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Aug 28, 2015

Obama to name James O’Brien hostage affairs envoy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will name James O’Brien special presidential envoy for hostage affairs as part of a response to complaints about the government’s handling of hostage situations.

O’Brien is currently vice chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a strategic advisory firm. O’Brien worked at the State Department from 1989 to 2001 in various positions, including senior advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the White House said in a statement on his appointment.

Aug 27, 2015

U.S. court places hold on federal water protection rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court on Thursday blocked a
federal clean water rule from going into effect until a legal
challenge has been resolved, handing a victory to states and
business groups who have strongly opposed the regulation.

The U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
granted a preliminary injunction against the so-called Waters of
the United States (WOTUS) rule finalized by the Environmental
Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.

Aug 26, 2015

Washington D.C. regulators reject Exelon-Pepco power merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Utilities regulators for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Exelon Corp’s (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc (POM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), dealing a major blow to a deal that would have created the country’s top power distributor.

Pepco shares fell 15.4 percent, and Exelon was down about 4 percent after the D.C. Public Service Commission said the companies had not proven that the proposed merger was in the public interest.

Aug 25, 2015

District of Columbia regulators reject Exelon-Pepco merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied Exelon Corp’s (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc (POM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), possibly delivering a knockout blow to the deal.

Pepco shares fell nearly 15 percent, and Exelon was down nearly 4 percent after the three-member commission said the companies had not proven that the proposed merger was in the public interest.

Aug 25, 2015

Washington, D.C. regulators reject Exelon-Pepco merger, shares tumble

By Ayesha Rascoe

(Reuters) – The Public Service Commission of the District of
Columbia on Tuesday delivered a potential knockout blow to
Exelon Corp’s $6.8 billion bid for Pepco Holdings Inc
, denying the companies’ merger request.

In a surprise ruling that sent shares of Pepco tumbling
nearly 20 percent and Exelon shares down almost 6 percent, the
three-member commission said the companies had not proven that
the proposed merger was in the public interest.

Aug 4, 2015

Cecil the lion case charts new territory for U.S. wildlife law

WASHINGTON, Aug4 (Reuters) – A 115-year-old U.S. law aimed at preventing unlawful animal trafficking may be difficult to enforce in the case of an American hunter who killed a celebrated Zimbabwean lion.

The killing last month of 13-year-old Cecil, a rare black-maned lion, sparked international outrage among animal lovers. Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist, has admitted to killing the lion, but has said through a publicist he thought the hunt was legal.

Jul 30, 2015

Killing of Cecil the lion triggers probe by U.S. agency – source

By Ayesha Rascoe and Barbara Liston

(Reuters) – The killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe by American dentist and trophy hunter Walter Palmer is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to see if it was part of a conspiracy to violate U.S. laws against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case said.

The service is probing the killing under the Lacey Act, which bars trading in wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported or sold, the source said on Thursday.

Jul 30, 2015

U.S. agency probes possible legal violation in lion killing: source

By Ayesha Rascoe and Barbara Liston

(Reuters) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating whether the killing of a beloved lion by an American dentist in Zimbabwe was part of a conspiracy to violate a U.S. law against illegal wildlife trading, a source close to the case told Reuters on Thursday.

The source said the service is investigating the killing under the Lacey Act, a U.S. law that bars trading in wildlife that has been illegally killed, transported or sold.

Jul 13, 2015

Insight – Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A wildlife protection fight over a quirky ground-dwelling bird highlights how two U.S. environmental groups have increasingly dominated the process of species protection, sparking a backlash from pro-business Republicans.

A Reuters review of hundreds of federal records over a 10-year period shows how the non-profit groups have had success by inundating Washington with petitions for new protected-species listings and lawsuits designed to compel regulators to respond.

Jul 13, 2015

Sage grouse flies into U.S. species protection crossfire

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) – A wildlife protection fight
over a quirky ground-dwelling bird highlights how two U.S.
environmental groups have increasingly dominated the process of
species protection, sparking a backlash from pro-business
Republicans.

A Reuters review of hundreds of federal records over a
10-year period shows how the non-profit groups have had success
by inundating Washington with petitions for new
protected-species listings and lawsuits designed to compel
regulators to respond.

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