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 .
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.