Lead is regularly found in vintage items more than 40 years old, but also in many new, cheaply made dollar-store goods. Children are especially susceptible to lead-poisoning even at low levels.
Four U.S. states are still struggling with high rates of lead poisoning from soil, pipes and paint. It impacts thousands of people each year, especially low-income communities and families of color.
Frustration is growing among people who depend on public transportation as employees quit and agencies make major cuts. In St. Louis, Mo., a transit agency is losing far more operators than usual.