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May 29, 2013

Safer mad cow rating could boost U.S. beef exports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has upgraded the United States’ risk classification for mad cow disease to its safest level, which could increase U.S. beef exports, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.

The decision to rank the United States’ risk as “negligible” instead of “controlled” came at the OIE’s annual meeting in Paris. Its scientific arm earlier recommended the upgrade after reviewing U.S. safeguards.

May 29, 2013

Chairman of U.S. energy regulatory commission to depart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, has submitted his resignation to President Barack Obama, an agency spokesman said on Wednesday.

Wellinghoff will remain at FERC and continue to vote on commission matters until a replacement is nominated and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, a process that could take several months.

May 22, 2013

U.S. House votes to force approval of Keystone pipeline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives approved a bill as expected on Wednesday declaring that a presidential permit was not needed to approve the Canada-to-Nebraska leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a move that would take a decision on the project away from the Obama administration.

The Republican-controlled House voted 241-175 with support from some Democrats.

The bill faces an uphill battle because it would have to pass the Senate with enough votes to overcome a promised veto from President Barack Obama.

May 21, 2013

White House threatens veto of bill to bypass Obama on Keystone

WASHINGTON, May 21 (Reuters) – The White House has
threatened to veto legislation pending in the U.S House of
Representatives that could strip from President Barack Obama the
authority to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The Republican-controlled House is expected on Wednesday to
vote on, and almost certainly approve, H.R. 3, the Northern
Route Approval Act.

May 18, 2013

Cyber experts fear escalation of attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cybersecurity professionals know a myriad of ways hackers can try to wreak havoc on critical infrastructure or infiltrate corporations to steal or spy, but it is the fear of the unknown that some say keeps them up at night.

U.S. security officials and private sector experts wonder what kinds of time-bombs can be – or have been – embedded by malware into computer networks, just waiting to explode.

May 17, 2013

Virus found in Iowa hog population, possibly beyond

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), a virus associated with diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration in hogs, has been found in Iowa and possibly beyond, U.S. government and private industry officials said on Friday.

The outbreak, the severity of which is not yet known, is believed to be the first of PEDV in the western hemisphere, although the virus exists in much of the world.

May 8, 2013

Lawmakers advance bill on prescription drug tracking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A House of Representatives panel advanced a bill on Wednesday on how the federal government should track prescription drugs as they move through the distribution chain, over the objections of some Democrats who said the proposal did not go far enough to ensure safety.

The draft legislation approved by the House Energy and Commerce health subcommittee was aimed at enhancing supply chain security for patients, including protection against counterfeit or stolen drugs.

May 8, 2013

U.S. lawmakers advance bill on prescription drug tracking

WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. House of
Representatives panel advanced a bill on Wednesday on how the
federal government should track prescription drugs as they move
through the distribution chain, over the objections of some
Democrats who said the proposal did not go far enough to ensure
safety.

The draft legislation approved by the House Energy and
Commerce health subcommittee was aimed at enhancing supply chain
security for patients, including protection against counterfeit
or stolen drugs.

Apr 24, 2013

Flight delays due to furloughs not as bad as feared: FAA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Flight delays in the United States linked to the furlough of thousands of air traffic controllers have not been as bad as expected so far, the head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told lawmakers the agency could not find the kind of “sizeable” non-payroll budget cuts that would have avoided furloughs and the resulting flight delays, but added that passenger safety is not at risk.

Mar 13, 2013

AccuWeather says most of US setting up for good growing year

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – The spring weather pattern
for the United States looks greatly improved from a year ago,
when drought was both widespread and severe, which is good news
for agricultural producers, a private weather forecaster said on
Wednesday.

A series of winter storms, which have continued into March,
add up to a more positive outlook for crops that will be planted
from the Plains to the East Coast, AccuWeather said in its 2013
U.S. spring weather outlook.

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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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