October 26, 2016

Meanwhile. . .

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter suspends all efforts to collect reimbursement from improperly awarded enlistment bonuses given to some members of the California National Guard. The action follows outrage from veterans and their families over attempts to recover the money 10 years after it was disbursed.

TV shows losing ground

Three glaciers in West Antarctica have undergone "intense unbalanced melting," risking their stability and further acceleration of sea level rise. New research published in Nature Communications found that the Smith, Pope and Kohler glaciers in the Amundsen Sea embayment collectively lost about 1,000 feet of ice from 2002 to 2009.

This year the country is poised to have the lowest number of criminal prosecutions from investigations by the Environmental Protection Agency for over two decades. Compared to five years ago when there were 182 individuals and businesses prosecuted, the estimate of FY 2016 prosecutions of this type is less than half the level earlier in President Obama's administration. Criminal prosecutions resulting from EPA referrals to federal prosecutors peaked during FY 1998 when President Clinton was in office when they reached 198, and were nearly as high at 196 during the first year of President Bush's administration.

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