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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.

Feb 13, 2013

U.S. DOE rapped over $150 mln grant to Korean battery subsidiary

WASHINGTON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Energy
has been criticized by its own internal watchdog for poor
oversight of millions of dollars in grants to a U.S. subsidiary
of South Korea’ LG Group that have not so far resulted in any
products used in vehicles sold to the public.

“Work performed under the grant to LG Chem Michigan had not
been managed effectively,” Gregory Friedman, the DOE’s inspector
general, concluded in a report dated Feb. 8 and made public on
Wednesday.

Feb 6, 2013

Obama taps REI chief Sally Jewell for interior secretary

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Sally Jewell, a retail
executive and outdoor enthusiast, is President Barack Obama’s
pick to oversee the national parks and vast energy reserves on
public lands as U.S. interior secretary.

Obama nominated Jewell, chief executive of outdoor retailer
REI, on Wednesday, calling her an “expert on the energy and
climate issues that are going to shape our future” as well as a
savvy executive who understands the link between conservation
and economic progress.

Jan 16, 2013

USDA launches micro loan program for small farmers

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of
Agriculture announced a new program on Tuesday to help small
farming operations, including those run by minority or socially
disadvantaged farmers, improve their access to credit.

The program, administered through USDA’s Farm Service
Agency, will offer various loans of up to $35,000 for terms of
up to seven years to help recipients deal with farming’s often
prohibitive start-up costs.

Jan 7, 2013

Seahawks rally to beat Redskins, Griffin injured

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) – Seattle’s Russell Wilson outdueled Washington’s Robert Griffin III in a clash of outstanding rookie quarterbacks to help the Seahawks overcome a 14-0 first-quarter deficit and beat the Redskins 24-14 in their NFL wildcard game on Sunday.

It was the Seahawks’ first playoff victory on the road since a 1983 win over the Miami Dolphins, and set up a divisional round clash against NFC South champions Atlanta on January 13.

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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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