5d ago
       

AP Exclusive: Toxic metal found in chain stores' jewelry

No laws address cadmium in adult jewelry, however, and last year the center decided to check those products. Lab testing found 31 adult jewelry items purchased from retail stores were at least 40 percent cadmium, and most were more than 90 percent, according to results shared exclusively with the AP. The Center for Environmental Health has long used California law to force companies to reduce levels of harmful materials in consumer products, including cadmium and lead in jewelry.
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6d ago
       

Russia dismisses suspected spy actions as routine Dutch trip

Last week, Dutch officials alleged that four agents of Russian GRU military intelligence tried and failed to hack into the world's chemical weapons watchdog, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Dutch defense officials on Thursday released photos and a timeline of the GRU agents' botched attempt to break into the chemical weapons watchdog using Wi-Fi hacking equipment hidden in a car parked outside a nearby Marriott Hotel. Speaking to the media outside the Russian Foreign Ministry building, Dutch Ambassador Renee Jones-Bos said, "We can't tolerate cyberattacks on international organizations," noting that Dutch officials made that clear last week.
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1w ago
       

Eek! Non-native venomous spider found living in Oregon

State officials confirm that a brown widow spider — usually found in South Africa, Florida and Southern California — has recently been found living in Oregon City, in the northwestern part of the state. Oregon already has black widow spiders. Valente says brown widows are subtropical and that Oregon's cold weather will likely kill them.
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2w ago
       

Red tide is plaguing beaches on both of Florida's coasts

Many of Florida's famous beaches were empty Thursday because of a red tide outbreak that for the first time in decades is plaguing both the Gulf and Atlantic coasts at once. In Florida's Panhandle, crews of county jail inmates are cleaning up piles of dead fish killed by a red tide bloom near Panama City Beach. Scott's announced aid was in the form of $3 million in grants from Florida Department of Environmental Protection for Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties to help mitigate the effects of red tide.
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2w ago
       

Half of killer whale populations in the world threatened by toxic chemicals: Study

The future of more than half of the world's killer whale population is under threat, in part, because of man-made chemicals produced throughout the mid-1900s leaching into the ocean, according to a new study. “A significant finding is that a single chemical class — PCBs — continues to threaten wildlife decades after their production and sale [has] ceased,” Peter Ross, co-author of the study and vice president of research at the non-profit organization Ocean Wise, told ABC News. The study found that the combined PCB effects on reproduction and immune function among 10 out of the 19 whale populations studied have the potential to prevent the long-term viability of orcas.
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2w ago
       

California's tough net neutrality bill prompts US lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's toughest net neutrality measure Sunday, requiring internet providers to maintain a level playing field online. Net neutrality advocates worry that without rules, internet providers could create fast lanes and slow lanes that favor their own sites and apps or make it harder for consumers to see content from competitors. The new law prohibits internet providers from blocking or slowing data based on content or from favoring websites or video streams from companies that pay extra.
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3w ago
       

The Latest: Facebook says hackers could access some apps

Facebook's vice president of product, Guy Rosen, says that attackers with access to a Facebook user's account could also have accessed other apps if they had logged into them using their Facebook username and password. Facebook says hackers got those keys, called access tokens, through Facebook's "View As" feature, which lets people see what their profiles look like to someone else. ——— 1:25 p. m. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company doesn't know yet whether hackers who had exploited a security vulnerability have misused any of the user account information.
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3w ago
       

Experts say Ford got the science of memory mostly right

She said those chemicals helped encode memories in a brain region called the hippocampus, so that the main memory was "locked there" while other details "kind of drift. "Levels of the brain substances she cited go up when a person is alarmed, and they help memories become laid down more strongly in the hippocampus, said Elizabeth Phelps, a Harvard University psychologist. After years pass and the memory becomes consolidated, it's not clear whether the hippocampus continues to play that central role, or whether the various parts of a memory are connected by other means, she said.
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3w ago
       

Congress could negate stronger state efforts on privacy

Congress wants to pass national rules governing how companies can use consumers' data — though a major goal might simply be to block states from enacting stronger privacy protections on their own. A similar law in California will compel companies to tell customers upon request what personal data they've collected, why it was collected and what types of third parties have received it. "A national privacy framework should be consistent throughout all states, pre-empting state consumer-privacy and data security laws," the Internet Association said in a recent statement .
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3w ago
       

Actor James Woods bashes Twitter after getting locked out

Actor James Woods has been locked out of his account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter's rules. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet "has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election. "The AP reached Woods on Sunday through his girlfriend's Twitter account.
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