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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The new state budget that took effect in July set aside nearly $443 million to fight wildfires. But that money is gone. So now Cal Fire is getting an additional $234 million.
The U.S. Forest Service says the Mendocino Complex Fire — the largest wildfire on record in California — is 100 percent contained.
(AP) — A firefighter battling the largest wildfire in California history was killed last month when thousands of gallons of flame-suppressing liquid were dropped from an aircraft flying barely above the treetops.
Southern California Edison plans to replace 3,400 miles of overhead power lines with insulated wire to reduce the risk of them sparking when hit by tree limbs or other objects, the company announced Monday.
Officials have determined that the freeway is safe for travel but potential closures could be ordered at any time because the fire is still burning.