National news from across the United States of America.

Fossil Free U.S. Launches with Events on Jan. 31 (1/10/2018) - Launches Fossil Free US Campaign in Large-Scale Event the Day After the State of the Union The day after the State of the Union, will launch Fossil Free U.S. in an immediate rebuke of the [...]
Regal Entertainment Group-4DX logo. Source: PRNewsfoto/Regal Entertainment Group New DC Cinema with 4DX: You Must Be Tall Enough To Ride (1/7/2018) - Groundbreaking Immersive Movie Experience Now Open Regal Entertainment Group, a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating one of the largest theatre circuits in the United States, announces that Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 will be the [...]
At Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, a Great Blue Heron surveys the area. Photo Credit: Jackie Orsulak US Fish and Wildlife Service Offers Birding Festivals Year-round (1/3/2018) - By Vanessa Kauffman, National wildlife refuges are home to more than 700 species of birds. More than 200 national wildlife refuges were established especially to protect, manage and restore habitat for migratory birds. So [...]
Source: North Carolina State Parks, Start The Year Connecting with Nature — First Day Hikes (12/26/2017) - North Carolina State Parks Offer Hiking, Special Events, to Herald New Year A North Carolina New Year’s tradition of family adventure, exercise and reconnection with nature continues in 2018 with First Day Hikes in North [...]
US Dept of Agriculture Issues “Permit” for Santa’s Reindeer (12/22/2017) - On December 22, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a movement permit to Mr. S. Claus of the North Pole, a broker with Worldwide Gifts, Unlimited. The [...]
Wisdom brooding chick February 8, 2013. Photo: John Klavitter USFWS The Strange-ness: World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick (12/21/2017) - ***UPDATE December 21, 2017*** Wisdom the “Oldest Known Wild Bird” has returned to Midway Atoll. According to the folks at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Wisdom has returned for her 67th year and and is [...]
One of the PFP Enterprises LLC recalled products: beef found to contain soy. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Soy Found in Beef Shipped to Texas School (12/21/2017) - PFP Enterprises LLC, also doing business as Texas Meat Packers, a Fort Worth, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 7,570 pounds of ground beef products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the US Department of [...]
How many birds will you spot and identify during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count? Photo: Kay Whatley Grab Binoculars: 118th Audubon Christmas Bird Count Needs You (12/18/2017) - World’s Longest-running Wildlife Census Contributes Invaluable Data to Bird Population Research For the 118th year, the National Audubon Society is organizing its annual Christmas Bird Count. Between December 14, 2017 and January 5, 2018, tens of thousands [...]
The Press Forward logo Journalists Organize to Make Newsrooms Safe Work Environments (12/16/2017) - A group of current and former TV journalists have created a bold initiative called Press Forward, an independent and nonpartisan effort to stop sexual harassment and assault in local and national newsrooms, ensure safe working [...]
Students eating lunch in cafeteria. Source: Food and Nutrition Services, USDA. Tell USDA What You Think of The School Lunch Program (12/14/2017) - USDA Seeks Public Input on Child Nutrition Food Crediting On December 14, 2017, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) opened a commenting period for the public to submit ideas on food crediting, which is their [...]
Scenes from 2017 National Film Register inductees "The Goonies" and "Thelonius Monk: Straight No Chaser". Source: Library of Congress Library of Congress Announces 2017 National Film Registry Selections (12/13/2017) - ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,’ ‘Titanic,’ ‘Superman,’ Among the Titles Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today, December 13, 2017, announced the 2017 selections to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  Selected for [...]
This image offers landmark references to a photo captured from NASA's ER-2 high-altitude science platform carrying JPL's AVIRIS spectrometer instrument as it flies over the Thomas Fire in Ventura County in California on Dec. 7, 2017. Credit: NASA/Tim Williams NASA Airborne Science Team Surveys California Fires (12/9/2017) - A team of NASA scientists is using a high-altitude aircraft and a sophisticated imaging spectrometer built by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study environmental impacts caused by the devastating Southern California wildfires. [...]
Part of the new map showing subsidence rates in millimeters per year. Locations A through G are areas of unusually high subsidence. CHR1, LOY1, LOY2 and LSO3 are GPS stations. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA Finds Virginia Metro Area Is Sinking Unevenly (11/28/2017) - By Carol Rasmussen, NASA’s Earth Science News Team A new NASA-led study shows that land in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few trouble spots subsiding 7 to [...]
Union of Concerned Scientists logo Study: In Cities Across the Country, Driving Electric Is Cheaper Than Gasoline (11/28/2017) - New Study Shows Electric Vehicles Cheaper to Operate, Maintain Than Conventional Cars By Seth D. Michaels, Union of Concerned Scientists It’s much cheaper to charge a car than fill it with gasoline, according to the [...]
