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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.

Nov 4, 2013

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion to end U.S. drug probes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to end civil and criminal investigations into kickbacks to pharmacists and the marketing of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday.

The resolution of the long-running case covers the marketing of the anti-psychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega and the heart drug Natrecor over several years.

Nov 4, 2013

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 bln to end US drug probes

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – In one of the largest health
care fraud settlements in U.S. history, Johnson & Johnson
will pay $2.2 billion to end civil and criminal
investigations into kickbacks to pharmacists and the marketing
of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses, U.S. Attorney General
Eric Holder said on Monday.

The resolution of the long-running case covers the marketing
of the anti-psychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega and the heart
drug Natrecor over several years.

Oct 29, 2013

Tech companies seek fast action on U.S. ‘patent troll’ bill

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Technology companies on
Tuesday urged fast action on a patent reform bill in testimony
before the House Judiciary Committee, including tackling what
they termed the rising tide of costly lawsuits by “patent
trolls.”

The Innovation Act, introduced last week by Representative
Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who chairs the committee,
aims to increase transparency and accountability in the patent
litigation system.

Oct 29, 2013

Technology companies urge action on ‘patent trolls’ in U.S. patent bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Technology companies on Tuesday urged fast action on a patent reform bill that tackles key aspects of the U.S. patent system, including the rising tide of abusive lawsuits by so-called “patent trolls.”

The “Innovation Act,” introduced last week by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, aims to increase transparency and accountability in the patent litigation system.

Oct 29, 2013

Tech companies urge action on “patent trolls” in U.S. patent bill

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Technology companies on
Tuesday urged fast action on a patent reform bill that tackles
key aspects of the U.S. patent system, including the rising tide
of abusive lawsuits by so-called “patent trolls.”

The “Innovation Act,” introduced last week by Rep. Bob
Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican who chairs the House Judiciary
Committee, aims to increase transparency and accountability in
the patent litigation system.

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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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