Would you pay $8.60 a gallon for tap water?

Marketed as ‘raw water’: When people in central Oregon’s Madras, Culver and Metolius turn on their taps, untreated spring water flows forth. It costs them less than a penny per gallon. A company in California buys that same water and sells it Read More …

Is your drinking water safe?

Radium in water in all 50 states: More than half of all Americans could be drinking tap water tainted with a radioactive element. A new report from the nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) finds more than 170 million people are exposed Read More …

Were we wrong about how Black Plague spread?

Lice and fleas, not rats, may have been the culprit: Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of the population succumbed to Read More …

Supermarket price wars getting more intense

And Amazon is not the cause: The price war in the American grocery aisle is getting more intense. And believe it or not, the reason isn’t Amazon.com Inc. Amazon’s debut as a brick-and-mortar grocery chain last year sent tremors through the supermarket Read More …

Could terrorists stage an attack on our food supply?

  ISIS has urged supporters to use poison: There is both good news and bad news on the terrorism front. ISIS is now being defeated on the battlefield, but the group remains dangerous. Despite that, it is important to realize that Read More …

Small farmers file suit over withdrawal of Obama-era rules

They say they are exploited by big companies: An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at the Trump administration. The lawsuit was filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets —a small-farmers think Read More …

Terrorists attracted to venues where crowds gather

Wannabe suicide bomber inspired by ISIS: Weeks ago, pro-Islamic State media published a chilling photo of a Santa Claus standing in Times Square next to a crate of dynamite. Today, wanna-be suicide bomber Akayed Ullah, 27, reportedly was inspired by the terror Read More …

Is there too much arsenic in infant rice cereals?

Rice absorbs arsenic from soil and water: Infant rice cereals are popular with parents because they are affordable, easy to digest, and unlikely to cause allergic reactions. Infants typically begin eating cereals when they are between four and six months old. But, Read More …

Hurricane-force wind gusts fueling California fires

Wind speeds reach ‘uncharted levels’: Southern California has felt yellow wind, orange wind, and red wind. But never purple wind. Until now. The color-coded system showing the expected strength of the winds driving the region’s fierce wildfires has reached uncharted territory, Read More …

Contaminated infant formula, water for babies with mold

This isn’t the first time: French health authorities on Saturday ordered the recall of infant formula products that were possibly contaminated by Salmonella, while 20 babies aged under six months have been infected by Salmonella in eight different regions of France. During Read More …