Tom Dreisbach

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On Amazon, Dubious 'Antiviral' Supplements Proliferate Amid Pandemic

Monday, July 27, 2020

Federal law generally prohibits dietary supplements from claiming to treat specific diseases or viruses. Yet NPR found more than 100 products sold on Amazon that make unsubstantiated antiviral claims.


She's A Frontline Doctor. Her Husband Has Lung Cancer. Now, A Simple Hug Is Dangerous

Sunday, June 07, 2020

When Lauren Jenkins learned a coworker had tested positive for the coronavirus, she did what once would've seemed unthinkable — separating from her two young boys and a husband with stage IV cancer.


LA Sues California Company, Alleging 'Sophisticated' COVID-19 Fraud

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The city attorney accuses Wellness Matrix Group of "shocking deceptive conduct" over its sales of purported "at-home" coronavirus tests and virus-killing disinfectant.


Los Angeles Authorities Sue A Company For Coronavirus-Related Fraud

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Los Angeles authorities announce a lawsuit against Wellness Matrix Group company for selling non-FDA-approved tests and making false claims about their disinfectant.


LA Reaches Legal Settlement With Company For 'False Advertising' Of COVID-19 Test

Saturday, April 25, 2020

The Los Angeles city attorney reached a settlement with RootMD over sales of "at-home Covid-19 exposure and immunity tests." The city attorney alleged RootMD violated food and drug regulations.


Top Wall Street Regulators Warn Against Coronavirus Investment Scams

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The leaders of the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division say they are taking aggressive action to combat potential investment fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


SEC Suspends Trading Of Company That Sold 'At-Home' COVID-19 Tests

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Wellness Matrix Group said the test had been approved but the Food and Drug Administration said it has not authorized any such product.


Los Angeles Authorities Sue Company For 'Illegally Selling' At-Home COVID-19 Test

Monday, April 06, 2020

The Food and Drug Administration says it has not authorized any at-home tests for the coronavirus. After one company started selling an at-home test in March, the city attorney of Los Angeles sued.


Exclusive: California Company Under Scrutiny For 'At-Home' Coronavirus Test Claims

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The Wellness Matrix Group has offered customers an "at-home kit" for coronavirus testing that is "FDA Approved." But the agency has not approved any such tests, and customers say they feel scammed.


Investigating A Company Selling Supposedly 'FDA Approved' Home Coronavirus Tests

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

The federal government has warned about scams related to the coronavirus pandemic. NPR has been investigating one California company which has sold a supposedly "FDA approved" home test for COVID-19.


How To Spot Scams Targeting Fear Of The Coronavirus

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

An NPR investigative reporter answers listener questions about how to spot scams predicated on the coronavirus.


Exclusive: Video Shows Controversial Use Of Force Inside An ICE Detention Center

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Footage from a privately run immigration detention center in California shows eight men linking arms in a hunger strike. Officers responded with pepper spray, saying the men were inciting "rebellion."


'I Don't Believe This Is Happening': 911 Call Reveals Chaos After Delta Fuel Dump

Monday, February 03, 2020

NPR has obtained audio of a 911 call made immediately after a Delta plane dropped 15,000 gallons of jet fuel over the Los Angeles area, including on the playground of an elementary school.


Despite Findings Of 'Negligent' Care, ICE To Expand Troubled Calif. Detention Center

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A previously confidential report obtained by NPR found major failings at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in California, one of the nation's largest immigration detention centers.


Terrorism Experts Say U.S. Isn't Taking White Supremacist Threats Seriously Enough

Monday, November 25, 2019

White supremacist terrorism is one of the top national security threats facing the U.S. But many terrorism and law enforcement experts say the government has not taken this threat seriously enough.


Mitch McConnell Has Long Argued For More Money In Politics

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Senate Majority Leader McConnell is one of the few politicians who argues for more money in politics. His stance led to a decades-long fight with Sen. John McCain, who pushed for donation limits.


'You May Need The Money More Than I Do': McConnell Once Returned Trump's Donation

Thursday, July 11, 2019

In 1990, Mitch McConnell returned a $1,000 campaign donation from Donald Trump, who was in severe financial trouble. It's a view into a complicated relationship between two very different politicians.


Tobacco's 'Special Friend': What Internal Documents Say About Mitch McConnell

Monday, June 17, 2019

The Senate majority leader wants to raise the age for tobacco sales to 21. An NPR review of once-secret documents shows how closely McConnell has worked with the industry over decades.


Problems With Health Care Contributed To Hurricane Maria Death Toll In Puerto Rico

Thursday, February 21, 2019

An estimated 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria. Most of those deaths occurred weeks or months after the hurricane made landfall — often because of problems with health care.


In Oklahoma, Critics Say Pruitt Stalled Pollution Case After Taking Industry Funds

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

When Scott Pruitt served as Oklahoma's attorney general, he took over a major pollution lawsuit brought by his predecessor. Critics accuse Pruitt of inaction on the case, which remains unresolved.