National news from across the United States of America.

Evanger's pet food image from expanded US FDA recall. Pet Food Recalled for Euthanasia Drug Contamination (Updated) (4/25/2017) - *Updated with additional recall April 25, 2017.* Party Animal Recalls Dog Food The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the [...]
One of several labels issued with USDA recall April 24, 2017. Over 130,000 Pounds of Sausage Recalled, Inedible (4/24/2017) - Uncle John’s Pride, LLC Recalls Ready-To-Eat Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Kristen Booze, Uncle John’s Pride, LLC., a Tampa, Fla. establishment, is recalling approximately 139,909 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked meat and poultry [...]
One of the labels for hash browns recalled for golf ball material contamination. Source: US FDA. Hash Browns Recalled for “Extraneous Golf Ball Materials” (4/24/2017) - McCain Foods USA, Inc. Recalls Frozen Southern Style Hash Browns Due to Possible Health Risk. Product is Sold and Distributed Under The Roundy’s and Harris Teeter Retail Brands McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced on April [...]
A river icing on a small unnamed river that drains into Galbraith Lake, Alaska, which is in the Atigun River basin and was a major base camp location for the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline connecting the Arctic Ocean to Valdez, Alaska. The people in this photo are researchers and students associated with Toolik Field Station. Credit: Jay Zarnetske. Arctic River Ice Deposits Rapidly Disappearing (4/19/2017) - Changes Could Impact Wildlife That Depends on Arctic Rivers By Nanci Bompey (American Geophysical Union), Valerie Osowski (Michigan State University), and Emily Williams (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) Climate change is causing thick ice deposits that form [...]
JPL's AREE rover for Venus is just one of the concepts selected by NASA for further research funding. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts (4/10/2017) - By Andrew Good (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and Gina Anderson (NASA HQ) A mechanical rover inspired by a Dutch artist. A weather balloon that recharges its batteries in the clouds of Venus. These are just two of the [...]
Source: Pesticide Action Network North America. PAN Takes EPA Back to Court Over Brain-Harming Pesticide (4/5/2017) - On April 5, 2017, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and partners are taking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back to court over the widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos. Last week, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the [...]
One of the First Amendment ads in Washington DC. Source: American Civil Liberties Union. ACLU Launches Multilingual Ad Campaign in Defense of First Amendment (4/5/2017) - ACLU Billboards in Arabic, English, and Spanish Intended to Remind Public That “We the People” Means Everyone The American Civil Liberties Union launched a campaign today to remind the public about its First Amendment rights [...]
Peoples Climate Movement logo. Peoples Climate Movement Releases March Route (3/30/2017) - March for Climate, Justice and Jobs on April 29 Will Begin at the Capitol, Surround the White House and End at the Washington Monument to Resist and Bring Solutions to Elected Leaders By Sharon Singh, [...]
On March 28, around 9:58 a.m. EDT one of the eggs located in Mr. President & The First Lady's bald eagle nest in Washington DC began the hatching process. Source: Bald Eagle Egg Begins to Hatch Live on the DC Eagle Cam (3/28/2017) - By Julia Cecere and Al Cecere, American Eagle Foundation Since New Years Eve millions of viewers have tuned into the DC Eagle Cam ( to watch two live‑streaming, high-definition cameras featuring the wild nest of Bald Eagles, Mr. [...]
FIRST Robotics Team 2655, The Flying Platypi represented North Carolina at the Buckeye Regionals FIRST Robotics Competition. Credits: William T. Dedula, NASA. Student-Built Robots Compete in Robotics Competition (3/24/2017) - By Jeannette Owens (NASA Glenn Research Center), Katherine Brown (NASA HQ), and William Jeffs (Johnson Space Center) Over 1,500 high school students from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will compete in the 16th [...]
MuckFest MS Crash Landing obstacle in Detroit MI, Source: Event 360. FUN Mud Run to End MS Coming to Charlotte NC, Cities Nationwide (3/21/2017) - MuckFest® MS Ready to Muddy Up 12 Cities — The FUN Mud Run to End MS By Calvin Fleming, for Event 360 The National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Event 360 are proud to announce [...]
Marketside pizza label released with USDA FSIS recall. Pizzas, Burritos Recalled Due to Contaminants (3/17/2017) - Two separate recalls this week affect processed foods with potential contamination. The first, included below, is for frozen pizza with potential Listeria contamination. The second, at the end, is for frozen burritos with potential hard [...]
Budget screenshot showing the "America First" and MAGA slogans adopted by this administration. UCS Says “Skinny Budget” Disregards Science, Placing Communities at Risk (3/16/2017) - By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) President Trump released his proposed “skinny budget” on March 16, 2017. Below is a statement by Ken Kimmell, president of UCS. Kimmell is also the former commissioner of the [...]
Black Footed Ferrett photo by USFWS J. Michael Lockhart. Source: Taxpayer-funded Wildlife Services Killing Coyotes, Bears, Wolves, & Other Animals (3/14/2017) - 2.7 Million Animals Killed by Federal Wildlife-destruction Program in 2016 By Center for Biological Diversity The highly-secretive arm of the US Department of Agriculture known as Wildlife Services killed more than 2.7 million animals during 2016, [...]
