Articles by Todd Shields

Why 5G Networks Could Be Bad News for Storm Forecasting

Satellites tracking water vapor in 2012 helped scientists accurately predict Superstorm Sandy’s frightening turn toward New York and New Jersey where it killed dozens of people and inflicted billions of dollars in damage. But now scientists are warning that their …

Senators Urge Allies to Heed Trump’s Warning on China’s Huawei

U.S. senators warned allies that Chinese telecommunications companies such as Huawei Technologies Co. can’t meet security standards for advanced networks due in part to Chinese law that demands cooperation with security agencies. “There is no way in hell China can …

Supreme Court Nominee Kavanaugh Seen as Business Friend, Regulation Skeptic

Brett Kavanaugh could add a powerful new voice on the Supreme Court to restrain what government agencies can do, ushering in a new era of tougher scrutiny of federal regulations loathed by businesses. In a dozen years on the U.S. …

Students Lead March for Stronger Gun Safety Laws

Thousands of high school students and supporters gathered in Washington and across the U.S. Saturday to demand tougher gun laws from an older generation that’s delivered little change after years of mass shootings. Participants in the March for Our Lives …

U.S. Weather Service Test Became False Tsunami Warning on East Coast

A tsunami warning was erroneously sent Tuesday to some mobile phones along the East Coast and other coastal locations, less than a month after a false notification of a missile attack in Hawaii was sent by that state’s emergency service …

EU Ruling Upholding Taxi Rules for Uber a Contrast to U.S. Approach

A European Union decision to treat Uber Technologies Inc. like a taxi company spotlights a trans-Atlantic divide over how governments cope with disruptive technologies and could embolden U.S. cities to restrict the ride-sharing service. The EU Court of Justice on …

FTC, Congress, States Investigating Equifax Over Data Breach

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a powerful Congressional committee are investigating the data breach at Equifax Inc., deepening government scrutiny of the cyber attack that may have compromised the privacy of 143 million U.S. consumers. The probes by the …

Harvey Leaves Texans to Clean Up Amid Health and Environmental Dangers

Harvey has moved on from the U.S. Gulf Coast, leaving behind a toxic stew of human sewage, dead cattle, leaking chemical plants, spilled gasoline storage tanks and abandoned pickup trucks. The cleanup will take patience, billions of dollars and fleets …

Trump’s ‘2-for-1’ Deregulation Scheme Easier Said Than Done

President Donald Trump set a daunting goal for government agencies bound by complex procedures, ordering his department heads to kill two regulations for each new one they issue. The two-for-one order is “a big one,” Trump said as he signed …

U.S. Sees Mandate on Talking Vehicles Cutting Road Crashes, Deaths

U.S. automobile regulators want passenger cars and light trucks to wirelessly stream data about their movements and monitor other vehicles so they don’t crash into each other. All new light-duty vehicles would be required within four years to be equipped …