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Dec 23, 2013

Obama goes for ‘bronze’ in symbolic health insurance signup

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama enrolled in a less expensive option offered by his healthcare reform plan in a show of support for the law before a signup deadline Monday, the White House said.

Obama chose an individual “bronze” plan on the Washington, D.C., exchange, at a cost of less than $400 a month – a bargain for a man who earns $400,000 a year running the United States.

Dec 23, 2013

Obama cheers for brother-in-law at college basketball tourney

HONOLULU (Reuters) – The Oregon State University men’s basketball team might have felt some additional pressure on Sunday when first fan, U.S. President Barack Obama, and family showed up to cheer the team at a tournament in Hawaii.

The OSU Beavers are coached by Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s older brother. They held a 6-2 record going into a matchup with the University of Akron Zips at the Diamond Head Classic, an annual eight-team invitational event.

Dec 23, 2013

U.S. will seek triggers to reimpose sanctions on Iran: Rice

HONOLULU (Reuters) – The United States and its allies will have ways to reimpose sanctions on Iran if the Islamic Republic is caught making bombs after striking a deal to freeze its nuclear program, national security adviser Susan Rice said on Sunday.

In an interview on the CBS news program “60 Minutes,” Rice rejected the idea that, once relaxed, the economic sanctions on Tehran would be hard to reinstate.

Dec 21, 2013

Obama warns South Sudan after U.S. military aircraft attacked

HONOLULU (Reuters) – President Barack Obama was briefed by his national security team on Saturday after four U.S. military service members were wounded when their aircraft were fired upon during a mission to evacuate American citizens from chaotic South Sudan.

“Any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community,” the White House said in a statement following Obama’s call with National Security Adviser Susan Rice and other top aides.

Dec 7, 2013

U.S. extends permits to 30 yrs for wind farms that accidentally kill eagles

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The Obama administration on
Friday extended the length of permits that allow wind farms and
other operations to accidentally kill protected eagles to 30
years, drawing fire from wildlife conservationists.

The move to offer permits of up to three decades, from a
previous maximum of five years, had been urged by the wind
energy industry but was attacked by a leading wildlife group as
a “stunningly bad move.”

Dec 6, 2013

US extends permits for wind farms that accidentally kill eagles

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday
extended the length of permits allowing wind farms and other
operations to accidentally kill protected eagles, drawing fire
from wildlife conservationists.

The move to offer permits of up to 30 years, up from a
maximum of five years, had been urged by the wind energy
industry but was attacked by a leading wildlife group as a
“stunningly bad move.”

Nov 26, 2013

White House keeps up food stamp pressure on Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration kept pressure on Congress on Tuesday to pass a new multi-year farm bill without resorting to the steep cuts in food stamp funding contained in the version approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Lawmakers are on recess this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Two days of talks among Congress’ top agricultural negotiators last week failed to close the gap on food stamps between Republicans and the Democratic-run Senate, whose version proposes much smaller cuts.

Nov 20, 2013

U.S. to screen obese pilots, controllers for sleep apnea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Overweight U.S. pilots and air traffic controllers will soon need to be screened for sleep apnea, a condition that can cause daytime sleepiness and potentially jeopardize passenger safety, according to a new federal policy.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s chief medical officer told physicians in a recent memo that they will shortly be required to calculate the body mass index (BMI) of pilots and controllers and send those with a BMI of 40 or more to be evaluated by a sleep specialist.

Nov 8, 2013

FDA seeks to ban trans fats in processed foods due to health risks

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fats in processed food ranging from cookies to frozen pizza, citing the risk of heart disease.

Partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of the fats, have been shown to raise “bad” cholesterol. Reducing the use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease a year, the FDA said.

Nov 7, 2013

U.S. FDA moves to ban trans fats, citing health risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed banning artificial trans fat in processed food, a move that was welcomed by public health advocates but which rattled vegetable oil markets and pushed prices down sharply.

The FDA said reducing partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from the American diet could prevent 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year.

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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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