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Sep 19, 2013

Prospects dimming for Obama’s energy regulator nominee

WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – The prospects of Ron Binz
taking the reins at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
dimmed on Thursday when Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
said he would “work to defeat” the former Colorado regulator.

“Binz has a proven track record of hostility toward coal and
other traditional fossil fuels,” McConnell, from the
coal-producing state of Kentucky, said in a statement.

Sep 19, 2013

Senate approves measure to avoid ‘helium cliff’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Senate on Thursday easily passed a measure that would prevent a shutdown of the U.S. helium reserve program in early October.

Helium – best known as the gas used to fill party balloons – is a critical product in the aerospace and defense industries and also used in the manufacture of smart phones and medical equipment, among other things.

Sep 17, 2013

Energy regulator nominee criticized for non mainstream view

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and some Democrats criticized Ron Binz in a hearing on Tuesday on his nomination to lead a key U.S. energy regulatory agency as being non mainstream because his views on the nation’s energy future support renewable sources like wind over coal and natural gas.

Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from 2007 to 2011 and currently a regulatory consultant, Binz was nominated by President Barack Obama in July to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Sep 17, 2013

U.S. energy regulator nominee criticized for non mainstream view

WASHINGTON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Republicans and some
Democrats criticized Ron Binz in a hearing on Tuesday on his
nomination to lead a key U.S. energy regulatory agency as being
non mainstream because his views on the nation’s energy future
support renewable sources like wind over coal and natural gas.

Chairman of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission from
2007 to 2011 and currently a regulatory consultant, Binz was
nominated by President Barack Obama in July to lead the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission.

Sep 13, 2013

U.S. puts conditions on Honeywell’s Intermec purchase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities on Friday cleared Honeywell International’s proposed purchase of mobile computing device maker Intermec on the condition that Honeywell license to a competitor certain key patents used in barcode scanners.

“Although divestiture of assets is the preferred remedy in merger cases, licensing requirements can preserve competition in markets where access to needed technology is the main barrier to entry,” said Deborah Feinstein, director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, said in a statement.

Sep 5, 2013

U.S. announces $474 million in transport infrastructure grants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will make about $474 million in discretionary grants for transportation projects in 37 states, the Department of Transportation said on Thursday.

Projects ranging from bike trails to bridge repair or replacement and port expansion will be funded under the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program, said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Aug 27, 2013

Farm income poised for record in 2013: USDA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. agricultural sector will enjoy record high income in 2013 as bin-busting grain harvests in the Midwest more than offset expected lower prices, the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

Net farm income in the United States will reach $120.6 billion this year, up 6 percent from 2012 but down from the $128.2 billion preliminarily forecast in February, mostly reflecting updated forecasts for cash corn receipts.

Aug 27, 2013

U.S. farm income poised for record in 2013 -USDA

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The U.S. agricultural sector
will enjoy record high income in 2013 as bin-busting grain
harvests in the Midwest more than offset expected lower prices,
the Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.

Net farm income in the United States will reach $120.6
billion this year, up 6 percent from 2012 but down from the
$128.2 billion preliminarily forecast in February, mostly
reflecting updated forecasts for cash corn receipts.

Aug 9, 2013

Apple patent wins could mean U.S. import ban for Samsung

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some older Samsung Electronics Co. mobile devices face a sales and import ban in the United States after a U.S. trade panel ruled for Apple Inc. in a high-profile patent infringement case.

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday ruled that South Korea’s Samsung infringes on portions of two Apple Inc patents on digital mobile devices, covering the detection of headphone jacks and operation of touchscreens.

Jul 17, 2013

Japan team wraps up USDA meeting on GM wheat situation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Japanese delegation is completing talks with the U.S. Department of Agriculture aimed at restarting purchases of U.S. western white wheat, which were halted after the discovery of an unapproved genetically modified strain growing in Oregon.

“USDA is hosting a team from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries for technical discussions in support of the resumption of trade of U.S. western wheat,” a USDA spokesman told Reuters.

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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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