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Friday

Black market for body parts grows in Europe. Facing grinding poverty, some Europeans are seeking to sell their kidneys, lungs, bone marrow or corneas, experts say. The spread of illegal organ sales into Europe has been abetted by the Internet, a global shortage of organs for transplants and, in some cases, unscrupulous traffickers ready to…

Thursday

Bid to delay rail safety systems dropped from federal transportation bill. As FairWarning has reported, railroad industry lobbyists have backed calls by Congressional Republicans to delay the deadline to install high-tech safety systems known as Positive Train Control. The systems, also known as PTC, can override human error and automatically put the brakes on trains…

Wednesday

Regulators approve the first new prescription diet drug in 13 years. The anti-obesity drug cleared today by the Food and Drug Administration — Lorcaserin, which will sold under the name Belviq –comes from San Diego-based Arena Pharmaceuticals. It works on brain chemistry to create a feeling of fullness. Lorcaserin was rejected by an FDA advisory…

Tuesday

Improved U.S. aviation safety record undercuts push for further protections. In all, 140 airline passengers have been killed since 2002, and the last U.S. accident involving a large jetliner was in November 2001. The Federal Aviation Administration is going ahead with new rules to combat pilot fatigue but, based on the projected costs of the…

Monday

U.S. Supreme Court reaffirms decision allowing corporations to spend freely to influence elections. The justices today struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending. By a 5-4 vote, the court’s conservative justices said their decision in the Citizens United case in 2010 applies to state campaign finance laws and guarantees corporate and union interests…

Friday

Underground waste and injection wells may pose unexpected hazards. Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of geology as an invisible dumping ground. No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into rivers or onto soil….

Thursday

With Japan poised to restart two nuclear reactors, contingency plans for evacuations still aren’t ready. Japan is lifting its nuclear freeze following last year’s Fukushima Daiichi disaster and is about to restart two reactors at Ohi. But in the event of a meltdown, the only route for escaping or for sending help would be a…

Wednesday

Senate blocks a GOP-led effort to scuttle curbs on mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants. The rejection of the resolution by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., staves off what would have been a stinging election-year rebuke of the White House green agenda. Five Republicans joined 48 Democrats in blocking Inhofe’s measure. It was intended to overturn Environmental…

Tuesday

Report points to widespread killings of environmental activists. The report from Global Witness, a human rights group, said at least 106 people were killed worldwide in environmental disputes in 2011, nearly double the total from two years earlier. Many of the killings came in resource-rich countries such as Brazil, Indonesia and Peru. Often the victims…

Monday

Black lung disease detected among miners who work in surface coal mines. The disease, normally associated with underground coal mining, was documented in miners who work above ground in a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers found that 46 of 2,257 surface miners tested during 2010-11 had black…