The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?
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Permits to cut Christmas trees go on sale soon in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Prescribed burn operations are expected to start this week in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Much of the Butte Fire burn area is completely devoid of life. The trees are blackened sticks. Large areas suffered "high severity" burns, which means no vegetation survived the extremely hot flames.
The latest forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center shows El Niño will help improve the drought in parts of California by the end of January.
Two weeks after the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties was contained, fire managers are assessing the blaze and the effort to fight it.