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Mar 20, 2015

Graco to pay $10 mln following largest U.S. recall of child car seats

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Child car seat maker Graco
will pay a $10 million fine for failing to give timely notice of
car seats with defective buckles, ending a federal investigation
into the nation’s largest recall of child seats, the U.S.
regulators and the company said on Friday.

Graco Children’s Products Inc, a unit of Newell Rubbermaid
Inc, agreed to pay $3 million now and spend the
remaining $7 million on efforts to improve child safety, they
said.

Mar 18, 2015

Authorities probe threats against Caroline Kennedy in Japan: reports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tokyo police are investigating death threats against U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and another American diplomat, according to media reports.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo received the threats by telephone last month, with several phone calls made by an English-speaking man, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported Tuesday, citing a Tokyo police official.

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola in ‘serious’ condition – NIH

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An American healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone is seriously ill, U.S. health officials said on Friday after evaluating the patient.

The patient arrived in the United States for treatment earlier on Friday and was admitted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s high-security containment facility in Maryland, the NIH said. The patient is the 11 person with the deadly virus treated in the United States, though the last known case was in November.

Mar 13, 2015

U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola arrives at NIH for treatment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An American healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone arrived in the United States for treatment on Friday, U.S. health officials said.

The patient, who was transported in isolation by chartered aircraft, was admitted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s high-security containment facility in Maryland, NIH said in a statement.

Mar 11, 2015

Email controversy may overshadow Clinton presidential launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Controversy over emails could overshadow the launch of Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign after a leading Republican critic raised the prospect on Wednesday of congressional hearings into her use of personal email for work when she was America’s top diplomat.

Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican of South Carolina, said he would like Clinton to testify in Congress by April about using a personal email address instead of a government one while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

Mar 4, 2015

Budget and reform plans put Ukraine on track for IMF aid, says G7

BERLIN/WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – The International
Monetary Fund and Group of Seven leading economic powers on
Wednesday praised the Ukrainian government’s determination to
reform the economy against all odds, with the G7 saying Kiev’s
new draft budget should put it on track for an IMF-led bailout.

Ukraine’s parliament approved on Monday a raft of IMF-backed
amendments to its 2015 draft budget that Kiev hopes will help it
clinch a $17.5 billion bailout from the IMF, whose board is
expected to meet next week.

Mar 2, 2015

Senator Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history, on Monday announced that she will retire at the end of her term, setting up a contest among possible successors in the heavily Democratic state of Maryland.

The top Democrat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Mikulski, 78, told reporters in Baltimore that she would serve out her remaining two years in office. She has served in Congress for nearly 40 years.

Feb 27, 2015

Conservative economist to lead research at U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans lawmakers on Friday appointed a former White House economist with a conservative pedigree to head Congress’s traditionally nonpartisan research body for budget policy.

Keith Hall, who served as chief economist on former President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, will take the reins at the Congressional Budget Office in April.

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. FDA wants more data on sunscreen additives before approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Tuesday it still could not approve two sunscreen ingredients for use in the United States despite years of review, citing a lack of data to support their safety and effectiveness.

The additives, ecamsule and enzacamene, are to protect the skin against cancer-causing ultra-violet (UV) rays. In January, the FDA reached a similar conclusion on six other ingredients that had been pending approval.

Feb 24, 2015

U.S. FDA wants more data on sunscreen additives before approval

WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration said on Tuesday it still could not approve two
sunscreen ingredients for use in the United States despite years
of review, citing a lack of data to support their safety and
effectiveness.

The additives, ecamsule and enzacamene, are to protect the
skin against cancer-causing ultra-violet (UV) rays. In January,
the FDA reached a similar conclusion on six other ingredients
that had been pending approval.