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Petula Dvorak: Crashing jets. Dangerous strollers. Scary pork. That’s a world without regulators.

Lawn darts. Killer baby cribs. Pool drains that disemboweled children. Cars that exploded in low-speed fender benders. Miss those?

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

FAA’s close ties to Boeing questioned after 2 deadly crashes

For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Administration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled.

New California internet neutrality law sparks U.S. lawsuit

California Gov. Jerry Brown has approved the nation’s strongest net neutrality law, prompting an immediate lawsuit by the Trump administration and opening the next phase in the battle over regulating …

UK lawmakers: ‘Wild West’ cryptocurrencies need regulation

British lawmakers have backed calls for greater regulation of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin in order to bring an element of control to a market that more resembles the “Wild West.”

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018

Microsoft calls for regulation of facial recognition, saying it’s too risky to leave to industry alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.

UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018

Is Facebook really changing? Or just trimming its data haul?

Lost amid a flurry of Facebook announcements about privacy settings and data access is a much more fundamental question: Is Facebook really changing its relationship with users, or just tinkering …

Sue Lani Madsen: From the government and here to help

Apollo Fuhriman loves his job. He’s from the government, and he’s helping. His job is finding regulations to eliminate. “We look at regulations, guidance documents, anything the federal government touches …

Case of shackled kids revives home-school regulation debate

Just over a week after California officials found 13 malnourished siblings allegedly held captive and apparently not missed by schools because they were being home-schooled, home-schooling advocates say they are …

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

U.S. health agency to crack down on risky stem cell offerings

WASHINGTON – U.S. health authorities announced plans Thursday to crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a …

Ryan says bump stocks should be addressed by regulation

House Speaker Paul Ryan says bump stocks – devices that can effectively turn semi-automatic rifles into fully automated weapons – should be addressed through a regulatory change.

EPA emerges as major target after Trump solicits policy advice from industry

Just days after taking office, President Donald Trump invited American manufacturers to recommend ways the government could cut regulations and make it easier for companies to get their projects approved.

Trump administration halts Obama-era rule aimed at curbing toxic wastewater from coal plants

The Trump administration has hit the pause button on an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting the dumping of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury by the nation’s power plants …

Trump signs bills overturning Obama-era education regulations

President Donald Trump signed bills Monday overturning two Obama-era education regulations, continuing the Republican majority’s effort to undo key pieces of the previous administration’s legacy.

Chemical weapon for sale: China’s unregulated narcotic

It’s one of the strongest opioids in circulation, so deadly an amount smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. Until July, when drug users in the United States …

Vaping regulation gets Washington Legislature’s OK

Washington’s Legislature has passed a bill that would create a number of regulations for companies selling vapor products such as requiring labeling that warns of the health effects of vaping.

Sue Lani Madsen: When good intentions turn the lights off

Burdensome building code regulations good example of good intentions gone awry.

Federal agency finds lax regulation of chemicals

HOUSTON - A federal agency investigating a deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant told a Senate committee Thursday that regulation of the dangerous chemicals used in the industry fall …

Editorial: SEC needs to fix law’s onerous impact on civic volunteers

“This law (the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) creates a new, more effective regulatory structure, fills a host of regulatory gaps, brings greater public transparency and market …

Our View: Idaho must play greater role in day care regulation

If moral victories mattered, Idaho Rep. George Sayler and Sen. Tim Corder would be hosting a statewide celebration this week. Last Thursday, the Idaho Senate easily passed their bill to …

Our View: Idaho needs statewide day care regulations

Idaho state Rep. George Sayler deserves a merit badge for perseverance. This is the fifth year in a row the Coeur d’Alene Democrat has sponsored legislation to expand the regulation …

Age Limit Imposed On Fireworks Sales

No one younger than 16 will be allowed to buy fireworks in Washington state this summer under an agreement between the Washington State Patrol and the fireworks industry. The new …

Enough To Drive Smokers To Drink California To Clear The Air In Tobacco’s Last Refuge

In the biggest assault yet on cigarette smoking in the United States, bars, casinos and nightclubs across California will be forced to ban smoking at the stroke of midnight today …

‘Fresh’ Applies To Fewer Chickens No Paltry Change For Poultry Producers, But Perdue Says New Labeling Overdue

A four-year battle over when a chicken is fresh or frozen has finally ended. It will take a sharp-eyed shopper to figure out the difference. Agriculture Department rules rooted in …

Military Rethinks Discharge Massacre At Fairchild By Disturbed Airman Behind New Way To Handle ‘Dangerous’ Cases


Changes Pushed After Killing Of Mariners Fan

A King County task force, formed after the fatal stabbing of a retired Seattle firefighter, has adopted a series of proposals designed to keep violent mentally ill offenders off the …

Don’t Get Snagged By Keeping Wrong Fish

Steelhead anglers fishing in the Clearwater River may need to sharpen their skills on identifying steelhead and coho salmon, Idaho fish and game managers advised. Coho salmon are expected to …

Who Pays For Immigrants? New Law Makes Their Sponsors Financially Responsible For Them

Immigration rules to be unveiled Monday will make individual U.S. citizens financially responsible for the immigrants they sponsor - a requirement that may profoundly change who comes to this country …

Feds Order Potty Breaks For Workers Some Employers Reluctant To Grant Bathroom Passes

The federal government is promising new relief from a classic cause of stress. It’s starting to issue citations against employers who don’t let workers go to the bathroom when they …

New Ecology Chief May Lift Grass-Burn Ban Riveland’s Vow Could Fade With Retirement; Possible Reversal Angers Doctors, Activists

Spokane residents thought they’d won a bluegrass burning ban when former Washington Department of Ecology Director Mary Riveland announced a three-year phase-out last year. “We pledge to put alternatives to …

Health Board Decides To Swallow New Rules For Outdoor Vendors Tougher Regulations Criticized As Too Strict

Faced with protests from dozens of local food vendors, the Spokane Regional Health Board decided Thursday to temporarily waive tougher vendor health standards adopted last year. Pressed against the walls …