Federal law requires criminal background checks on people obtaining guns in stores, pawn shops, and from other licensed dealers. More than a dozen states also require background checks for privately exchanged guns. A new survey finds that the overall rate of background checks is higher in those states.
Plastic pollution is a problem on Hawaii’s beaches, but tiny beads and fragments from cosmetics, clothing, and other consumer products that lurk below the water’s surface also have scientists worried. These microplastic particles can be mistaken for food by marine life and make their way up the food chain.