Boulder, Colorado - On October 23, 2015, workers discovered a massive natural-gas leak at California’s Aliso Canyon storage facility in Los Angeles County. Over the course of the next several months, the storage facility leaked approximately 100,000 tons of odorized natural gas into nearby neighborhoods, sickening and displacing thousands of people. The cleanup that followed cost the owners of the storage facility more than $1 billion, and the California state legislature sought to prevent future occurrences by passing regulations that required storage facility operators to check wellheads every day for leaks.

Washington, DC - The bedding company, Mattress Firm, is offering students not-so-strenuous internships this summer. 

San Diego, California - Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch is traveling May 5-7 to San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. In San Diego, he will visit the U.S. passport agency and then meet with foreign government counterparts from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom at the annual Five Nations meeting on passport operations.

Dallas, Texas - American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement about the launch of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative for Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic.

Washington, DC - On May 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vyndaqel (tafamidis meglumine) and Vyndamax (tafamidis) capsules for the treatment of the heart disease (cardiomyopathy) caused by transthyretin mediated amyloidosis (ATTR-CM) in adults. These are the first FDA-approved treatments for ATTR-CM. Vyndaqel and Vyndamax have the same active moiety, tafamidis, but they are not substitutable on a milligram to milligram basis and their recommended doses differ.

Charlotte, North Carolina - Two former executives were charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday for their alleged participation in an insurance investment scheme that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in victim losses.