National news from across the United States of America.

The boundaries of the National Weather Service’s forecast zones for freezing spray conditions for Feb. 11, 2017, are illustrated over a map of the Destination’s trackline. The Destination capsized and subsequently sank after an accumulation of ice on the vessel and its fishing gear after encountering forecasted heavy freezing spray conditions. NTSB graphic, background courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center. Source: National Transportation Safety Board NTSB issues Safety Alert after Icing Incident Last Year Cost Lives (7/19/2018) - On July 12, 2018, The National Transportation Safety Board issued a marine accident brief and a related safety alert, warning mariners of the dangers of icing following the agency’s investigation of the sinking of the fishing vessel Destination. The [...]
Marriott International is phasing out plastic straws in favor of alternative straws when requested. Source: PRNewsfoto/Marriott International, Inc. Marriott International Latest to Announce End to Plastic Straws (7/18/2018) - Marriott International on July 18, 2018 announced that it has adopted a plan to remove disposable plastic straws and plastic stirrers from its more than 6,500 properties across 30 brands around the world. Once fully [...]
Scooby-Doo Stamps were issued on July 14, 2018. Source: United States Postal Service Scooby Stamps Now Available at US Post Offices Nationwide (7/16/2018) - “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” The answer: in Post Offices everywhere! The newest addition to the 2018 Forever Stamp program celebrates the beloved animated Great Dane Scooby-Doo, brought to you by the United States Postal Service [...]
Fundraiser Announced for Sickle Cell Medical Cannabis Clinical Trial  (7/15/2018) - On July 13, 2018, in recognition of World Sickle Cell Day, a coalition led by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. (SCFG), announced a fund-raising campaign to launch the first clinical trials investigating the efficacy of [...]
Notice: 42nd assembly of the Committee on Space Research, COSPAR 2018 in Pasadena, California. “City of Astronomy” to Host COSPAR Gathering of Space Experts (7/11/2018) - From July 14 to 22, 2018, the world’s leading experts in space science, including some from NASA, will gather in Pasadena, California — informally known as the City of Astronomy — for the 42nd assembly of [...]
One of several vegetable trays identified with the US FDA Del Monte recall and outbreak. Del Monte Vegetable Trays Recalled, Related to Outbreak of Illness (7/9/2018) - Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (“Del Monte Fresh”) in mid-June 2018 announced the voluntary recall of a limited quantity of 6 oz., 12 oz., and 28 oz. vegetable trays containing fresh broccoli, cauliflower, celery [...]
Coast Guard Air Station Savannah MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three boaters after their vessel capsized June 19, 2018. Source: US Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station Savannah Coast Guard Rescues Boaters after Vessel Capsizes near St. Catherines Island (6/19/2018) - The Coast Guard rescued three boaters Tuesday after their vessel capsized near St. Catherines Island, Georgia. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Charleston received a call from a good Samaritan at 12:45pm stating while flying his plane he saw a capsized vessel with [...]
Teachers at Glenn’s 2017, Powered and Pumped Up workshop, develop skills to execute NASA’s content. Credits: NASA NASA Glenn Selects After-school Programs for “Powered and Pumped Up” Challenge (6/4/2018) - NASA’s Glenn Research Center recently selected 13 after-school programs to implement science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content using NASA’s Engineering Design Challenge: Powered and Pumped Up. The organizations were selected from competitive proposals involving [...]
Labels released with Hormel recall May 2018. Source: USDA FSIS SPAM, Luncheon Loaf, Recalled for Potential Metal Bits (5/30/2018) - Hormel Foods Corporation Recalls Canned Pork and Chicken Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination Hormel Food Corp., a Fremont, NE establishment, is recalling approximately 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may [...]
In early 2017, the Western United States experienced rain and flooding from a series of storms flowing to America on multiple streams of moist air, each individually known as an atmospheric river. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Climate Change May Lead to Bigger Atmospheric Rivers (5/27/2018) - A new NASA-led study shows that climate change is likely to intensify extreme weather events known as atmospheric rivers across most of the globe by the end of this century, while slightly reducing their number. [...]
Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Honors Colorado and Michigan Libraries for Service to Blind Readers (5/17/2018) - The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress will honor two of its cooperating libraries for their outstanding service in 2017 to readers who are visually or [...]
California Makes Historic Decision to Incorporate Solar On All New Homes (5/9/2018) - On May 9, 2018, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) welcomed California’s approval of a new policy that will require virtually all new homes in the state to incorporate solar panels starting in 2020. The [...]
ASTER image acquired May 6, 2018 picks up hotspots on the thermal infrared bands - shown in yellow. These hotspots are newly formed fissures and lava flows. Source: NASA NASA Satellite Images Show Fissures from Hawaii Volcano (5/8/2018) - The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano. The fissures and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas [...]
Two of the many labels released with this smoked sausage product recall. Source: USDA FSIS Yet Another Recall for Potential Hard Plastic Bits in Ground Meats (5/5/2018) - Already in 2018, hundreds of thousands of pounds of food have been recalled, and wasted, for contamination by extraneous materials. For each of these recalls, customers were warned against eating the products. Whether  thrown away, [...]
