Articles by Matthew Daly and Kevin Freking

House Approves School Safety Bill

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill to improve school safety Wednesday, the first gun-related action by Congress since the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school. The bill authorizes $500 million over 10 years for grants to …

Earthquake Warning System in Obama Budget Pleases Lawmakers

President Barack Obama’s recommendation to spend $5 million next year on an early earthquake warning system for the West Coast represents a significant breakthrough, congressional supporters of the project said. It’s the first time Obama has included funding for the …

Judge Says $200M Los Angeles Train Cash Award Falls Short

The judge deciding how to divide $200 million among victims of a deadly Los Angeles County train crash in 2008 says it will fall far short of all the requests he received. Attorneys for the victims had requested between $320 …

More Funds Sought for California Train Crash Victims

Members of California’s congressional delegation are calling on a company to set aside substantially more money to compensate victims of a 2008 commuter train crash in Los Angeles County. The 17 lawmakers argue that medical bills, lost income and other …

California Fires Renew Push for National Arson Registry

The deadly fire at Angeles National Forest is renewing a push from California lawmakers for a national registry of convicted arsonists. Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have filed legislation that would establish the registry. It complements a similar …

Lawmakers Push for National Arson Registry

The deadly fire at Angeles National Forest is renewing a push from California lawmakers for a national registry of convicted arsonists. Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein filed legislation last Thursday that would establish the registry. It complements a …

States Stretch Family Health Policies to Cover Young Adults

Thomas Mahoney came out of a seizure last December surrounded by paramedics ready to take him to the hospital by ambulance. Mindful of the cost, he asked his mom and girlfriend to drive him instead, slipping in and out of …

Inspections Not Enough to Assure Safety of Imports, Bush Told

The flow of products imported into the U.S. each year is so vast that simply increasing inspections would not adequately improve safety. Instead, the government should do more to ensure products are safe before they reach the nation’s borders, according …

D.C. Struggles to Ensure Public Spending is Helping U.S. Prepare for Bioterrorism

More than five years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the U.S. government cannot show how the $5 billion given to public health departments has better prepared the country for a bioterrorism attack or flu pandemic. Congress responded to the 2001 …

Sen. Kennedy Urges Universal Health Plan, Solicits Recommendations

The federal government should join the state of Massachusetts in enacting universal health coverage, according to Sen. Edward Kennedy, D- Mass., the new chairman of the Senate committee with jurisdiction over numerous health issues. Kennedy’s home state is the first …