Chlorpyrifos, known on the market as Lorsban, is used on a wide variety of crops, including corn and cranberries, and farmers often call it a last line of defense against certain insects. A federal appeals court in April gave the EPA 90 days to decide how to deal with the pesticide.
Environmental groups have long contended it’s dangerous and have spent years suing the EPA to end its agricultural use. Studies have linked chlorpyrifos to learning and memory issues and prolonged nerve and muscle stimulation. In a statement to The Hill, the EPA said the groups challenging chlorpyrifos’s use did not have enough data to demonstrate the product is not safe. The EPA said it would continue to review the safety of chlorpyrifos through 2022.
Wei Xu, 56, of Santa Fe Springs, was arrested Feb. 5 after an investigation involving undercover officers to whom Xu sold three guns out of the trunk of his car, including an “off-roster” pistol, according to the U.S. attorney’s office. He has been on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest and will be fired, according to Ciaran McEvoy, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office.
In court Wednesday, Xu pleaded guilty to illegally selling guns on the internet, some of which he obtained by using his power as a law enforcement official, and to creating a fake company to avoid paying taxes, prosecutors said. He also pleaded guilty to illegally possessing unregistered firearms and making false statements to a federal agency about his involvement with a Chinese company to get a secret-level security clearance.
Chinese / Guns / Long Beach Port? Sounds familiar doesn't it? Could this be related to the gun raid that happened back in May that was connected to the Gettys? Maybe even the forced sale of the Chinese owned port of long beach terminal? Did Wei Xu squeal when he was arrested back in February? Make sure you visit our site and read our report: WATCH CALIFORNIA – The Quiet Take-Down Of The Red Rat Lines
President Trump announced on Thursday that the USS Boxer shot down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz in a defensive action... Operators of the drone refused calls to stand down, after which it was "immediately destroyed," when it came within 1,000 yards of the ship according to the president. Trump added that the drone was threatening the safety of the ship and the ship's crew.
MORE: Trump said that the Iranian drone's actions were “the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran” pic.twitter.com/1mhzVOIR67
Sounds like fun political theater, but in reality, you know if you've been following Centipede Nation for awhile, that Iran and the US are going to come to the table and negotiate on the Iran deal. It's been in the making for a couple of weeks now. Here's the latest:
Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions. Plan would allow enhanced, permanent nuclear inspections. Foreign minister: ‘It’s not about photo ops. We want substance’...
The House passed a bill Thursday that would raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade -- but there's little chance the measure will be taken up in the Republican-controlled Senate.
The House vote was 231-199. Three Republicans -- Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Francis Rooney of Florida and Chris Smith of New Jersey -- joined most Democrats in supporting the measure. Six Democrats -- including Anthony Brindisi of New York, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Kendra Horn of Oklahoma, Ben McAdams of Utah, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico -- opposed it.
Turkey's foreign ministry called on the US to rectify its "mistake". This unilateral step is incompatible with the spirit of alliance and does not rely on any legitimate justification,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a strong-worded statement immediately following the White House press release. “We call on the United States to come back from this mistake that will cause irreparable wounds in our strategic relations,” it said...
Over the past week Turkey appears to have been amassing its forces near the border for an upcoming assault on US-allied Kurdish forces in Syria's northeast. American defense officials fear Turkey's military could be tempted toward retaliation against US forces currently assisting Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) over new US sanctions related Turkey's S-400 deal with Russia...
Following the Antifa assault on Quillette journalist Andy Ngo in Portland and the terrorist attack on a Tacoma ICE facility, Wikipedia editors added these incidents to the Wikipedia page on Antifa, but left-wing editors removed them in just the latest case of Wikipedia editors protecting Antifa. Several editors, including an open Antifa supporter, subsequently made mocking comments about Ngo and one praised the attack on ICE... Wikipedia editors have also sought to remove mention of the FBI categorizing Antifa as engaged in terrorist activity. Some administrators, who hold more power on the site that editors, have intervened in the dispute to sanction Antifa critics.
