Articles by Hope Yen

Report Questions U.S. Readiness, Coordination to Handle Major Disaster

The U.S. government isn’t fully prepared to handle a nuclear terrorist attack or a large-scale natural catastrophe, lacks effective coordination, and in some cases is years away from ensuring adequate emergency shelter and medical treatment, congressional investigators have found. The …

Chemcial Plants with Terrroism Risk ‘Effectively Unregulated,’ Says Senate Report

The government has failed to inspect virtually all of the chemical facilities that it considers to be at a higher risk for a terror attack and has underestimated the threat to densely populated cities, congressional investigators say. The year-long investigation …

Report Faults U.S. Oversight of Chemical Plants

The government has no way of fully knowing which U.S. chemical facilities stock ammonium nitrate, the substance that exploded last year at a Texas fertilizer plant and killed 14 people, congressional investigators say. Outdated federal policies, poor information sharing with …

More Older Americans Staying in Workforce

Americans will make up virtually all of the growth in the U.S. work force in the coming years as a nearly unprecedented number hold onto jobs and younger people decide to stay in school. The study by the Pew Research …

Unsafe Truck, Bus Operators Told to Shut Down Are Still on Roads

Hundreds of tractor-trailer and bus companies ordered to shut down because of federal safety violations ranging from suspended licenses to possible drug use have stayed on the road by using different names, investigators say. The study by the Government Accountability …

Road Danger: Thousands of Medically Unfit Commercial Drivers Still Trucking on U.S. Roads

Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver’s licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells, according to a …

Medically Unfit Truck, Bus Drivers Still on U.S. Roads, Study Finds

Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver’s licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells, according to a …

Consumer Product Safety Commission “Needs Help,” Critics Say

A Consumer Product Safety Commission Democrat urged Congress to provide more money for toy safety, pleading for patience to let the agency rebuild as the embattled chairwoman clings to her job. Last week, Nord faced criticism for opposing a measure …

Mattel Pledges Quick Warnings to Regulators on Hazardous Toys

Mattel Inc. CEO Robert Eckert pledged Wednesday to work to improve toy safety, and insisted that the company acted responsibly in recalling millions of Chinese-made toys because they contained lead paint or small magnets. Seeking to tamp down public outrage …