JPL engineers recently finished developing three drones and the artificial intelligence needed for them to navigate an obstacle course by themselves. As a test of these algorithms, they raced the drones against a professional human pilot. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Human Versus Artificial Intelligence in NASA/Google Drone Race (11/21/2017) - By Andrew Good, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Drone racing is a high-speed sport demanding instinctive reflexes — but humans won’t be the only competitors for long. Researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, put [...]
Grant Awarded to Improve Asthma Care with the Navajo Nation (11/14/2017) - By Adam Dormuth (National Jewish Health) and Jean Spinelli (UA Health Sciences) An $8.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will bring to the Navajo Nation two widely successful programs that will aim [...]
Turkey deep frying. Source: US Dept of Agriculture USDA Urges Safety in Turkey Deep Frying (11/12/2017) - Don’t Make Turkey Frying a Disastrous Situation By Archie Magoulas, USDA/FSIS Technical Information Specialist Thanksgiving Day is full of family get-togethers, giving thanks, lots of food and some turkey deep frying horror stories. From homes burning [...]
One of the labels released by USDA FSIS with Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. Recall November 9, 2017. Empire Kosher Poultry Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Metal Contamination (11/10/2017) - Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a Mifflintown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,839 pounds of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection [...]
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Source: US Fish and Wildlife Service Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Danger (11/9/2017) - On Thursday, November 9, 2017, environmental groups responded to new legislation aimed at drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The legislation was proposed by a US Senator Wednesday night. The groups’ statements follow. More information on the [...]
Nestle Prepared Foods Company Recalls Pork and Beef Products (11/8/2017) - 26,400 Pounds of Products, Which Were Donated to Charity, Are Being Recalled Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens Nestle Prepared Foods Company, a Mount Sterling, Kentucky establishment, is recalling approximately 26,400 pounds of pork and [...]
FDA Declines to Stop Soda Companies from Advertising Artificially-sweetened Soda as “Diet” (11/8/2017) - By Gary Ruskin, The US Food and Drug Administration has denied a petition asking it to stop Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. from using the term “diet” in advertising, branding and labeling of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, because [...]
The Back Forty mine project site borders the Menominee River and is located within a Menominee cultural landscape that includes tribal burial grounds, ancient agricultural sites, and ceremonial sites of cultural significance to the Menominee Tribe. Photo: Wisconsin Dept of Natural Resources Wisconsin Tribe Takes Action to Protect River (11/7/2017) - Lawsuit Aims to Ensure Clean Water Act Protections for Regionally and Nationally Important Waters On November 6, 2017, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (“Tribe”), represented by Earthjustice, gave legal notice of intent to pursue [...]
Some of the labels USDA released with recall. Pork, Chicken Burrito/Wrap Items Recalled for Possible Listeria (11/2/2017) - Chelsea Food Services, doing business as Journey Cuisine, a Denver, Colorado establishment, is recalling approximately 28,064 pounds of pork and chicken burritos and wrap products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the US Department of [...]
NIFA to Support Food and Nutrition Education for Low-Income Communities (11/1/2017) - On November 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced support to develop local and self-reliant food systems, such as farm to table enterprises that bring [...]
One of the many products affected under the Mann Produce recall for possible Listeria contamination. Source: US FDA “Minimally Processed” Vegetable Products Recalled for Possible Listeria (10/26/2017) - Originally published October 23; updated October 26, 2017 with additional recalls at end. On October 19, 2017, Mann Packing of Salinas, California issued a voluntarily recall of minimally processed vegetable products for possible contaminated with Listeria [...]
Logo Source: Sierra Club Sierra Club Demands Investigation of Puerto Rico Energy Contract (10/25/2017) - The Sierra Club is demanding an immediate demand for Congress to investigate the circumstances surrounding the awarding of a three hundred million dollar ($300,000,000) electric reconstruction contract to a small Montana firm of two employees, [...]
Letters About Literature program, by the US Library of Congress. Library of Congress Kicks Off Writing Competition for Young Readers (10/24/2017) - By Benny Seda-Galarza, Kathleen McGuigan, and Laura Rivas The Letters About Literature program kicks off its 25th annual competition, run by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, with a special webinar for educators interested [...]
USDA Provides Support for Hurricane-Impacted Dairies in Puerto Rico (10/19/2017) -  In the wake of the 2017 hurricanes, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing emergency assistance to dairy operators in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. USDA is preparing for signup to begin October [...]