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Little progress toward goal of cutting U.S. food waste in half

While 1 in 8 Americans are considered to be “food insecure,” an estimated 40 percent of the nation’s supply of fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat goes to waste, discarded by farmers, retailers, restaurant owners and households.... Read more»

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Most states legalizing pot growing have yet to grapple with power demand

States legalizing cannabis so far have done little to limit or even track the huge amounts of energy needed to grow it indoors. ... Read more»

Golf, pesticides and a father's death

The death of filmmaker Andrew Nisker’s father, Harold, of cancer in 2014 led him on a search for truth about golf courses and pesticide use.... Read more»

Safety agency probes data breach amid complaints about muzzling disclosure of hazards

The Consumer Product Safety Commission improperly informed some members of the public about potentially risky merchandise without first getting approval from the industry it regulates. ... Read more»

Worker advocates burned up over lack of federal heat protections

OSHA has yet to establish a heat standard that would give employers specific requirements regarding water, rest breaks and shade. ... Read more»

Deaths mount from high-speed police pursuits

At least 1,594 deaths in police chases occurred from 2014 through 2017 — an average of 399 a year. That’s the largest four-year total since NHTSA began tracking fatal vehicle crashes in 1979. Nearly 300 of those killed from 2014 through 2017 were bystanders.... Read more»

Bug bombs are duds at killing pests, yet pose health risks for people

A new study has found that bug bombs, which are used by millions of Americans to kill insects such as cockroaches, often fail to eradicate those pests and yet expose consumers to potential health risks.... Read more»

Labor Dep't waters down injury reporting rule targeted by business

A requirement that employers disclose more information about worker injuries to safety officials and the public has been scaled back by the Trump administration.... Read more»

With smack-talking invective, lawyer groups appeal to public as one big jury pool

Athletes are legendary trash talkers. But the business groups that howl about bogus lawsuits and plaintiff lawyers who claim to fight for ordinary folks victimized by corporations aren’t exactly slouches either. Here's Exhibit A:... Read more»

Number of tire-related deaths may be undercounted

Without saying why, federal traffic safety officials have quietly altered crash data, revealing that more than three times as many people die in wrecks linked to tire failures than previously acknowledged.... Read more»

Efforts mounting to bar gun possession by those convicted of animal cruelty

Scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that a person who abuses animals also has a higher likelihood of hurting other people, so state and federal level are pushing to slap a no-gun penalty on anyone convicted of animal cruelty. ... Read more»

Critics: Safety takes a back seat in Senate bill on driverless cars

Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars — a proposal that, critics say, lacks safeguards needed to protect the public and largely would let vehicle manufacturers regulate themselves.... Read more»

Critics say ‘whoa’ to federal moves to rein in wild horses

The number of wild horses in the West has soared, but animal welfare groups bristle at measures to control them, including eased limits on sales of captured horses to private parties — which raises fears about the animals possibly being funneled to slaughterhouses to become food for pets and people. ... Read more»

Johnson & Johnson

$4.69 billion verdict in baby powder-ovarian cancer case

The legal assault on Johnson & Johnson and its signature baby powder reached new heights Thursday, as a Missouri jury found the company responsible for the ovarian cancers of 22 women, and ordered the drug giant to pay $4.69 billion in damages to the cancer victims or their survivors.... Read more»

Wireless industry uses 1st Amendment as cudgel in battle against safety warnings

Few people know that there are federal safety limits for exposure to the weak radiation emitted by cellphones and other wireless devices. There often is language about this embedded right in our phones, but finding it requires knowing where to look, wading through sometimes five or more steps and then making sense of the technical jargon. ... Read more»

CarPlay, Android less distracting than built-in auto infotainment, still not safe

Automakers have packed many of their new models with distracting infotainment features that allow drivers not only to play music and get directions, but to talk, text and use social media while tooling down the road. Now new research has found that two popular smartphone-based systems –Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto – are somewhat simpler and safer to use than the built-in electronics.... Read more»

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