Health threats from the Gulf oil disaster could last for years, and officials lack knowledge on how long chemicals in the spilled oil and dispersants will remain toxic, health experts told a Senate committee Tuesday.
A top federal mine safety official said Tuesday that existing laws and regulations have not been properly enforced but pledged that his agency will now use all its powers after the West Virginia mine disaster that killed 29 people.
A Senate committee delayed its confirmation vote for Labor Secretary-designate Hilda Solis on Thursday in order to review a potential tax controversy relating to Solis' husband, two sources familiar with her confirmation told CNN.
President-elect Barack Obama's choice for labor secretary, California Rep. Hilda Solis, promised to "improve the opportunities for hardworking families" as she began her confirmation hearings on Friday.
A U.S. Senate committee voted on Wednesday to let the Food and Drug Administration regulate but not ban tobacco products, a proposal supported by public health groups and the nation's largest cigarette maker.
The number of Americans living in poverty jumped to 35.9 million last year, up by 1.3 million, while the number of those without health care insurance rose to 45 million from 43.6 million in 2002, the U.S. government said in a report Thursday.