Slowdown: As of 8:30 a.m., three lanes of traffic on Interstate 10 East along the Mississippi River bridge are closed due to two crashes. Both wrecks occurred on I-10 eastbound between La. 1/Port Allen/Plaquemine/Exit 153 and La. 30/Nicholson Drive/LSU/Exit 155A. Vehicles are able to get through the area, but must zig-zag from lane to lane, WBRZ-TV reports.
Cleared: Salvage teams this morning set free the colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week had clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bulbous bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday. Read the full story.
Credentials: The Biden administration and private companies are working to develop a standard way of handling credentials—often referred to as “vaccine passports”—that would allow Americans to prove they have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus as businesses try to reopen, The Washington Post reports. The effort has gained momentum amid President Biden’s pledge that the nation will start to regain normalcy this summer and with a growing number of companies—from cruise lines to sports teams—saying they will require proof of vaccination before opening their doors again. Read the full story.