National news from across the United States of America.

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 [...]
One of the labels for hash browns recalled for golf ball material contamination. Source: US FDA. Hash Browns Recalled for “Extraneous Golf Ball Materials” (4/27/2017) - *Updated April 27, 2017* McCain Foods USA, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Frozen Hash Browns to include Wegman’s Retail Brand On April 26, 2017, McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced it was expanding the voluntary recall [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]