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March 2, 2012 New USDA 'Compass' Maps Support Local Meat and Poultry

Source: Food Safety News

The U.S. Department of Agriculture this week launched an interactive map showing USDA-supported projects helping local and regional food systems, including the recent focus on supporting small meat processors.

March 2, 2012 Most EU leaders sign treaty aimed at debt crisis

Source: LA Times

LONDON -- Leaders from 25 of the European Union's 27 countries signed a new treaty on fiscal discipline Friday in a move they hope will help resolve the region's long-running debt crisis and prevent future occurrences. The...

March 2, 2012 Obama Seeks to End Subsidies for Oil and Gas Companies

Source: NY Times

NASHUA, N.H. — With his re-election fate increasingly tied to the price Americans are paying at the gas pump, President Obama asked Congress on Thursday to end $4 billion in subsidies for oil and gas companies and vowed to tackle...

March 1, 2012 Healthcare reform law takes a hit

Source: UPI

A U.S. House subcommittee voted Wednesday to repeal the healthcare reform law's cost-control board. The measure cleared the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee on a 17-5, The Hill reported. Two Democrats voted in favor of...

March 1, 2012 China asks EU to withdraw carbon tax plan

Source: Times of India

BEIJING: China today asked the European Union to take into consideration the serious concerns of the international community over its carbon emissions tax plan for air and shipping services, warning the 27-nation bloc not to...

March 1, 2012 Governments embrace carbon voluntary market: report

Source: Reuters

LONDON - A growing number of national and regional governments are likely to use voluntary carbon credits to meet mandatory climate targets, a report by U.S. research company Ecosystem Marketplace said on Thursday.

March 1, 2012 Corporate governance in 'muddy water' as firms up lobbying activities

Source: Professional Pensions

Shareholders like pension funds are operating in a “fuzzy” area between politics and the markets as major companies increase their lobbying efforts. University of Warwick Business School professor emeritus Colin Crouch told...

March 1, 2012 A $250 Million Fraud Scheme Finds a Path to Brighton Beach

Source: NY Times

The plot involved 10 doctors, 9 separate clinics in New York City and 105 different corporations, all in service of a health care fraud ring that federal authorities say conspired to steal more than a quarter of a billion dollars...

March 1, 2012 Western sanctions tighten squeeze on Iran oil exports

Source: Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Western trade sanctions against Iran are strangling its oil exports even before they go into effect, a U.S. advisory body has found, amid warnings that any shortages will only push up crude prices and...

February 29, 2012 Chu Says U.S. Considers Oil Reserve Amid Iran ‘Concern’

Source: Bloomberg

The Obama administration is considering the option of tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve amid concerns that Iran will interrupt oil supplies and push gasoline prices higher, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said. “We’re very...

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