Attorney General Becerra Blasts Federal Proposal Undercutting Protections for Endangered Species from Harmful Pesticides

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra Thursday joined a coalition of 12 attorneys general in submitting a comment letter opposing a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that risks exposing endangered species to harmful pesticides. Under the proposal, the EPA would substantially alter the current method used to determine whether, and to what extent, a pesticide “may affect” an endangered species or critical habitat and thereby trigger the requirement to consult with federal wildlife agencies regarding pesticide impacts and mitigation measures.

Attorneys General Becerra and Balderas Intervene to Defend DOI’s Valuation Rule

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, along with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, filed a motion to intervene in Cloud Peak Energy v. U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in the District of Wyoming attempting to overturn DOI’s Valuation Rule. The Attorneys General seek to defend the Rule, which ensures taxpayers and states receive fair value for oil, gas, and coal extracted from public and tribal lands.

Experimental treatment slows prion disease, extends life of mice

Washington, DC - Scientists using an experimental treatment have slowed the progression of scrapie, a degenerative central nervous disease caused by prions, in laboratory mice and greatly extended the rodents’ lives, according to a new report in JCI Insight.  The scientists used antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), synthetic compounds that inhibit the formation of specific proteins. 

Navy Releases Name of Sailor Listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown

Manama, Bahrain - The U.S. Navy announced the identity of a Sailor listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) following a reported man overboard incident onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) while operating in the Arabian Sea, July 17, in support of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

Device could automatically deliver drug to reverse opioid overdose

West Lafayette, Indiana - Opioid users tend to be alone and incapacitated during an overdose. Purdue University researchers are developing a device that would automatically detect an overdose and deliver naloxone, a drug known to reverse deadly effects.

Gen Z trend

San Diego, California - Nobody has time in 2019 to be held hostage for hours at a car dealership. A new solution is making it easier for busy, tech-savvy consumers to buy/sell cars.