National news from across the United States of America.

One label from SK Food Group recall including North Carolina distribution. Source: USDA FSIS Dozens of Products, over 3 Million Pounds of Food, Recalled for Potential Salmonella and Listeria Contamination (10/20/2018) - A spate of product recalls issued this week cover approximately 3,176,715 pounds of food products spread across dozens of brands.  All are believed to be related to potentially-contaminated corn, tomatillos, onion, or unspecified vegetables. Distribution of [...]
One label in dozens released with the JBS Tolleson beef products recall. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service How Many Cows in 6.5 Million Pounds? Possible Salmonella Contamination Leads to Big Beef Recall (10/4/2018) - JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 6,500,966 pounds of various raw, non-intact beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced [...]
Members of Coast Guard Station Islamorada place an injured sea turtle into a container of water Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 to be transported to the Marathon-based Turtle Hospital. The station crew rescued the injured turtle approximately 2 miles southeast of Plantation Key. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Brandt US Coast Guard and Florida Partner Agencies Rescue Injured Sea Turtle (9/18/2018) - The Coast Guard and partner agencies rescued an injured sea turtle Tuesday approximately two miles southeast of Plantation Key island, Florida. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Station Islamorada received a call at approximately 2pm from the Turtle Hospital reporting an [...]
Hurricane Florence track, port condition set to x-ray. Source: US Coast Guard Coast Guard Sets Port Condition X-ray in Charleston SC (9/11/2018) - Effective 8am Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition X-ray for the Port of Charleston, South Carolina, and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of [...]
US Coast Guard Responding to Diesel Spill Near Port Reading, New Jersey (9/7/2018) - The Coast Guard is responding to a diesel fuel spill that occurred in the Arthur Kill Waterway near Port Reading, New Jersey, Thursday night, September 6, 2018. At approximately 7:15pm, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector [...]
National Book Festival image. Source: Library of Congress National Book Festival Draws Tens of Thousands of Book Lovers (9/2/2018) - Next Year’s Festival Set for August 31, 2019 at Washington Convention Center Book lovers of all ages came together by the tens of thousands to celebrate reading and meet their favorite authors Saturday at the 18th-annual [...]
Coast Guard Safety Zone Established Tonight around Unexploded Ordnance in WA (8/28/2018) - The evening of August 28, 2018, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port has established a temporary 1,500-yard safety zone around an unexploded ordnance drifting south and currently in the vicinity of the Brownsville Marina [...]
One of series of images releaed by NASA that shows carbon monoxide (in orange/red) from California's massive wildfires drifting east across the US. It was produced using data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite. Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech Carbon Monoxide from California Wildfires Drifts East (8/14/2018) - California is being plagued by massive wildfires, and the effects on air quality from those fires can extend far beyond the state’s borders. In addition to ash and smoke, fires release carbon monoxide into the [...]
Join NASA at the 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show, August 17-19, 2018. Source: NASA NASA to Celebrate 60th Anniversary at Chicago Air and Water Show (8/7/2018) - Join NASA at the 2018 Chicago Air and Water Show and help celebrate the agency’s 60th Anniversary.  A “NASA Village” full of exhibits will be open during the free airshow August 17-19, 2018, from 10am [...]
New CT scanner. Source: Transportation Security Administration, US Department of Homeland Security TSA Rolling Out New X-ray Technology at 15 Airports (8/5/2018) - On July 30, 2018, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced its  plan to test computed tomography (CT) scanners, a state-of-the-art 3-D technology at select US airport checkpoints. This new technology is intended by TSA to [...]
Phil Reed, SELC founding trustee, talented attorney and committed environmental advocate; 1946-1993. Source: SELC, Charlottesville VA. SELC Calls for Submissions for Phil Reed Environmental Writing Awards (8/5/2018) - The Southern Environmental Law Center is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Phillip D. Reed Environmental Writing Awards. Nominations are welcome from anyone, including readers, authors and publishers. Presented each year during the Virginia Festival [...]
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 [...]