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  • Cheri White Owl, founder of Horse Feathers Equine Rescue, is pictured with one of the 33 horses for which she  cares in Guthrie, Okla., on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. Ms. White Owl said she's seen more horse neglect during the recession, which coincided with the end of horse slaughtering in the U.S. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Horses soon could be slaughtered for meat in U.S.

    Horses soon could be butchered in the United States for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

  • Bankrupt wireless firm probe kept closed

    A wireless company that went bankrupt owing taxpayers more than $70 million secured a court order Monday to keep under wraps an investigation into whether it has "viable claims" against the federal government.

  • Ringling circus agrees to $270K fine by USDA

    The Virginia-based owner of the Ringling Bros. circus has agreed to pay a $270,000 fine to settle allegations that it violated federal animal-welfare laws in its handling of elephants, tigers, zebras and other exotic animals.

  • A recently disclosed 2008 letter from Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho to the Department of Agriculture supported a loan-guarantee application for Open Range Communications, which the letter said would make it possible for millions of rural Americans to gain access to wireless Internet. The company, which won a $267 million loan guarantee, has filed for bankruptcy. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Bankrupt wireless firm got loan push from taxpayer 'superhero'

    Hailed as a "superhero" by taxpayer watchdogs, Republican Sen. Mike Crapo quietly petitioned the George W. Bush administration to award a massive loan guarantee to a wireless company that just went bankrupt, owing U.S. taxpayers more than $70 million.

  • Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican and chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. (Associated Press)

    Bankrupt firm seeks OK to hire lobbyists despite debt

    On the same week a congressional panel launched a probe into bankrupt wireless provider Open Range Communications — which has laid off most of its workforce and owes taxpayers more than $70 million — the company decided it needs more Washington lobbyists.

  • Bankrupt firm, owing U.S., retains lobbyist

    Less than three years after closing on a big federal loan deal, Open Range Communications has laid off most of its employees, stopped accepting new customers and filed for bankruptcy - owing the federal government more than $70 million.

  • Associated Press photographs
Black angus cattle grazed near the lodge at the Diamond Cross Ranch along the Tongue River near Birney, Mont., on Saturday. The ranch is fighting proposed coal bed methane production on its lands. Forrest E. Mars Jr., the former chief executive of McLean-based Mars Inc., owns the sprawling ranch.

    BOYLE: What the heck is GIPSA?

    Job creation is at the forefront of most Americans' minds - and rightly so. With unemployment hovering in the 9 percent range, the need for family-sustaining jobs is abundantly clear.

  • ** FILE ** In this June 27, 2011, photo, a Kroger store receipt with a food recall notice on it sits near a check out lane at a Cincinnati Kroger. Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    E. coli scare prompts Tyson to recall ground beef

    Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling about 131,300 pounds of ground beef because a family in Ohio fell ill after eating meat produced by the company that was contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday.

  • Cargill recalls more ground turkey tainted by salmonella

    CHICAGO - Cargill Inc. announced a second recall of ground turkey products Sunday after a test showed salmonella in a sample from the same Arkansas plant tied to a recall issued last month.

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