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Nov 18, 2014

Special Report: In Pentagon deal with Russians, big profit for tiny Florida firm

ATLANTA/MOSCOW (Reuters) – For months, a powerful U.S. senator has been pushing for details of a murky deal under which a Russian manufacturer supplies the rocket engines used to launch America’s spy satellites into space.

At issue: how much the U.S. Air Force pays for the engines, how much the Russians receive, and whether members of the elite in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia are secretly profiting by inflating the price.

Nov 18, 2014

In Pentagon deal with Russians, big profit for tiny Florida firm

ATLANTA/MOSCOW, Nov 18 (Reuters) – For months, a powerful
U.S. senator has been pushing for details of a murky deal under
which a Russian manufacturer supplies the rocket engines used to
launch America’s spy satellites into space.

At issue: how much the U.S. Air Force pays for the engines,
how much the Russians receive, and whether members of the elite
in President Vladimir Putin’s Russia are secretly profiting by
inflating the price.

Nov 5, 2014

Special Report: In oil baron’s divorce, company lawyer plays star role

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – During the divorce trial of oil baron Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann, an unusual relationship took shape in the Oklahoma courtroom as the marriage was being dismantled.

From the bench, Special Judge Howard Haralson playfully tossed red and white peppermints to a lawyer sitting alone in the jury box who didn’t represent either of the Hamms in the case.

Nov 5, 2014

In oil baron’s divorce, company lawyer plays star role

OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov 5 (Reuters) – During the divorce trial of
oil baron Harold Hamm and wife Sue Ann, an unusual relationship
took shape in the Oklahoma courtroom as the marriage was being
dismantled.

From the bench, Special Judge Howard Haralson playfully
tossed red and white peppermints to a lawyer sitting alone in
the jury box who didn’t represent either of the Hamms in the
case.

Sep 24, 2014

Exclusive: Oil company rewrites its history, may aid founder’s divorce case

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – Oil driller Continental Resources Inc has been revising its corporate history in ways that diminish the publicly traded company’s accomplishments under CEO Harold Hamm, part of a legal strategy that might help Hamm avoid the largest divorce award in U.S. history.

Downplaying his role in Continental’s success is central to Hamm’s chances of minimizing the financial blow from his divorce, lawyers say.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. lawmakers want to curb antibiotic use on farms

By Brian Grow and P.J. Huffstutter

(Reuters) – Two U.S. lawmakers are calling for action to rein in antibiotic use in livestock in response to a Reuters investigation showing how top U.S. poultry firms have been administering drugs to their flocks.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D-NY), said she plans to introduce new legislation authorizing the Food and Drug Administration to collect data on “farm-level antibiotic use.” The pledge was part of a letter Gillibrand sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. In the letter, Gillibrand said that “the scale of injudicious use” of antibiotics in poultry production documented by Reuters “was staggering.”

Sep 15, 2014

Special Report: Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

ATLANTA/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health.

Internal records examined by Reuters reveal that some of the nation’s largest poultry producers routinely feed chickens an array of antibiotics – not just when sickness strikes, but as a standard practice over most of the birds’ lives.

Sep 15, 2014

Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks

ATLANTA/CHICAGO, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Major U.S. poultry
firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more
pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to
human health.

Internal records examined by Reuters reveal that some of the
nation’s largest poultry producers routinely feed chickens an
array of antibiotics – not just when sickness strikes, but as a
standard practice over most of the birds’ lives.

Jun 5, 2014

Michigan AG charges Chesapeake with racketeering and fraud

ATLANTA, June 5 (Reuters) – Michigan’s attorney general
filed felony racketeering and fraud claims against Chesapeake
Energy Corp. on Thursday, alleging the company canceled
hundreds of private land leases under false pretenses following
a short-lived oil and gas boom in the state in 2010.

The charges, filed in Michigan state court in Cheboygan,
allege Chesapeake, through its leasing agents, victimized
private landowners in northern Michigan by falsely claiming
mortgages on their properties were a legitimate basis for the
lease cancellations. Landowners were previously told the
mortgages were not a problem, the state alleged.

Jan 27, 2014

Drug critic slams FDA over antibiotic oversight in meat production

By P.J. Huffstutter and Brian Grow

(Reuters) – The Food and Drug Administration allowed 18 animal drugs to stay on the market even after an agency review found the drugs posed a “high risk” of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through the food supply, according to a study released Monday by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The study by the NRDC, a non-governmental group that criticizes the widespread use of drugs in the meat industry, is the latest salvo in the national debate over the long-standing practice of antibiotic use in meat production. Agribusinesses say animal drugs help increase production and keep prices low for U.S. consumers, while consumer advocates and some scientists raise concerns over antibiotic-resistant bacteria.