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Oct 29, 2014

Snap to it: U.S. mulls adding turtles to endangered species list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government has proposed adding four types of freshwater turtles to an international endangered species list, in part to better monitor exports of the species, whose meat is considered a delicacy in Asia.

Under the plan the common snapping turtle, Florida softshell turtle, smooth softshell turtle and spiny softshell turtle would be listed under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a global pact ratified by 180 countries.

Oct 8, 2014

U.S. fuel economy hits new high in 2013 model year -EPA

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – American motorists stand to
save billions of dollars a year from higher fuel economy
vehicles now on the road, the Environmental Protection Agency
said on Wednesday.

Fuel economy for new light-duty vehicles in the United
States reached an all-time high in the 2013 model year,
averaging 24.1 miles per gallon, up 0.5 mpg on the year, the EPA
said in an annual report. At the same time, average carbon
dioxide emissions fell to a record low.

Sep 30, 2014

U.S. FERC approves Dominion’s Cove Point LNG export facility

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – U.S. federal regulators late
Monday approved construction of Dominion Resources’
liquefied natural gas export project in Cove Point, Maryland.

Cove Point is the fourth U.S. LNG export project to get the
green light to begin construction from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. It will be able to export up to 5.75
million metric tons of LNG a year when fully operational.

Sep 23, 2014

U.S. court halts bitcoin mining operation Butterfly Labs: FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. court has temporarily shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri company the Federal Trade Commission alleges deceptively marketed computers designed to produce bitcoins, the “virtual currency” payment system.

The FTC’s complaint against Butterfly and its corporate officers alleges that the company charged consumers thousands of dollars for its bitcoin computers, called BitForce, but then failed to ship the computers until they were almost obsolete, or in many cases did not provide the computers at all.

Sep 17, 2014

Yelp, TinyCo fined by U.S. for improperly collecting kids’ data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The popular online review site Yelp and the maker of children’s mobile device apps including Tiny Pets and Tiny Monsters have separately agreed to settle charges that they improperly collected kids’ information online, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

A U.S. law called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, requires that companies collecting information online about children under age 13 follow a number of steps to ensure that the children’s information is protected.

Sep 17, 2014

Chinese hacked U.S. military contractors, Senate probe finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers associated with the Chinese government have repeatedly infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, technology companies and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment, a U.S. Senate panel has found.

The Senate Armed Services Committee’s year-long probe, details of which were made public on Wednesday, found that the military’s U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was aware of only two out of at least 20 such cyber intrusions within a single year.

Sep 11, 2014

Big crop gets bigger: USDA raises U.S. corn, soybean estimates

WASHINGTON, Sept 11 (Reuters) – U.S. corn and soybean
production in 2014, already pegged at record highs, will be
higher than expected a month ago and somewhat above trade
expectations, the U.S. government said on Thursday, triggering a
swift drop in Chicago grain markets.

Soybean futures fell about 1.5 percent to a new
contract low on the Department of Agriculture report, corn
skidded about 2.5 percent and wheat, already at its lowest
since July 2010, extended its losses to about 1.3 percent on a
larger-than-expected jump in projected world stocks.

Sep 9, 2014

U.S. proposes rules to prevent runaway trains packed with explosive goods

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Tuesday proposed measures to prevent unattended freight trains from causing accidents, the latest of several steps meant to improve oil train safety after a string of serious mishaps in the United States and Canada.

Among other things the rules would prevent trains transporting specific hazardous materials from being left unattended on a mainline track or side track outside a railyard, and call for secure locks to be installed on locomotive doors to prevent unauthorized access.

Sep 3, 2014

Slightly fewer U.S. households lacking enough food -USDA

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The percentage of Americans
regarded as “food insecure” – lacking access to enough food for
a healthy life – has edged down in the past few years but still
represents over 17 million households, the U.S. Agriculture
Department said on Wednesday.

About 14.3 percent of households were termed food insecure
in 2013, down from 14.9 percent in 2011.

Sep 3, 2014

Fewer U.S. households lacking enough food – USDA

WASHINGTON, Sept 3 (Reuters) – The percentage of Americans
regarded as “food insecure” – lacking access to enough food for
a healthy life – has declined in the past few years but still
represents over 17 million households, the U.S. Agriculture
Department said on Wednesday.

About 14.3 percent of households were termed food insecure
in 2013, down from 14.9 percent in 2011.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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