And the locals are not happy: A train full of New Yorkers’ rotting poop is reportedly stinking up rural Alabama, and residents are none too pleased. The tons of sewage sludge are in 200 shipping containers on a train that’s been stalled in the northern Alabama town of Parrish for six weeks, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The train is stuck because of a legal battle centering on the lawfulness of hauling the waste by trucks to the Big Sky Landfill in Adamsville, according to the Journal. Alabama residents are reportedly up in arms. They say that it’s not just the stranded train; when the waste is transported by truck, it spills onto the roads, and when it reaches the landfill, the stink continues to stick around. READ MORE


Farmers fear sweeps will drive away labor: The arrests of undocumented immigrants in California’s agricultural heartland have sent fear through the Central Valley, where for generations, immigrants here — both legally and illegally — have picked crops. In some fields, almost all of the foreign workers are in the country without legal status. While many immigrants have been on edge since President Trump vowed a crackdown on illegal immigration, the recent sweeps have been particularly concerning because they included the arrests of people not specifically targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The concern extends to farmers, who fear more sweeps will drive away labor at a time when some are struggling to get enough workers to pick the crops. READ MORE

China raises import duties on pork, apples, other products: China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy. The government of President Xi Jinping said it was responding to a U.S. tariff hike on steel and aluminum. But that is just one facet of sprawling tensions with Washington, Europe and Japan over a state-led economic model they complain hampers market access, protects Chinese companies and subsidizes exports in violation of Beijing’s free-trade commitments. READ MORE

Big Texas dairies threaten Wisconsin’s organic dairy farmers: You’re in Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland. You go to the store and buy some organic milk. You have this image of a small farm somewhere in rural Wisconsin, maybe one of those cool little towns in the Kickapoo Valley. But it could be from a big farm. A really big farm. In Texas. Wisconsin’s organic dairy farmers are getting squeezed by mega-sized farms that may have more than 100 times as many cows. And while some in Wisconsin claim their oversized brethren aren’t playing by the rules, for the most part, government regulators have dismissed the complaints. READ MORE


California coffee companies may have to display warning label: Coffee companies in California may soon be required to display a warning label alerting customers to a possible carcinogen in their brews. As Nate Raymond of Reuters reports, a Los Angeles judge ruled in favor of the not-for-profit group Council for Education and Research on Toxics (CERT), which brought a lawsuit against some 90 coffee companies, claiming that they violated California law by failing to disclose the presence of a compound that has been linked to increased cancer risks. READ MORE

Are we swallowing plastic with every meal? We could be swallowing more than 100 tiny plastic particles with every main meal, according to a British study. The plastic, which can come from soft furnishings and synthetic fabrics, gets into household dust which falls on plates and is consumed. UK scientists made the discovery after putting Petri dishes containing sticky dust traps on the table next to dinner plates in three homes at meal times. READ MORE


More than 50 taken to hospitals: Authorities say more than 50 people have been taken to hospitals from a Washington, D.C. hotel after about a dozen of them showed gastrointestinal symptoms. D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that the group, which was staying at the Hotel Harrington, consisted of a total of 48 younger teenagers and three adults. Most of them were taken as a precaution. READ MORE


UN Security Council blacklists ships and companies: The UN Security Council on Friday blacklisted 27 ships, 21 companies and a businessman for helping North Korea circumvent sanctions, as the United States keeps up pressure on Pyongyang despite its recent overtures toward talks, diplomats said. The result of a request from the U.S., the package was the largest-ever package of sanctions designations on North Korea approved by a council committee, diplomats said. The move is part of a global crackdown on the smuggling of North Korean commodities in violation of UN sanctions resolutions, which were adopted in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests. READ MORE

Big-box retailers are dying. What to do with the bodies? Big box retailers thrived for decades, gobbling up smaller stores that couldn’t compete with the diversity and abundance of wares. But the rise of online retail has changed all that. As a result, 2017 saw a record-breaking 6,700 store closures, including big box stores like Kmart and more speciality retail outlets like Teavana. Now, architects, urban planners, and activists are asking: What becomes of these big, empty storefronts and their sprawling parking lots now that the companies inside have closed down or moved on? READ MORE

Animal-rights activists smell blood in the water: With more and more fashion houses going fur-free, San Francisco banning fur sales in the city, and British MPs considering outlawing all imports of pelts after Brexit, the signs do not seem good for the fur industry. So, after decades of hard-hitting campaigning against fur, animal-rights activists believe they scent victory. READ MORE

Nerve agent smeared on door: British officials investigating the poisoning of Sergei V. Skripal, a former Russian double agent, believe it is likely that an assassin smeared a nerve agent on the door handle at his home. This operation is seen as so risky and sensitive that it is unlikely to have been undertaken without approval from the Kremlin, according to officials who have been briefed on the early findings of the inquiry. READ MORE