National news from across the United States of America.

Source: California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) California EPA Is First US Agency to Declare That Roundup Causes Cancer (6/28/2017) - By Nathan Donley, Yesterday, the state of California announced that as of July 7, 2017, it will list glyphosate, the main ingredient in the pesticide Roundup and the most common pesticide in the world, as [...]
Raytheon and the US Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with US Special Operations Command, recently completed a successful flight test of a high energy laser system onboard an Apache AH-64 at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. The demonstration marks the first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds. Photo: US Army, PRNewsfoto/Raytheon Company. First-ever Helicopter-based Firing of High Energy Laser (6/26/2017) - Raytheon and US Army Apache Program Management Office Demonstrate Feasibility of Ground Attack By Sally McDonough, Raytheon Company and the US Army Apache Program Management Office, in collaboration with US Special Operations Command, recently completed [...]
The power plant complex of Crystal River, on the right of the cooling towers is the nuclear reactor (Unit 3) Source: nadbasher; cropped by User:Theanphibian, Wikicommons. Group Calls for “Autopsy” of Permanently Closed US Nuclear Reactor (6/22/2017) - Examination Could Identify Potential Safety Flaws in Operating Reactors with Parts from Same Controversial French Forge By Paul Gunter, Beyond Nuclear A permanently closed nuclear reactor in Florida that, documents show, likely has a manufactured [...]
This image of the moon crossing in front of the sun was captured on Jan. 30, 2014, by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory observing an eclipse from its vantage point in space. Credits: NASA NASA Prepares for Aug. 21 Total Solar Eclipse with Live Coverage, Safety Information (6/21/2017) - By Dwayne Brown/Laurie Cantillo (NASA HQ) and Karen Fox (Goddard Space Flight Center) For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, and NASA is preparing [...]
An example sexual assault kit. Many kits go untested for months or years, leaving victims waiting and potentially allowing offenders to escape detection. Source: End The Backlog. Mariska Hargitay Testifies in US Congress on National Rape Kit Backlog (6/16/2017) - Addresses First Briefing of New Task Force to End Sexual Violence By Melissa Schwartz, On June 16, 2017, Director, Producer, Actress, and President of the Joyful Heart Foundation, Mariska Hargitay, testified on Capitol Hill — before the [...]
Rawhide brands image released with recall via US FDA. Rawhide Chews for Dogs Recalled for Chemical Contamination (6/11/2017) - United Pet Group Voluntary Recalls Multiple Brands of Rawhide Chew Products for Dogs By Meg Rowley for United Pet Group United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands, Inc. is voluntarily recalling multiple brands of [...]
Two of the Tyson chicken product labels released with the USDA recall. Labeling Omission Leads to Recall of over 2.4 Million Pounds of Chicken (6/10/2017) - Tyson Foods Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Breaded Chicken Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Class I Recall — “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the [...]
An example sexual assault kit. Many kits go untested for months or years, leaving victims waiting and potentially allowing offenders to escape detection. Source: End The Backlog. Texas Becomes First to Implement Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform (6/7/2017) - By Melissa Schwartz, The Joyful Heart Foundation today announced that Texas has become the first state in the nation to implement comprehensive rape kit reform. With the passage of H.B. 281, which requires the Department of [...]
Cashew label released with Recall. Source: US FDA. Cashew Product Distributed through ALDI Recalled for Glass Bits (6/7/2017) - Star Snacks Co. is voluntarily recalling two lots of Southern Grove Cashew Halves and Pieces with Sea Salt due to the potential presence of glass pieces By Eddie Engelman for Star Snacks Co. Star Snacks [...]
Earth and all her inhabitants. Image: NASA's Earth Observatory, 2002 (western hemisphere). NC Governor Joins US Governors, Cities, and Businesses to say “We Are Still In” on Reducing Pollution (6/6/2017) - By Ford Porter, Office of the Governor, Joining other Governors, Mayors, colleges and universities, and businesses, Governor Roy Cooper declared that North Carolina will continue efforts to reduce pollution in support of the global Paris [...]
Source: Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp. Hemp History Week Launches Nationwide June 5-11, 2017 (6/5/2017) - Advocates Promote Sustainability Benefits of Organic Hemp, Innovative Hemp Technologies and the Need to Lift Federal Prohibition on Hemp Farming By Lauren Stansbury ( and Tom Moylan ( The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and Vote Hemp launched the 8th [...]
Ananya Vinay from Fresno, California, is champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Credit: Mark Bowen / Scripps National Spelling Bee, PRNewsfoto/The E.W. Scripps Company. Ananya Vinay Champion Of 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee (6/2/2017) - By Valerie Miller, Scripps Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old speller from Fresno, California, is the champion of the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, presented by Kindle (Amazon). Vinay earned the title in round 36 when she correctly [...]
The Hemp University mod. event notice. Hemp, Inc. Hosts Hemp Educational Symposium, Plans Another on June 24 (5/26/2017) - Hemp, Inc.’s second, sold out, educational symposium (Farming HEMP for Profit™), through its Hemp University, was a phenomenal success. The symposium took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Hampton Inn & Suites located at [...]
