Non-native longhorn tick recently found in four states: The presence of the longhorned tick, a non-native species dangerous to livestock, pets and humans, has been confirmed in six West Virginia counties, according to the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Inspection Services first identified the longhorned tick in the U.S. in New Jersey in November 2017. The tick has also been confirmed in Albemarle County, Va. Native to East Asia and the Pacific region, the tick is a well-known problem to cattle farmers in New Zealand. READ MORE


More Cyclospora victims: Lab tests have confirmed more than two dozen additional people who ate items from Del Monte pre-cut vegetable trays are infected with Cyclospora parasites. Overall, seven have been hospitalized. The total as of July 5 stood at 212 infected people across four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. READ MORE


China warns of ‘counterattack’: The United States and China hiked tariffs Friday on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, launching what Beijing called the “biggest trade war in economic history” in a spiraling dispute over technology. The Trump administration is confronting Beijing over development tactics it says include stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology. READ MORE


Dairy farms under siege: The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reports that 54 Wisconsin dairy farms sold out in June. That’s on top of the 78 that left the business in May. Year-to-date, 338 dairy farms stopped milking cows. READ MORE

Monsanto on trial: During more than a century of business, U.S. agrochemical colossus Monsanto has been vilified for products critics say harm people and the environment. In the first trial of its kind, a Californian dying of cancer is suing Monsanto, claiming its popular herbicide Roundup caused his disease—a case that could have sweeping ramifications. READ MORE 


How to free up phone space: Don’t let limited storage stop you from taking another Instagram-worthy photo or downloading another album to listen to on the go. It’s easy to free up space on your iPhone. Follow our best tips and tricks and you’ll lighten the load on your iPhone within an hour. READ MORE


‘Political concerns’ led to shelving of heroin-control plan: As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin. But the Obama administration’s deputy chief of mission in Kabul, citing political concerns, ordered the plan to be shelved, according to a POLITICO investigation. READ MORE

Administration also derailed plan targeting Hezbollah: In its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran, the Obama administration also derailed an ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah, even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States, according to a POLITICO investigation. READ MORE

Novichok claims another victim: A UK woman exposed to the nerve agent Novichok has died, police have confirmed, as a murder investigation has been launched. Dawn Sturgess, a mother of three, died on Sunday evening after becoming sick with her partner, Charlie Rowley, at a private residence. Police said there was no evidence that they visited any of the sites that were decontaminated following the attempted murders of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in March. READ MORE


Japan death toll climbs: The death toll from torrential rains in western Japan reached 126 on Monday, and 86 people were still missing after massive flooding and landslides destroyed homes and displaced tens of thousands of people. READ MORE


Can you shrink your water footprint? For one week, this author decided to shrink her water footprint. Drought plagues the Southwest and is worse in other parts of the world, so she wanted to find out how low one person could go to ease the problem—and whether limiting water consumption could make a difference. READ MORE


Deadly rioting in Haiti: A series of photos graphically depicts the extent of deadly rioting and looting in Haiti. Two days of protest followed the announcement of an increase in fuel prices. READ MORE


Kryptonite for hurricanes: What can give you itchy eyes, replenish the rain forest and bring a hurricane to its knees? Dry and dusty African air. The coffee-colored atmospheric swirl, captured by satellites last week, blew across the ocean all the way to Houston. Originating in the Sahara Desert, the air dominated weather across the Atlantic and beyond. It is, quite simply, kryptonite for hurricanes. READ MORE

No more straws for Starbucks: Starbucks says it will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. The company becomes the largest food and beverage company to do so as calls to cut waste globally grow louder. Plastic straws have become one of the biggest targets. READ MORE

Termite mounds make great ovens: Termites are prolific builders, constructing dirt mounds that can stand as high as 30 feet. The bugs don’t actually live inside these structures; the sturdy but porous towers serve as “lungs” for the colonies below, letting carbon dioxide out and oxygen in. In parts of Africa, Australia, and South America, these impressive works of insect architecture double as outdoor ovens for baking bread and pizza. READ MORE

Program connects pets and vets: The Pets and Vets service dog program, offered by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation in Walnut Creek, Calif.,  connects veterans with rescued dogs that have passed testing to become service animals. The vets and their dogs go through several months of training, with the vets learning to work with their animals and the dogs learning how to support their veterans. READ MORE