a worse time, as Los Angeles and much of California is suffering from one of the worst droughts in more than a decade.
"We're losing water at I understand around 35,000 gallons a minute," Koretz said. Obviously we will have to work harder to conserve with the drought because we've lost a lot of water."
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(WASHINGTON) -- The United States will unleash a new round of sanctions against Russia in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama said Tuesday.
"The cost on Russia will continue to grow," the president said in a statement at the White House emphasizing Russian "energy, arms and finance" as targets. "Today is a reminder that the United States means what it says."
Obama said Russia has, so far, "failed to cooperate with the investigations" into the downing of the Malaysian aircraft, adding that he and key European leaders "are united in our view that the situation in Ukraine ought to be resolved diplomatically."
Obama said he has been coordinating closely with European allies to ensure a unified response. Earlier Tuesday, the European Union agreed to a new package of sanctions on Russia, for the first time imposing "sectoral" sanctions on Russia’s finance and energy industries, as well as banning arms exports to Russia.
Obama, in his remarks this afternoon, called them the "most significant and wide-ranging sanctions to date."
The European Union says the sanctions will limit access to E.U. capital markets for Russian state-owned financial institutions, impose an embargo on trade in arms, establish an export ban for dual-use goods for military end-users, and curtail Russian access to sensitive technologies, particularly in the oil sector.
Meanwhile, at the State Department, spokeswoman Jen Psaki emphasized that the United States welcomed "Europe's determination to take strong new steps and ... this trans-Atlantic community and G-7 are united in their determination to respond to continued and intensified Russian aggression."
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(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, one month after President Obama nominated him for the post.
McDonald was confirmed with a vote of 97-0. McDonald, a former CEO of Procter & Gamble, will join the VA as the embattled department tries to ease wait times for veterans by providing health care outside the VA system as well as hiring new doctors, nurses and clinicians at VA facilities.
Here are five things that could help McDonald in his new position leading the VA.
1. He Is a West Point Grad
McDonald graduated in the top 2% of his class at West Point and went on to serve in the United States Army as an Airborne Ranger captain in the 82nd Airborne Division. During his confirmation hearing, McDonald told senators his experiences at West Point and in the military influenced his leadership style at Procter & Gamble and will help him at the VA.
"I am still guided by the West Point Cadet Prayer, which encourages us to 'choose the harder right rather than the easier wrong,'" McDonald said earlier this month.
2. He Comes From a Military Family
Not only did McDonald serve in the military, but so did multiple members of his family, including his father, who was part of the Army Air Corps after World War II. His wife's father became a POW after he was shot down over Europe, and his wife's uncle served in Vietnam, where he was exposed to Agent Orange, which he still receives treatment for through the VA system.
3. He Worked at Procter & Gamble for 33 Years
McDonald started his career at Procter & Gamble as a brand assistant, eventually making his way to the top of the company, where he managed more than 120,000 employees. Procter & Gamble is a unique company in that its employees are promoted from within, similar to the tradition of rising in the ranks in the military. Lawmakers who met with McDonald ahead of his confirmation said they were impressed with his management experience at Procter & Gamble.
4. He Will Give Lawmakers His Personal Cell Phone Number
At his confirmation hearing, McDonald said he would give his personal cell phone number to all the senators on the committee to make sure he is held accountable for his work at the VA, even if that means after-hours phone calls.
"Every member of the committee will have my cell phone number. And I would expect if we're not meeting your needs you will call me," McDonald said. "When you run a large corporation globally, you have a cell phone that's on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it gets called. And so if you have concerns I want to know about them and I want to react to them."
5. He Compiled a List of What It Takes to Be a Leader
McDonald wrote a list called "What I Believe In," which includes 10 principles he lives by and could be applied to his time at the VA.
Here's the list: 1. Living a life driven by purpose is more meaningful and rewarding than meandering through life without direction. 2. Companies must do well to do good and must do good to well. 3. Everyone wants to succeed, and success is contagious. 4. Putting people in the right jobs is one of the most important jobs of the leader. 5. Character is the most important trait of a leader. 6. Diverse groups of people are more innovative than homogeneous groups. 7. Ineffective systems and cultures are bigger barriers to achievement than the talents of people. 8. There will be some people in the organization who will not make it on the journey. 9. Organizations must renew themselves. 10. The true test of the leader is the performance of the organization when they are absent or after they depart.
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