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Government Watchdogs Muzzled by Shutdown, Along With Everyone Else

Environmental and financial investigations, along with probes of deadly crashes, stall while federal agencies remain on hiatus

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As Evidence Mounted on Miners’ Toxic Dust Exposures, Feds Did Nothing

An epidemic of advanced black lung disease spread over Appalachia, killing more and more coal miners, while regulators sat on their hands

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President Trump’s Rx for Deadly Wildfires: Better ‘Raking and Cleaning’

Administration officials blame mismanagement of forests and "radical environmentalists" for massive California blazes.

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Amid Hellacious Wildfires in California, About What You’d Expect from the White House

President Trump blames deadly blazes on state mismanagement of the forests, drawing outrage from a firefighters labor leader.

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Long-Running Government Study Finds Cellphone Radiation Causes Cancer in Rats

Despite federal assurance that the research doesn't apply to people, critics say the results raise health concerns for children and others.

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Lawmaking After a Massacre

In the year after the slaughter that killed 58 people on the Las Vegas strip, state lawmakers have had mixed success in passing new gun control measures.

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Feds Pressure E-cigarette Makers, Blasting ‘Epidemic of Addiction’ Among Teens

Authorities told JUUL and four other makers of e-cigarettes that they have 60 days to submit a plan addressing the problem, while also sending more than 1,300 warning letters to retailers that it said illegally sold e-cigarette products to teens.

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Trump Administration Granting Wish Lists for Coal, Oil and Gas

A hat-trick for the energy industry: The Trump administration is once again turning energy industry hopes into reality, with a plan to make it easier for oil and gas wells to leak methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Coral Davenport of The New York Times reports that the [...]

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Social Media Campaigns by Big Tobacco Spur Call for Investigation

There's a new Marlboro Man, and she's an Instagram influencer: Actually, there are many, according to a petition filed by public health advocacy groups asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate tobacco companies' use of social media campaigns to lure young customers. "The tobacco companies are engaging in the same marketing [...]

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EPA Promotes Asbestos Rules Changes Despite Objections From Its Own Scientists and Lawyers

Internal emails reveal concerns raised by agency experts about the Trump administration's ideas for regulating the carcinogen.

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Audit Finds NHTSA Sluggish in Handling Vehicle Recalls

For the fourth time since 2011, a government audit has found that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is failing in key oversight roles meant to reduce injuries and deaths on the nation's roads. The new audit criticized the agency's handling of the massive recall of faulty Takata air bag inflators.

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Mystery Solved? Ozone-Destroying Gas Wafting from Plants in China

Outlawed emissions:  A mysterious increase in emissions of a banned industrial gas that destroys the atmosphere's protective ozone layer has been traced to a province in China where manufacturers have kept using it to make foam insulation. According to The New York Times, the spike in emissions of CFC-11 is [...]

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The NRA’s Dinner Dates with Prominent Russians

Vodka toasts for gun rights group: Several prominent Russians, including people said to be in Putin's inner circle or powerful within the Russian Orthodox Church, met with officials of the National Rifle Association in Moscow and elsewhere during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a McClatchy report.

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FDA Playing Catch-Up as JUUL and Imitators Give Nicotine Jolt to E-Cig Business

For public health authorities, the popularity of JUUL and its rivals highlights the conundrum of e-cigarettes. They provide a safer way for smokers to get their nicotine fix by delivering far less of the toxic and cancer-causing baggage of conventional cigarettes. But will e-cigarettes ultimately lead to less tobacco smoking or more?

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San Francisco’s Sweeping Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products Upheld by Voters

In a closely watched election contest, San Francisco voters have upheld a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of menthol cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products, overwhelmingly rejecting an $11.6 million campaign by R.J. Reynolds to scuttle the law.