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Mistrial declared in high stakes Johnson & Johnson talc-cancer case

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By Myron Levin/FairWarning A mistrial was declared Monday after a California state court jury deadlocked on whether Johnson & Johnson is responsible for the asbestos-related cancer of a woman who blamed her illness on longtime use of contaminated baby powder. Soon after starting a sixth day of deliberations, jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court told…

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Law enforcement gearing-up for mass anti-pipeline protests

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Montana law enforcement agencies are preparing now for what they expect could be massive protests over construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, similar to the protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline near near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016.  Hunter Pauli, Montana Free Press State and federal agencies are training Montana law enforcement officers…

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How hackers could attack Wisconsin’s elections and what state officials are doing about it

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Cybersecurity experts warn that private vendors, modems and removable memory devices make the state’s decentralized voting system vulnerable to attack By Grigor Atanesian Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism A private vendor inadvertently introduces malware into voting machines he is servicing. A hacker hijacks the cellular modem used to transmit unofficial Election Day results. An email…

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Will safety take a back seat on driverless cars?

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Myron Levin/FairWarning Consumer advocates are attacking a bill heading for a vote soon in the U.S. Senate that would clear legal obstacles for the deployment of driverless cars — a proposal that, critics say, lacks safeguards needed to protect the public and largely would let vehicle manufacturers regulate themselves. The measure, which is being pushed…

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Bayer officials vague on lawsuit strategy, despite liability

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Bayer officials vague on lawsuit strategy, despite liability By CHRISTOPHER WALLJASPER of Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting. It’s been nearly three weeks since the merger between Bayer AG and Monsanto officially began its integration, about two months since the deal closed and nearly two years since the planned deal was announced. Despite that, newly appointed…

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HHS watchdog to probe enforcement of nursing home staffing standards

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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News The inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services this month launched an examination into federal oversight of skilled nursing facilities amid signs some homes aren’t meeting Medicare’s minimum staffing requirements. The review comes on the heels of a Kaiser Health News and New York Times investigation that…

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Amid alleged 3M air pollution violations, neighborhood group vows to monitor local polluters

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By Shereen Siewert WAUSAU — Less than two years after a 3M Co. pollution control case brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice ended in a controversial settlement, the company is again facing allegations of violating state air pollution control laws at the company’s Wausau plant, records show. The plant is located at 144 E.…

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Voting systems in Wisconsin, a key swing state, can be hacked, security experts warn

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Even machines disconnected from the internet can be breached, demonstrations have shown  — but state and local officials say not to worry By Grigor Atanesian Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Visiting Wisconsin on June 28, President Donald Trump tweeted “Russia continues to say they had nothing to do with Meddling in our Election!” It was…

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EPA emails show agency approved Monsanto herbicide label changes after consulting with company

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By Johnathan Hettinger/Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prepared to make label changes for the herbicide dicamba after it caused widespread crop damage, the agency depended on the herbicide’s maker for guidance, documents produced in a federal lawsuit show. A review of more than 800 pages of documents from a…

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Investigations: Plutonium is missing, but the government says nothing

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By Patrick Malone and R. Jeffrey Smith The Center for Public Integrity Two security experts from the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory drove to San Antonio, Texas, in March 2017 with a sensitive mission: to retrieve dangerous nuclear materials from a nonprofit research lab there. Their task, according to documents and interviews, was to…

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