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Jan 8, 2014

U.S. polar vortex brings Big Chill to forest pests: scientists

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The record cold U.S. temperatures may have a silver lining – killing off some tree-eating forest pests that have spread dangerously as the general climate warms up, scientists said.

The deep freeze that shattered decades-old records this week – causing fatalities and snarling air, road and rail traffic – could adversely affect pests such as the emerald ash bore, which is responsible for killing more than 10 million trees, said Robert Venette, a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Jan 7, 2014

Record freeze settles into eastern United States, disrupts travel

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A deadly blast of arctic air shattered decades-old temperature records as it enveloped the eastern United States on Tuesday, canceling thousands of flights, driving energy prices higher and overwhelming shelters for homeless people.

New York’s Central Park hit a record low temperature for the date – 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius) – but with winds gusting to 32 miles per hour conditions felt far colder, the National Weather Service said.

Jan 2, 2014

Powerful storm brings Arctic cold, snow to U.S. Northeast

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON, Jan 2 (Reuters) – The first major
winter storm of 2014 bore down on the northeastern United States
on Thursday with heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong
winds just as many people were returning from holiday breaks.

The double-barreled storm system stretching from the lower
Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast could dump more than 12
inches (30.5 cm) of snow in some areas, especially southern New
England, by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Jan 2, 2014

Powerful storm bears down on U.S. Northeast with Arctic temps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first major winter storm of 2014 bore down on the northeastern United States on Thursday, packing heavy snow, Arctic temperatures and strong winds for returning holiday travelers, forecasters said.

The double-barreled storm system stretching from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast could dump more than 12 inches of snow in some areas, especially southern New England, by Friday morning, the National Weather Service said.

Dec 31, 2013

Firm in Virginia governor’s supplement scandal gets FDA warning

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The company at the heart of a scandal involving the Virginia governor’s promotion of one of its dietary supplement products, has received a warning from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency said on Tuesday.

The FDA sent a letter to Star Scientific Inc on December 20, saying it was making claims on its website about the supplement, Anatabloc, that would require its approval as a drug, the FDA said on its website.

Dec 31, 2013

Firm in Virginia governor’s supplement scandal gets FDA warning

WASHINGTON, Dec 31 (Reuters) – The company at the heart of a
scandal involving the Virginia governor’s promotion of one of
its dietary supplement products, has received a warning from the
Food and Drug Administration, the agency said on Tuesday.

The FDA sent a letter to Star Scientific Inc on
Dec. 20, saying it was making claims on its website about the
supplement, Anatabloc, that would require its approval as a
drug, the FDA said on its website.

Dec 17, 2013

Washington city council ups minimum wage to $11.50/hr in 2016

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Washington’s city council on
Tuesday approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one
of the highest rates among U.S. cities and part of the wealthy
region’s push to hike base pay.

The minimum wage in the U.S. capital would rise in 2016 from
the current $8.25, and then be indexed for inflation. The
council gave unanimous final approval to the measure, which it
first passed two weeks ago.

Dec 17, 2013

Washington, DC city council raises minimum wage to $11.50/hr in 2016

WASHINGTON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Washington’s city council on
Tuesday approved raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, one
of the highest rates among U.S. cities and part of the wealthy
region’s push to hike base pay.

The minimum wage in the U.S. capital would rise in 2016 from
the current $8.25, and then be indexed for inflation. The
council gave unanimous final approval to the measure, which it
first passed two weeks ago.

Dec 11, 2013

U.S. schools look to guards, technology a year after Sandy Hook

MILWAUKEE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A year after a gunman massacred 26 first-graders and adults in a Connecticut elementary school, educational officials across the United States continue to face the longstanding question of how to best protect their students.

Principals and administrators across the country in many cases are choosing between technologies such as electronically controlled doors and the addition of security staff.

Dec 9, 2013

After Newtown, focus of U.S. gun control battle shifts to states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
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      1990
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      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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