Environment

Massive gas leak near Los Angeles plugged after 16 weeks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A blowout at a natural gas well that leaked uncontrollably for 16 weeks and drove thousands of residents from their Los Angeles homes was plugged Thursday, a utility said. While the well still needs to be permanently sealed with cement and inspected by state regulators, the announcement by Southern California Gas...

Marijuana

Oregon halts sale of pesticide used to grow marijuana

The Oregon Department of Agriculture says the product, Guardian, identifies itself as 100 percent natural, and lists its active ingredients as cinnamon oil and citric acid. A state lab, however, found the presence of abamectin, a widely used insecticide.

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