Daily Briefing

Monday

Poor Women in the U.S. Are Giving Birth to Healthier Babies

Babies born to impoverished U.S. women are less healthy than newborns of rich mothers, but the gap has narrowed. While experts agree that government policy has been critical to boosting the health of poor newborns, the improvements aren’t because of a single policy or administration. Rather, they reflect improved access to care, as well as such […]

Thursday

Australia Repeals Laws Requiring Big Companies to Pay for Carbon Emissions

Critics say carbon tax retreat by Australia makes it the first country to reverse progress in fighting climate change. Opposition politicians and environmentalists in Australia reacted with dismay today to the country’s repeal of laws requiring large companies to pay for carbon emissions. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to repeal the carbon tax after Prime Minister […]

Wednesday

United Nations Report Says AIDS Epidemic Could Be Brought Under Control by 2030

Global assessment finds that, “More than ever before, there is hope that ending AIDS is possible.” In a report released ahead of next week’s international AIDS conference in Australia, the United Nations AIDS program said the number of people infected with HIV was stabilizing at around 35 million worldwide. The epidemic has killed about half of […]

Tuesday

EPA Wants Automakers to Prove Mileage Claims With Improved Road Testing

Inflated fuel-economy claims prompt regulator to propose more realistic mileage evaluations. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that automakers carry out new road tests to back up the mileage claims on the vehicles they sell. The proposal, which would require a public comment period, comes after several high-profile cases in which estimates provided by Ford, Hyundai […]

Monday

Samsung Electronics Halts Business With Supplier After Finding Evidence It Used Child Labor

In a reversal, Samsung Electronics says a preliminary probe reveals a possible “illegal hiring process” by a contractor. The giant South Korean company said today it has suspended business with a supplier factory in southern China based on its latest findings. The move follows accusations last week by the watchdog group China Labor Watch that Samsung […]

Thursday

Researchers Find That Use of Antibiotics Has Surged Worldwide

From 2000 to 2010, sales of antibiotics globally climbed 36 percent. The finding by a team led by Princeton researchers, published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, comes from the first study to look at global antibiotic consumption in the 21st century. One of the key conclusions: More people in poor countries are getting lifesaving drugs, […]

Wednesday

Improperly Stored Vials of Smallpox Discovered at U.S. Lab

For the second time in a month, government mishandling of potentially deadly pathogens comes to light. A scientist cleaning out a storage room last week at a lab on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md., found six vials of smallpox. The vials, which appear to date from the 1950s, were flown to the […]

Tuesday

GM Resists Recalling Pickup Trucks and SUVs for Corrosion-Related Brake Failures

Automaker calls brake problems a maintenance issue, not worthy of a recall, despite 1,000 complaints. Even in a year when General Motors — under pressure from regulators and lawmakers — has issued 54 recalls covering nearly 26 million vehicles in the U.S., there may be limits in how far it is willing to go in its […]

Monday

More Than a Year After the Start of a Salmonella Outbreak, Foster Farms Makes First Recall

Poultry giant Foster Farms will recall contaminated chicken from 3 California plants. Public health investigators have tied tainted chicken to an outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg that has, since March 2013, sickened more than 600 people in 29 states and Puerto Rico. U.S. authorities, however, had not previously established a direct link between the ongoing outbreak and a specific Foster Farms […]

Thursday

Chrysler Pressured to Speed Repairs for Jeep SUVs Linked to Deadly Fuel-Tank Fires

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demands an explanation of why Chrysler is taking so long to fix Jeeps. A year ago Chrysler agreed to recall 1.56 million vehicles and install trailer hitches to protect their fuel tanks in a rear-end crash. But the company said in April it won’t have parts to begin making repairs […]