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U.S. Now Has More Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Than China, Italy and All Other Countries

Global leader:  The United States now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country.   As of mid-day Friday, there were more than 566,000 confirmed cases worldwide, and over 25,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracker.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for COVID-19, but said [...]

Consumer Protection

Here Come the Frauds: From Bogus Vaccine Kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ Coronavirus Cons Begin

The swindles have begun. As Americans struggle to cope with the spread of COVID-19, they will also need to brace themselves for “disaster fraud”—those cons that rely on post-catastrophe chaos to separate people from their money. 

Consumer Protection

Pesticides and Produce: Environmental Group Lists Cleanest and Dirtiest Fruits and Vegetables

An environmental advocacy group is out today with its annual report on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables. Raisin lovers, take note. Nearly all conventionally-grown raisins have traces of two or more pesticides, according to government test data cited in a new report. That's worrisome, says the environmental group that authored the report, because raisins are such a popular children's snack.

Recent Stories

Coronavirus Cases Soar With More Testing, and Lives are Upended in the U.S.

With the numbers soaring as more people get tested, there were more than 46,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., and about 600 deaths by mid-day Tuesday, mostly in New York, Washington and California. Even so, President Trump said he is considering easing social distancing guidelines to help the economy.

Public Health

“I win. I got the most toilet paper.”

Americans are being told to limit public interactions during the coronavirus pandemic, and to stay at home as much as possible. They're also being told not to denude grocery shelves by hoarding food and other essentials. But have these messages at times been contradictory? If people are supposed to avoid venturing out in public, including shopping trips, doesn’t it make sense for them to limit trips by stocking up as much as they can?

Environment

Curbside Quandary: Who Will Fix America’s Ailing Recycling Programs?

Mike Walker has just finished his lunch in the cafeteria at PCC Community Markets in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. On the small table in front of him is a plastic sandwich wrapper, a potato chip bag and an energy drink can. Only one of those three is destined for a recycling bin. And even then, there's no guarantee that the can will end up recycled.

Consumer Protection

Fire Problems Continue to Plague Popular Models of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles

Polaris Industries, which boasts of being a global leader in sales of off-highway vehicles, also has the dubious distinction of being the No. 1 company for recalls, according to a new report.

Recent Stories

Toll Continues to Mount for Pedestrians and Bicyclists, the Victims in One in Five Traffic Deaths

While walking and bicycling have been promoted as ways to get healthy exercise while reducing traffic congestion, air pollution and carbon emissions, the death toll for pedestrians and cyclists has risen sharply. Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths are now about 20 percent of all U.S. traffic fatalities.

Recent Stories

Report Card for the States Rates Those with Best and Worst Laws to Cut Traffic Deaths

Drunk drivers, motorcyclists and young or distracted motorists make up the majority of those involved in fatal vehicle crashes, and many states are failing to pass key safety measures that could prevent such deaths, according to a new report by a highway safety group.

Consumer Protection

Serious Concerns Raised Over FDA’s Capacity to Inspect Overseas Drug Makers

With the U.S. increasingly dependent on foreign manufacturers for prescription and generic drugs, the Food and Drug Administration's problem-plagued efforts to inspect overseas plants are under growing scrutiny.

Environment

Dirty Air and the Human Brain: Does Pollution Poison the Mind?

In recent years, new areas of study have opened up into how air pollution might affect our minds and the way we think and feel. Epidemiologists and neuroscientists have found evidence linking long-term exposure to air pollution with increased incidence of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and other brain maladies.

Labor

Boxed In: Dollar Tree, the Giant Discount Chain, Cited for Job Safety Violations at Dozens of Stores

Run-ins with job safety regulators are routine for Dollar Tree, the huge discount retail chain. A FairWarning investigation found that more than 150 company stores have been cited for safety violations since December 2015, despite a settlement with OSHA in which Dollar Tree agreed to pay $825,000 in penalties and clean up its act.

Consumer Protection

New Study Says Some Marketers of Brain Boosting Supplements are Flouting an FDA Ban

Fifteen years ago, the federal government said “no” to piracetam. The agency hasn’t changed its position. But piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars.