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 .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?