Sarraj issued this warning – which could be taken as a threat to prod Europe into taking action against Haftar – during an interview with Sky News. It was the first interview Sarraj has given since Haftar and his Libyan National Army (LNA) began their push toward Tripoli... “What’s going to happen with this security breakdown is that 800,000 illegal migrants on Libyan ground will have to leave Libya and will cross the sea towards Europe. Amongst these 800,000 there are terrorists and criminals. This will be disastrous,” he said.
Asked what he wanted the Europeans to do, Sarraj made it clear that talking would not be enough to dissuade Haftar, but refused to explicitly call for immediate military intervention. His strategy is to repeatedly stress the perils of the situation, emphasizing the humanitarian nightmare that will unfold if fighting continues, and wait for the Europeans and/or Americans to volunteer themselves for duty against Haftar’s army.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman announced the decision at a hearing, siding with prosecutors after they and defense attorneys traded arguments for more than a week about whether Epstein could be released to some sort of home confinement... Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the new charges... Epstein will be held in the federal detention center in Manhattan.
The retailer announced Thursday it will be opening two locations in November — one in The Galleria in Houston, Tex., and another in Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey. The stores, as part of a joint venture b8ta, will be carefully curated to give shoppers a new experience in a smaller-format space, spanning about 6,500 square feet compared to some of its past locations that were about 30,000 square feet... Tru Kids Brands, the parent company of Toys R Us, hopes the Houston and Paramus locations are just the start, CNBC reported. The company said it plans to open 10 stores in the U.S. in 2020, with the possibility of 10,000-square-foot flagship landing in New York or California.
According to Campus Reform, the school’s Inclusive Language Guide lists terms and phrases to avoid and offers substitutes … all in the name of making “everyone on campus feel welcomed, respected, and valued.” “America” and “Americans” are on the list because “America encompasses more than just the U.S.” “There is South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean just to name a few of 42 countries in total,” the guide reads. “That’s why the word ‘americano’ in Spanish can refer to anything on the American continent.”
York Regional Police revealed details on the massive bust of an alleged traditional organized crime network that netted more than $35 million in cash and assets. Police said a crime family known as the Figliomeni’s have allegedly been operating for more than three decades in Italy, Vaughan and across the GTA laundering millions of dollars.
Marine Interdiction Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) along with U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien fishing from a jet ski in Lake Erie. On Tuesday, AMO agents and Border Patrol agents spotted a jet ski approximately one mile north of West Harbor. The watercraft, which appeared to be anchored with two subjects fishing, had no state registration number visible. AMO Marine Interdiction agents along with a Border Patrol agent made contact with the jet ski and questioned the two subjects, who admitted they were Mexican nationals and not in possession of any immigration documents.
A man screaming “You die!” burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.
Thirty-six others were injured, some of them critically, in a blaze that sent people scrambling up the stairs toward the roof in a desperate — and futile — attempt to escape what proved to be Japan’s deadliest fire in nearly two decades. Others emerged bleeding, blackened and barefoot.
The eerie FaceApp photo filter, which uses AI to digitally age your face, has gone viral, with millions on social media sharing their sagging simulacrum, including celebs such as Drake, the Jonas Brothers and Kevin Hart. However, experts warn that the free “old age filter,” created in 2017 by developers at Wireless Lab in St. Petersburg, Russia, poses security concerns that may give them access to your personal information and identity.
The Russian app is one of the most downloaded across the globe, with fans on social media using the hashtag #faceappchallenge to share their results. The tool augments your face to look double or triple your current age — with wrinkles, sagging and yellowed teeth — and also allows you to look younger, swap genders and try out a beard. But be warned: FaceApp, which you grant permission to access your photo gallery, also includes in their Terms and Conditions that they have the right to modify, reproduce and publish any of the images you process through its AI.
Progressive lawmakers warned Wednesday that they're ready to sink a Democratic bill to increase the minimum wage if the measure is amended ahead of the vote.
Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who co-chair the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said members of the group are poised to vote en masse against legislation to hike the wage floor to $15 per hour if a procedural motion offered by Republicans is adopted beforehand.
The message is a clear warning to moderate Democrats, some of whom have joined Republicans this year in supporting last-minute procedural gambits — known as motions to recommit — which grant the minority party a last-ditch opportunity to alter legislation before a final vote...