Screenshot of Herbal Coffee Recalled Due to Pharmaceuticals, One Death (5/26/2017) - Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee Due to Presence of Undeclared Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Undeclared Milk By Brian Richardson, Caverflo Coffee Co. is voluntarily recalling all lots of Caverflo Natural Herbal Coffee, 25 [...]
Lumbee Tribe NC Governor Pushes for Full Federal Recognition of the Lumbee Tribe (5/25/2017) - By Ford Porter, North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper shared his strong support for full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina on May 25, 2017, during a speech at the Lumbee Nation Economic Summit. [...]
Food Produced in Corrections Center Recalled Due to Undrinkable Water (5/24/2017) - Based on recent events involving the water supply in Airway Heights in Spokane County, Washington, and out of an abundance of caution, the Washington Department of Corrections has issued a voluntary recall of the food [...]
Hot dog packaging released by USDA with recall May 2017. Over 1.5 Million Hot Dogs Recalled for Possible Metal Bits (5/22/2017) - John Morrell and Co. Recalls Beef Frank Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination By Autumn Canaday, This is a Class II recall, which means, “This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote [...]
Patterns of water use efficiency across the continental United States. Color-coded values indicate the change in per-capita consumption in gallons per day per person between 1985 and 2010. Large numbers indicate the number of years per-capita withdrawals decreased from 1985 to 2010. Water Efficiency in Rural Areas Getting Worse (5/19/2017) - By Lauren Lipuma (American Geophysical Union) and Matt Shipman (NC State University) A nationwide analysis of water use over the past 30 years finds that there is a disconnect between rural and urban areas, with [...]
Kiehls Tishman Speyer Seated Ballerina Art Installation in NYC Raises Awareness of Missing Children (5/14/2017) - Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Art Production Fund Present Seated Ballerina by Jeff Koons on view May 12 – June 2, 2017 at Rockefeller Center Kiehl’s Since 1851 and Art Production Fund are pleased to present [...]
A box photo released by the US FDA with the Trident Seafoods Corporation recall notice May 11, 2017. Trident Seafoods Corporation’s Alaskan Cod Recall Due to Plastic Contamination (5/12/2017) - By Ms. Trev Foley, Trident Seafoods Corporation is issuing a voluntary recall of select lots of frozen Multi-Grain Alaskan Cod, Net Wt. 12, oz., because they may contain small pieces of plastic. Consumption of [...]
Lawsuit Filed for Police Officer Fired for Not Shooting Man (5/11/2017) - The American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia and the Law Offices of Timothy P. O’Brien, Esq. have filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the city of Weirton, West Virginia, on behalf of Stephen Mader, [...]
IEN Response to Reports of Dakota Access Pipeline Leaks (5/11/2017) - By Jade Begay ( and Nina Smith ( On May 10, 2017, the Indigenous Environmental Network is responding to reports that the Dakota Access Pipeline experienced its first spill at a pumping station near Crandon, South Dakota, [...]
More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new study. Credit: CC0 Public Domain. Climate Change Could Increase ER Visits for Allergy-related Asthma (5/11/2017) - By Nanci Bompey, American Geophysical Union More children could wind up in hospital emergency rooms suffering from allergy-induced asthma if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and cause longer oak pollen seasons, according to a new [...]
One of the Aunt Jemima product labels included with the US FDA recall May 5, 2017. Aunt Jemima Products Recalled, Hungry Man Waffle Meal Too (5/9/2017) - *Updated: on May 9, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert, available here.* Below is the recall notice published May 6, 2017. Pinnacle Foods Inc. [...]
American Red Cross volunteer Bailey Moir surveys the damage in her hometown of Canton, TX after tornadoes swept through this past weekend. Source: PRNewsfoto/American Red Cross. Red Cross Responds to Deadly Severe Weather Across Six States (5/2/2017) - Deadliest Start to Tornado Season in 9 Years The American Red Cross is on the ground across six states, helping people affected by record severe storms, flooding and tornadoes which hit the southern Plains and [...]
Sheetz holding job interviews on May 3, 2017, at all of its 550 locations. Source: PRNewsfoto/Sheetz, Inc. Sheetz Holding Open Job Interviews at All Locations May 3 (5/1/2017) - Sheetz to Hire More Than 3,400 Additional Employees Companywide By Nick Ruffner, On May 1, 2017, Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains for over 65 years, is proud to announce [...]
American Geophysical Union logo. AGU Issues Position Statement on Scientists’ Rights and Responsibilities (5/1/2017) - Scientists Have Rights and Responsibilities to Conduct and Communicate Scientific Work Freely, Openly and with Integrity By Caitlyn Camacho and Josh Speiser, Scientific research in Earth and space sciences advances our understanding of our world and [...]
Source: Friends of Nelson, based in Virginia. Pipeline Would Require Extensive Mountaintop Removal (5/1/2017) - New Research Exposes How Dominion’s Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) Would Decapitate 38 Miles of Ridgelines in Virginia and West Virginia By Denise Robbins (, Anne Havemann (, and Joyce Burton (Friends of Nelson) A briefing paper released today [...]