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North Carolina to criminalize disclosure of fracking chemicals information

The North Carolina Senate has approved a proposal filed by three Republican state senators to criminalize the disclosure of confidential information concerning the type of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing.
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IHS: Lifting export restrictions on US crude oil would be smart move

Lifting the restrictions on U.S. crude oil exports would be a wise move, says market and economic information provider IHS.
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US agencies to tackle future foodborne disease outbreaks together

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have agreed to combine their expertise to tackle foodborne health hazards.
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US pharma major Abbott to pay $2.9 billion for Chile's CFR

U.S. pharmaceuticals and healthcare products major Abbott Laboratories has agreed to acquire Chile-based pharmaceutical firm CFR Pharmaceuticals SA in a deal worth $2.9 billion.
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US companies led the world in fracking technology patents in 2013

U.S. oil and gas services companies were the most active filers of patents for fracking technology last year.
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New rules imposed on Keystone XL after detection of pipeline defects

Two new conditions have been added by safety regulators to the 57 already agreed regarding the construction of TransCanada Corp.'s Keystone XL oil pipeline.
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Russia cuts US frozen poultry imports by 34% in Q1

Russia cut the volume of frozen poultry it imports from the United States by 34% to 47,200 metric tons in the first three months of 2014, partly due to Moscow's measures to limit its dependence on external markets by boosting its own poultry production.
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Researchers use 'magnetized' yeast to produce sparkling wine in less time

A European research team has engineered a new process that drastically reduces the time required to remove waste yeast from sparkling wine.
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Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride make bids to acquire Hillshire Brands

Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride are engaged in a multi-billion dollar bidding war for sausage company Hillshire Brands.
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Chemicals in everyday products found to cause breast cancer in lab rodents

Chemicals found in everyday products have been found to cause breast cancer in laboratory rodents, suggesting that they may have a similar effect in humans.
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