This artist's concept shows the InSight lander, its sensors, cameras and instruments. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s First Mission to Study the Interior of Mars Awaits Launch on May 5 (5/4/2018) - All systems are go for NASA’s next launch to the Red Planet. The early-morning liftoff on Saturday of the Mars InSight lander will mark the first time in history an interplanetary launch will originate from the [...]
National Book Festival 2018 poster. Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress and Mid-Atlantic Public Libraries Kick Off Summer Essay Contest (5/2/2018) - Rising 5th and 6th Graders Asked to Write About “A Book That Shaped Me” The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, to [...]
Farmer harvesting industrial hemp. Source: NC Industrial Hemp Association, ncindhemp.org. Hemp, Inc. Applauds Oklahoma for Becoming 37th State to Legalize Hemp (5/1/2018) - On April 30, 2018, Hemp, Inc. announced that the company applauds Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing legislation that will allow Oklahoma farmers to grow hemp. Gov. Fallin signed House Bill 2913 on April 23, 2018, which [...]
US HHS Purchases Anthrax Antitoxin for Strategic National Stockpile (4/25/2018) - Acquisition Augments Anthrax Treatments Currently Stockpiled The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will purchase an anthrax treatment for $25.2 million from Elusys [...]
Solar panels on Staten Island Target. Source: Solar Energy Industries Association Corporations Are Leading US Solar Surge (4/20/2018) - America’s top companies are investing in solar in record amounts, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) new Solar Means Business 2017 report, which tracks on-site commercial solar installations and ranks top corporate solar users. This [...]
Leonard Bernstein conducting Young People's Concerts publicity photo, 1964. Source: US Library of Congress Library of Congress Announces Leonard Bernstein Collection (4/11/2018) - Bernstein’s Birth Centennial Celebration May 12-19 Features Variety of Events In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, the Library of Congress has made available online — for the first time — musical manuscripts and scrapbooks [...]
Source: NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Shapeshifters, Biobots, and Visionary Tech? NASA Says Yes And Invests (3/31/2018) - NASA is investing in technology concepts that include meteoroid impact detection, space telescope swarms and small orbital debris mapping technologies that may one day be used for future space exploration missions. Five of the concepts [...]
One of the two Member's Mark can sizes in Tony Downs Food Company canned chicken recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Canned Chicken Recalled for Foreign Matter Contamination (3/31/2018) - Tony Downs Food Company, Inc., a Madelia, Minnesota establishment, is recalling approximately 96,384 pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and [...]
The Advanced Supersonic Parachute Inflation Research Experiment (ASPIRE) 2 payload undergoes testing in the sounding rocket payload facility at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility, Wallops Island, Virginia, prior to transport to the launch pad on Wallops Island. Credits: NASA/Berit Bland NASA to Launch Parachute Test off Virginia Coast on Mar. 27 (3/20/2018) - NASA will test a parachute for possible future missions to Mars from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Live coverage of the test begins at 6:15am (EDT) on the Wallops’ Ustream. The launch [...]
Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson blessing solar panels at St. Alban's Parish, Washington DC. Photo: Carlo La Porta The Faithful Are Organizing Climate Action Events (3/19/2018) - Faith Climate Action Week, being celebrated from April 14- 22, 2018 as part of international Earth Day, is a US faith movement focused on finding solutions to climate change. Each year, faith communities around the country hold [...]
Label released with the Johnsonville recall March 2018. Source: USDA Recall Issued for Smoked Sausage Possibly Contaminated with Hard Plastic (3/15/2018) - Johnsonville Recalls Smoked Pork Sausage Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination On March 15, 2018, Johnsonville, LLC recalled approximately 109,603 pounds of smoked pork sausage products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the [...]
Husqvarna's robotic mower, Automower, features Amazon Alexa integration, starting September 1, 2018. Source: PRNewsfoto/Husqvarna The Strange-ness: “Just ask Alexa!” to Mow The Lawn (3/15/2018) - Husqvarna robotic mowers will be compatible with the cloud-based voice service Alexa On March 15, 2018, at a press event in Aycliffe, United Kingdom, Husqvarna demonstrated the functions of “Just ask Alexa” and future Amazon Alexa [...]
Zoohackathon logo. Source: Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Zoohackathon 2018 Dates Announced (3/15/2018) - “Coding to End Wildlife Trafficking” The Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) in partnership with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) will host the third annual global [...]
NASA Pi Day Challenge 2018, to be released on March 9, features the agency's InSight Mars lander, Kepler space telescope, and Juno spacecraft at Jupiter -- plus a visit from an interstellar object. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech Celebrate March 14 “Pi Day” The NASA Way (3/7/2018) - March 14 is Pi Day, a celebration of the beloved number known as pi. JPL is celebrating Pi Day with the fifth annual “Pi in the Sky” illustrated math challenge, featuring pi-related space problems that [...]