Minneapolis
November 5
Stephen Greenfield, a volunteer with Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary, says it’s “plausible” pesticides could have been misused there.

Claim of pesticide dumping near Lake Harriet being investigated

Hundreds of park visitors, volunteers and wildlife were potentially exposed to the pesticides around Lake Harriet, including a frog discovered with mutations.
Nation
November 3
Pumps are used to keep a coal ash pit from flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence in Conway, S.C., Sept. 20, 2018. The Trump administration i

EPA plans to relax rules governing toxic waste stored by coal-fired power plants

EPA weakens policies on toxins that are dumped into ponds, waterways.
Science
November 2
Pipes traditionally are built aboveground in Yakutsk, Russia, because of the hard permafrost. Its thaw is altering Siberia’s landscape as well as th

In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the Earth beneath the feet of millions

For the 5.4 million people who live in Russia's permafrost zone, the new climate has disrupted their homes and their livelihoods.
Business
November 2
Christian Chase said e-Hallpass is “a violation of our privacy, and I don’t think it’s something that needs to be in place.”

Apps track students from classroom to bathroom, raising data privacy concerns

The programs have raised data privacy concerns.
Nation
November 2
Firefighting this past week has included dropping fire retardant, including on the Maria Fire near Santa Paula.

Trump stymies California climate efforts even as Golden State burns

State's leaders find themselves hamstrung to fight what's making the fires worse.
Science
November 2
A body is processed at the Pierce County Medical Examiner's office in Tacoma, Washington.

Organ donation process may not be what you think

Inquiry finds procurement companies have delayed autopsies, compromised investigations to harvest body parts.
Science
November 2

Why aren't cancer drugs better? The targets might be wrong

According to a study published this year, only 3% of cancer drugs tested in clinical trials between 2000 and 2015 have been approved to treat patients.
World
November 1
New Delhi’s skyline was enveloped in dangerous smog and dust Friday. Authorities ordered schools closed until Nov. 5.

New Delhi, choking on toxic air, declares health emergency

"We are in trouble," doctor says amid winter smog.
Science
November 1

Health briefs: Mindfulness techniques may help fight opioid addiction

The ancient practice of mindfulness may be a powerful tool in fighting the modern-day epidemic of opioid addiction, new research suggests. Compared to research subjects…
Science
October 31
Saja Begum, the mother of Amir Farooq Dar, who died after being bitten by a snake, at her home in Heevan, India, Sept. 13, 2019. Begum spent hours nav

Amid crackdown, Kashmir has no cell service, no internet, no way to call for medical help

Doctors and patients say the crackdown has taken many lives, in large part because of a communication blackout.
Science
October 31
Alice Murray, 87, described nature scenes to activities assistant Erin Albano at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, Va.

Seeing the entire world from their wheelchairs

Viva Vita is designed to bring virtual-reality experiences to older people who can no longer travel.
Science
October 31
As many as 36% of patients regain weight within five years of their procedure, and as many as 70% suffer complications.

Mayo studying why some patients suffer complications after bariatric surgery

As many as 36% of patients regain weight within five years of their procedure, and as many as 70% suffer complications.
Science
October 31
Researchers from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine found those who had high blood pressure or diabetes and typically slept for less than six

Study: If you have heart disease, here's how much you should sleep to prevent early death

Short sleep duration can be used to predict long-term health outcomes, researchers found.
Science
October 31
Topher White installs a solar-powered listening unit in a rainforest on the Indonesian island of Sumatra on July 24, 2019. The treetop surveillance sy

Using old cellphones to listen for illegal loggers

The project, experts said, illustrates both the promise and perils of using artificial intelligence in the complex fight against deforestation.
Science
October 31

Science briefs: Sea gulls tracked to In-N-Out, other human restaurants

For the past few years, ecologist Ana Sofia Guerra has been studying the eating habits of western gulls in the Channel Islands archipelago. She’s tracked…
World
October 30
Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, shown at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, has inspired more than 3,000 climate change student wa

Activist Thunberg declines climate prize, urges more action

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, who has inspired millions across the world to stage protests urging leaders to better tackle global warming, has declined an environmental prize, saying "the climate movement does not need any more prizes."
National
October 30
A smartphone displays the Twitter logo in Berlin, Germany.

Twitter bans political ads ahead of 2020 election

Twitter, reacting to growing concern about misinformation spread on social media, is banning all political advertising from its service. Its move strikes a sharp contrast with Facebook, which continues to defend running paid political ads, even false ones, as a free speech priority.
World
October 30
Facebook said that it removed three Russian-backed influence networks on its site that were aimed at African countries.

Russia tests disinformation tactics in Africa

It has engaged in massive disinformation campaign.
Variety
October 29
Few of us understand the security implications of using our modern devices.

What most Americans don't know about online security could hurt them

Users are grappling with the issues as social media giants have been rocked by privacy scandals.
Business
October 29
A screen displays a notice when installing the update, iOS 13.2 on an iPhone on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, in New York. Apple is resuming the use of huma

Apple resumes human reviews of Siri audio with iPhone update

Apple is resuming the use of humans to review Siri commands and dictation with the latest iPhone software update. In August, Apple suspended the practice…