11 National Organizations Come Together Against Hate, Track Incidents (3/14/2017) - Organizations Join Forces to Collect Data on Hate Incidents and Provide Services to Impacted Communities Across The United States By Shin Inouye, On March 13, 2017, The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Lawyers’ [...]
Home Fire Campaign in Fayetteville, North Carolina 2016 Turn and Test Smoke Alarms for Daylight Saving Time (3/9/2017) - Red Cross and Partners Have Saved Nearly 200 Lives by Installing 702,000 Smoke Alarms Across The Country Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am this Sunday, March 12, 2017. This is the best opportunity for the American [...]
One of the assorted cheese products affected by February 2017 recall. Cheese Spread, Slices, and Shreds Recalled for Listeria (3/3/2017) - Since February 1, 2017, multiple cheese recalls cautioned customers on possible Listeria contamination. These included a popular pimento spread, deli sliced cheese, and shredded cheese. As of February 11, multiple brands were affected by this [...]
Job Gap report may be read online at Source: People’s Action Institute. Heavy Competition for US Jobs that Pay Enough to Live On (3/1/2017) - By Kathy Mulady, On February 28, 2017, People’s Action Institute released a report that details the dire need for jobs that pay a living wage, and for public investment in communities that are most [...]
One of the apple sauce labels released with the Manzana Products Co. / US FDA recall notice. Three Trader Joe’s Apple Sauce Varieties Recalled for Glass Bits (2/27/2017) - Manzana Products Co., Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Apple Sauces Due to Potential Presence of Foreign Material By Michael Calvo, Manzana Products Co On February 25, 2017, Manzana Products Co., Inc. issued a voluntarily recall for three [...]
A photographer, who wishes to remain anonymous, took this photograph of Shadow in his VA enclosure in 2016. Shadow is in the center, front, in the sun patch. While Many Cheer Animal Rescues, One SPCA Holds On To A Big Cat (2/25/2017) - **UPDATE: Shadow the leopard passed away at the Virginia SPCA on February 23, 2017. Our original article from February 9 is included below.** ______________________________________   Despite the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) focus on [...]
Mechanical technician Dan Pitts prepares a nine percent scale model of Lockheed Martin’s Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane preliminary design for its first high-speed wind tunnel tests at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. Credits: NASA NASA Wind Tunnel Tests Lockheed Martin’s X-Plane Design for a Quieter Supersonic Jet (2/24/2017) - By J.D. Harrington (NASA HQ), Jan Wittry (Glenn Research Center), and Erica Turner (Lockheed Martin Communications) Supersonic passenger airplanes are another step closer to reality as NASA and Lockheed Martin begin the first high-speed wind tunnel [...]
Credit: © Richard Bluecloud Castaneda / Greenpeace. Greenpeace Responds to Forced Removal of Water Protectors (2/23/2017) - By Cassady Craighill, Greenpeace In solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock who are scheduled to be forcibly removed by the Trump administration at 2pm local time on February 22, 2017, Greenpeace USA Climate [...]
The US Bureau of Reclamation estimates annual natural upper Colorado River flow based on data recorded from streamgages at Lees Ferry. At that location, Colorado River streamflow reflects water that has drained from the upper basin, which includes Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico. Credit: US Geological Survey. Colorado River Flows will Keep Shrinking as Climate Warms (2/20/2017) - By Lauren Lipuma (American Geophysical Union), Mari N. Jensen (University of Arizona), and Jim Beers (Colorado State University) Warming in the 21st century reduced Colorado River flows by at least 0.5 million acre-feet, about the amount [...]
The Georgia Institute of Technology awarded the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage to former President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter February 17, 2017. Source: Georgia Institute of Technology. Prize for Social Courage Awarded to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter (2/20/2017) - Georgia Tech Awards Ivan Allen Jr. Prize to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter By Lance Wallace, On February 17, 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology President G.P. “Bud” Peterson awarded the 2017 Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for [...]
Environment America logo. Campaign Launched to Repower Colleges/Universities with 100% Renewable Energy (2/14/2017) - By Bronte Payne, Environment America Research and Policy Center On February 14, 2017, Environment America and the Student Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) launched a campaign to secure commitments from American colleges and universities to shift to [...]
Union of Concerned Scientists logo. California’s Oroville Dam Crisis Illustrates Need to Plan for More Extreme Weather (2/13/2017) - By Elliott Negin, Union of Concerned Scientists Flooding risks around Northern California’s Lake Oroville reservoir that forced mass evacuations of people living below the nation’s tallest dam in recent days are demonstrating that future infrastructure [...]
Aaron Curtis, a post-doctoral scholar at JPL, measures gases inside an ice cave. Carbon dioxide levels can be especially high inside the caves, so gas monitors are necessary for safety. Image: Dylan Taylor. JPL Tests Robotics in Ice Caves Near Active Volcano (2/13/2017) - Descent into a Frozen Underworld By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mt. Erebus is at the end of our world — and offers a portal to another. It’s our planet’s southernmost active volcano, reaching 12,448 [...]
Youth First poll map. Source: Lincoln Mondy, BerlinRosen. Majority of Americans Favor Keeping Youth Out of Prisons (2/13/2017) - New Poll Shows Strong Support for Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration to Rehabilitate Youth By Lincoln Mondy, Berlin Rosen A new poll released February 13, 2017, by Youth First shows that 78 percent of Americans favor keeping young [...]