Articles by Valerie Volcovici and Eric Beech

EPA to Revisit Health Standards for Harmful Soot From Industrial Plants, Cars

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it would re-examine health standards for harmful soot that the previous Trump administration had left unchanged. This is the latest federal air and water regulation that the Biden administration will revisit …

Justice Department Alleges Yale Illegally Discriminates Against Asians, Whites

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday accused Yale University of illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process in violation of U.S. civil rights law. The findings are the result of a two-year investigation in …

Baxter to Pay $18M Over Mold at North Carolina Plant

Baxter International has agreed to pay $18 million to resolve its criminal and civil liability over claims its unit ignored mold in air filters at a plant where sterile intravenous solutions were made, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. …

U.S. Safety Regulator Wants Nationwide Recall of Air Bags

The U.S. auto safety regulator has told Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially lethal air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to move faster in a growing scandal. The National Highway …

GM CEO Barra Has Few Answers on What Went Wrong

General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company’s slow response to faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths “unacceptable,” but could not give U.S. lawmakers many answers as to what went wrong. After taking an …

Bipartisan Farm Bill Increases Crops Insurance, Trims Food Stamps

Editor’s Note: The House of Representatives passed the bill this morning. For the update, read here. House and Senate negotiators on Monday reached a bipartisan agreement on the long-overdue U.S. farm bill that ends a pricy direct subsidy to farmers …

Congressional Negotiations on Farm Bill Said Close to Deal

Negotiations in Congress on the long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed this week after progress was stalled by a disagreement over a dairy price support program, a senator said on Wednesday. The five-year farm bill, which covers issues …