FROM P.J. Huffstutter
The Biggest Outbreak of Bird Flu in American History In Nebraska , Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa , National Guard soldiers have an assignment they never expected. They're helping to dispose of tens of millions of dead birds — turkeys and egg-laying chickens that are dying or being killed in order to stop the worst spread of bird flu in American history. Several countries have banned imports of US poultry. But only birds are infected, and chickens raised for their meat aren't involved — so far. We hear about wild-bird migrations, factory farms and a threat to a multi-billion-dollar industry.
Grocery Workers Are Still on the Job The grocery strike won't happen , assuming that union members ratify a tentative settlement reached this morning. Fifty-four thousand workers is more than the Bank of America is laying off nationwide, but it's the number who would be walking picket lines in Southern California if the United Food and Commercial Workers failed to make a deal with Ralphs , Vons and Albertsons.
Will There Be Another Grocery Workers Strike? In 2003, the last time a supermarket strike happened it went on for almost five months and disrupted a lot of consumers. Now, there's a possibility of another strike at Ralph's, Von's, Pavilions and Albertson's. Some 62,000 unionized workers have approved another walkout. P.J. Huffstutter is covering the story for the Los Angeles Times .
Humane Society Goes Undercover in the Chicken Coop Wendy's, Applebee's, IHOP and mega-grocer Wal-Mart are shifting to eggs produced by cage-free chickens after the Humane Society released a video showing egg-farm workers abusing chickens and dead birds littering cages. The well-funded campaign is HSUS' latest salvo in a battle over the treatment of animals in the production of America's food supply. But the agricultural industry, including farmers around the country, is fighting back. That's according to a story by P.J. Huffstutter in today's Los Angeles Times.
Fourth of July Fireworks Fizzle under Budget Constraints In a year of massive recession, one of America's patriotic traditions is in big trouble. Fourth of July fireworks displays have been cut back and even cancelled all over the country. In Punta Gorda, Florida, Euclid, Ohio and Montebello, California, tomorrow's fireworks displays won't be what they used to be. In some cases, there won't be any at all, says P.J. Huffstutter, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.