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U.S. Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously to Allow Delayed Retroactive Reduction in Drug Trafficking Sentences

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Headlines

http://www.ussc.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/news/press-releases-and-news-advisories/press-releases/20140718_press_release.pdf

Press release announcing decision to reduce federal sentencing guideline levels for drug trafficking at the base level and apply the reduced sentences retroactively to those in prison.  The reductions would become effective after November 1, 2015.  From the U.S. Sentencing Commission

 

Proposal to Protect the Bristol Bay Watershed

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay

Proposed regulation designed to protect Bristol Bay Alaska salmon fishery waters from damage from copper mining.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

First Chikungunya Case Acquired in the United States Reported in Florida

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0717-chikungunya.html

Reports on the first locally-acquired case of the mosquito-borne virus Chikungunya in Florida.  Prior to this, the only occurrence of cases in the U.S. were in travelers returning from trips overseas.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Report on the Potential Exposure to Anthrax

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/integrity/docs/Final_Anthrax_Report.pdf

Describes what happened, why it happened, and what has been done to ensure it won’t happen again in this “after-action” report on the mishandling of anthrax in a CDC laboratory.   From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

An Assessment of the 1996 Department of Justice Task Force Review of the FBI Laboratory

Categories: Crime/Justice,Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Science/Technology

http://www.justice.gov/oig/reports/2014/e1404.pdf

This, the third review of irregularities by the FBI lab, reviews how the Criminal Division Task Force managed the review of cases involving the use of scientifically unsupportable analysis and overstated testimony by lab examiners in criminal cases.  Denounces the slowness of the review and the result that many convictions were based on bad science.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Justice Department.

 

The 2014 Long-Term Budget Outlook

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45471-Long-TermBudgetOutlook.pdf

Attempts to predict the federal budget outlook for the next 10 years and beyond.  Foresees period of stable deficits remaining at about 2.5 to 3% of GDP, but larger deficits after 2020 due to an aging population, rising health care costs, and an expansion of federal subsidies for health insurance.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Sexual Orientation and Health Among U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2013

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Sex Issues,Statistics

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr077.pdf

 

Examines health-related behaviors, health status, health care utilization, and health care access among U.S. adults who identified themselves as straight, gay or lesbian, or bisexual to gather information on possible health care disparities due to sexual orientation. From the National Center for Health Statistics

 

America’s Young Adults: Special Issue 2014

Categories: Careers,Headlines,Health/Medical,Labor/Employment,Marriage/Family,Statistics,Youth

http://childstats.gov/pdf/ac2014/YA_14.pdf

Though usually focusing on statistics related to children and families, this agency devotes the 2014 issue to a focus on the well-being of older youth as they transition into adulthood in a time of economic challenges. Go to page 3 to find beginning of report.  From the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

 

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