National news from across the United States of America.

National Night Out 2017 logo Take to the Streets for National Night Out (7/20/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor National Night Out (NNO) is “a community-police awareness-raising event in the United States.” Municipalities or their police departments generally organize NNO events for the first Tuesday in August, though some locations choose [...]
Last Year, Top CEOs Took Home 271 Times More than Typical Workers (7/20/2017) - By Dan Crawford/Kayla Blado, Economic Policy Institute In a recent report, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) President Lawrence Mishel and research assistant Jessica Schieder examine trends in CEO compensation using two comprehensive measures — tracking the value [...]
Photo by celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill available from ArtStar via The Rolling Stones outside St. George's Church in Hanover Square, London, January 17, 1964. Clockwise from bottom left: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Brian Jones (1942 - 1969). Source: PRNewsfoto/ Rare Rolling Stones Photos on the Auction Block (7/20/2017) - On July 19, 2017, online search service for arts, antiques and collectibles, is bringing iconic photography of music legends, the Rolling Stones, to art collectors and music lovers alike. Images of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the rest [...]
Source: US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Solar in the Spotlight with Dept. of Energy Photography Contest (7/19/2017) - On July 17, 2017, the US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative kicked off its “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest. The contest will award prizes up to $2,500 to those who submit the best [...]
One of several brands and products recalled. Source: USDA. Recall of Over 7 Million Pounds of Hot Dogs, Sausage for Bone Contamination (7/15/2017) - Marathon Enterprises Inc. Recalls Hot Dog Products Due to Possible Extraneous Material Contamination Class I Recall — This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will [...]
Colorado Baby Box contents. Source: The Baby Box Co. Colorado is 5th US State to Join the Baby Box Movement (7/12/2017) - Baby Box University Program to Kick Off with Focus on Integrating Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep Fundamentals, Arvada Event On July 10, 2017, The Baby Box Co., the company behind the global initiative to equip expecting [...]
Zebulon NC Municipal Complex flags flying at half staff on July 12, 2017. NC Lowering Flags in Tribute to 16 Service Members Killed in Plane Crash (7/11/2017) - By Kay Whatley, Editor On July 11, 2017, Governor Roy Cooper ordered all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, July 12, [...]
US HUD Awards $50 Milllion in Housing Counseling Grants, $1.3 Million in NC (7/7/2017) - Funding Intended to Help Families Find and Keep Their Homes By Brian Sullivan (US Department of Housing and Urban Development) On July 6, 2017, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than [...]
Figure from the USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement - April, 2017 on GE Eucalyptus. Opposition to USDA Proposal to Legalize Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees (7/6/2017) - A Quarter of a Million People Say NO to First-Ever GE Forest Tree Well over a quarter of a million people and 500 organizations submitted comments yesterday rejecting the commercialization of ArborGen Inc.’s genetically engineered [...]
Aerial view of NASA's Plum Brook Station in Ohio. Credit: NASA NASA Glenn Research Center to Hold Lottery for Ohio Deer Hunting (7/5/2017) - NASA Announces Dates for Plum Brook Deer Hunts By Heather O’Dell and Debbie Lockhart, NASA Glenn Research Center NASA’s Glenn Research Center and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Division of Wildlife are teaming up again [...]
All Endangered Species condom packages for giveaway were designed by Lori Lieber with artwork by Shawn DiCriscio ©2015. The Strange-ness: Endangered Species Condoms Given Away for World Population Day (7/3/2017) - New Museum Program Highlights Effect of Human Population Growth on Wildlife By Sarah Baillie, Hundreds of free Endangered Species Condoms will be given away at Chicago’s Lincoln Park  Zoo on Thursday, July 6, 2017, as [...]
Grizzly Bear on Swan Lake Flats in June 2005. Photo: Jim Peaco, National Park Service, via Fight Begins to Maintain Protections for Yellowstone Grizzly Bears (7/2/2017) - Conservationists Signal Impending Legal Challenge Over Removal of Federal Safeguards By Matthew Bishop and Kelly Nokes, Western Environmental Law Center On June 30, 2017, WildEarth Guardians notified the US Fish and Wildlife Service it will sue the agency over [...]
Judge Says “Democracy Is Broken” as Court Declines to Oversee Drone Killing (7/2/2017) - By Katherine O’Shea, A senior judge has today described American democracy as “broken” and Congressional oversight a “joke” in failing to check the US drone killing program. In a concurring opinion in the DC [...]
Screenshot of earthquake locations in NASA animation. Oklahoma Earthquakes: Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State (6/30/2017) - NASA-led Study Examines Geology of Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake By Alan Buis, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature’s whims. From tornadoes and floods to wildfires and winter storms, the state sees more than [...]
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 [...]