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Dec 4, 2014

Special Report: Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused by farmers

NEW YORK/ATLANTA (Reuters) – It is one of the most potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the world’s largest animal health company.

But the strength of the antibiotic ceftiofur – and the frequency with which it’s being misused on farms across America – has created a threat to human health that may overshadow the drug’s effectiveness, a Reuters examination shows.

Dec 4, 2014

The spread of an antibiotic-resistant ‘superbug’

Dec 3 (Reuters) – A week after grilling hamburgers in his
backyard in November 2011, business consultant Kenneth Koehler
became violently ill. He suffered stomach pains, diarrhea and
nausea – and rushed to the hospital emergency room in Biddeford,
Maine.

Days later, his doctors told him that his burger was
contaminated with Salmonella Typhirium, a strain commonly found
in ground beef.

Dec 4, 2014

Powerful antibiotic for cows often misused by farmers

NEW YORK/ATLANTA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – It is one of the most
potent antibiotics used by U.S. cattle and dairy farmers, the
key component in the top-selling drug line of Zoetis, the
world’s largest animal health company.

But the strength of the antibiotic ceftiofur – and the
frequency with which it’s being misused on farms across America
- has created a threat to human health that may overshadow the
drug’s effectiveness, a Reuters examination shows.

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.