| Dec 20, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Taizhou Fuling Plastics' headquarters is in one of southeastern China's most important industrial zones.
The coastal city of Wenling, with a population of more than 1.4 million, is part of Zhejiang Province, a rising player in China's economic...
| Dec 13, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Last month, people voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia. As the movement toward marijuana legalization continues, lawmakers and policy experts are looking to the experiments in Colorado and...
| Nov 15, 2014
| 8:05 PM
A chemical leak at a Houston-area industrial site left four people dead and a fifth hospitalized early Saturday, according to DuPont.
An unknown quantity of methyl mercaptan, which DuPont says is used to odorize natural gas, leaked into the facility...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Rachel Carson's three lyrical books on the sea made her an acclaimed author, but 1962's "Silent Spring" — the title conjuring a world without birdsong — made her a heroine. Her clear passages describing DDT and chemical contaminants'...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Ukrainian armed forces have never used prohibited weapons such as cluster bombs in their fight against pro-Russia separatists, a military spokesman insisted Tuesday after a rights group reported that it had documented a dozen instances in which the...
| Sep 28, 2014
| 12:36 PM
It is 2 a.m. and that cough and stuffy nose you have been battling is still keeping you up. You reach for the nighttime cold relief medicine only to find it expired a few months ago. If you take a dose to ease your symptoms, will you be putting yourself...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Some workers at oil and gas sites where fracking occurs are routinely exposed to high levels of benzene, a colorless gas that can cause cancer, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The agency, which is...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 4:41 PM
For three decades, with the support of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa, the Newport Beach Sister City Assn. has organized an annual exchange with Newport Beach's sister city, Okazaki, Japan.
Each July, Newport Beach students and teachers travel to...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 2:21 PM
Metro Chicago saw a 10.7 percent rise in the value of goods exported last year, to $44.9 billion, inching up one slot to place No. 6 nationwide, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report released Tuesday.
The top five metros areas: Houston, New...
| Aug 29, 2014
| 3:15 AM
As furniture makers move to phase out toxic, ineffective flame retardants, the chemical industry is waging an aggressive last-ditch campaign to preserve a lucrative market that reaches into virtually every American home.
One of the world's leading...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 3:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD — A new state law gives defendants who plead guilty a chance to use DNA evidence to clear their name if the evidence were not available during trial.
The law most likely will be used in cases of murder and rape, but could be used for...