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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread in top makeup brands, study finds

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread in top makeup brands, study finds

Researchers find signs of PFAS in over half of 231 samples of products including lipstick, mascara and foundationTue 15 Jun 2021 06.00 EDTLast modified on Tue 15 Jun 2021 11.01 EDTToxic PFAS “forever chemicals” are widely used in cosmetics produced by major brands in the US and Canada, a new study that tested for the chemicals in hundreds of products found.The peer-reviewed study, published in Environmental Science & Technology, detected what the study’s authors characterized as “high” levels of organic fluorine, an indicator of PFAS, in over half of 231 makeup and personal care samples....

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Jun 15
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Michigan Covid surge raises fears it’s an early sign of things to come across US

Michigan Covid surge raises fears it’s an early sign of things to come across US

State recorded nearly 17,000 new cases last week as numbers underscore the need for a speedier vaccine rollout, experts say in DetroitWed 24 Mar 2021 05.00 EDTLast modified on Wed 24 Mar 2021 05.03 EDTA recent jump in Covid cases and hospitalizations is alarming public health officials and raising fear that it could be an early sign of things to come across the rest of the country.Michigan recorded nearly 17,000 new cases last week, which represents a more than 300% increase from the same week last month. Its per-capita rate over the last week is the nation’s fourth highest, while its...

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Mar 24
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Democrats urge Biden to fire USPS chief Trump ally who decimated mail service

Democrats urge Biden to fire USPS chief Trump ally who decimated mail service

Lawmakers call on president to appoint Democratic-majority board that can fire postmaster general Louis DeJoyTue 16 Feb 2021 05.00 ESTLast modified on Tue 16 Feb 2021 12.32 ESTEven in a drama-filled election unlike any other, the postmaster general, Louis DeJoy, and his assault on the postal service stood out.After Trump appointed the businessman to run the agency, DeJoy largely failed in his mission to help the former president discourage voters from casting ballots by mail, but evidence suggests his policies and the pandemic have decimated the postal service. Now many, including...

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Feb 16
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'They demolished my house for this?' Residents outraged by the Foxconn factory that fizzled

'They demolished my house for this?' Residents outraged by the Foxconn factory that fizzled

In Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, families were forced out for a huge hi-tech plant – but three years later, it still hasn’t been built in WisconsinTue 8 Dec 2020 04.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 9 Dec 2020 04.51 ESTWhen Sean McFarlane recently returned to the site where his lifelong home was demolished, he found in its place a retention pond and hundreds of geese perched on a hill.The quiet scene came as a shock. The Wisconsin village of Mount Pleasant had effectively forced him, his girlfriend and four children from their home in 2017 to make way for a proposed 20m sq ft hi-tech plant owned by...

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Dec 8
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‘People Are Turning Into Monsters’: Americans Vote and Brace for Chaos

‘People Are Turning Into Monsters’: Americans Vote and Brace for Chaos

A nation battered by the trudged to the on Tuesday with an eerie sense that no matter how they felt or what they hoped, the United States could easily in the name of its next president.Contrary to bogus claims from President Donald Trump, any delay in determining the winner will stem from the need to ensure votes are counted, not mass fraud. But if Tuesday might typically have marked the end of a raucous election season, one that saw historic surges in early voting in the face of a public health crisis that has killed over 230,000 Americans, any sense of closure by night’s end was difficult...

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Critical mail delays hit swing states ahead of US election

Critical mail delays hit swing states ahead of US election

Delivery of first class mail in several cities remains much slower than usual during the two weeks preceding the election, a test of the local postal system found.The Guardian sent about 150 first class letters between locations in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Hamtramck, three Democratic strongholds in the critical battleground state. The mail was sent to mimic the route that a ballot would take from a mailbox to a city clerk’s office in the same municipality. About 83% of the mail arrived on time. But the service was much worse in Detroit where about 36% of letters arrived at least three days...

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Oct 31
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How The North Carolina GOP Has Undermined Cleanup Of ‘Forever Chemicals’

How The North Carolina GOP Has Undermined Cleanup Of ‘Forever Chemicals’

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Environment. ©2020 Verizon Media. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.In North Carolina’s Cape Fear River basin, levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, have been recorded at  for human consumption. Both federal data and anecdotal evidence strongly suggest that these manufactured chemicals are linked to abnormally high rates of and some other rare cancers.PFAS have been at the forefront of an emotional public debate in the southeastern part of the state...

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Oct 15
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The ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ Accused of Targeting Michigan Guv Spooked Their Neighbors

The ‘Wolverine Watchmen’ Accused of Targeting Michigan Guv Spooked Their Neighbors

MUNITH, MI—Seven Michigan men were arrested Thursday as and its embattled Governor Gretchen Whitmer in particular.The charges against the men, who allegedly called themselves the “Wolverine Watchmen,” came in tandem with federal charges against six other men in an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer. The group’s involvement—or lack thereof—with those facing federal charges was murky at the time of the announcements. But social media posts and testimony from neighbors of the “Wolverine Watchmen” suggest they had a disturbing relationship with the far-right paramilitary movement.According to state...

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'It makes it very difficult to fire them': police union contracts protect bad officers, critics warn

'It makes it very difficult to fire them': police union contracts protect bad officers, critics warn

A court in 2009 convicted Washington DC police officer Michael Sugg-Edwards of sexually assaulting a teenage woman in his squad car. After conducting its own internal investigation, the department quickly fired the then 35-year-old officer.Read moreBut, six years later, Sugg-Edwards was back on the force. A provision in the police union’s contract allowed him to appeal against the decision to a union-selected arbitrator who reversed the department’s firing and him – with back pay.Such protections for officers who commit crimes are not unique to Washington. About 475 police union contracts...

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Tom Perkins
June 30, 2020
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Revealed: police unions spend millions to influence policy in biggest US cities

Revealed: police unions spend millions to influence policy in biggest US cities

Guardian analysis shows how organizations and officers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago work against reform Tue 23 Jun 2020 06.15 EDTPolice unions and officers active in America’s three largest cities spend tens of millions of dollars annually to influence law enforcement policy and thwart pushes for reform, a Guardian analysis of local, county, state and federal campaign finance records found.Reform advocates say the spending partly explains why police unions have defeated most reform measures in recent years, even as high-profile police killings of unarmed black men sparked waves of...

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June 23, 2020
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