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FDA Looks to Eliminate Some Drug Label Papers

Prescription drug packages include not only medicine but also an array of folded printed instructions and warning notices, all of which are tightly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the drug regulatory agency wants to eliminate some of the dense reading material. In a rule proposal set for publication on Thursday, the FDA proposes eliminating drug-labeling information provided for those who prescribe the drug, such as physicians and pharmacists. Printed label instructions designed for consumers are not the subject of the rule proposal.

Report: No Consensus on Privacy Infrastructure by 2025

There isn’t a consensus on whether in the next decade we’ll have a commonly-accepted “privacy-rights infrastructure” that balances business innovation and individual privacy options, according to a report released Thursday by the Pew Research Center and Elon University.

McCain Wants 'Comprehensive Cybersecurity Legislation,' Once Fought It

Riffing on the news over Sony pulling “The Interview” following a big cyber hack and threatened attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Thursday that Congress must “finally pass long-overdue comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.”

Senate Committee Offers to Help Fight Prescription Drug Abuse

A reported epidemic of abuse of prescription drugs, which is largely focused on the misuse of prescription painkillers, will continue to focus the attention of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next year. Concern about the issue is one topic that enjoys broad bipartisan support within the committee but the panel is short on new ideas for legislative action.

The Most Encouraging Transportation News Of 2014

To give a retrospective of the past year’s events and trends in transportation, we’ve asked a range of analysts, trade association leaders, and advocates to tell us what they think was the most encouraging, or most discouraging, transportation development, trend, or event of 2014.

Lawmakers Issue Warnings on Lost Subsidies Ahead of Supreme Court Decision

A Supreme Court decision next year could severely complicate the ongoing implementation of Affordable Care Act. A court ruling in favor of a challenge (King v. Burwell) on the legality of insurance subsidies offered on exchanges operated by the federal government could halt subsidies on the federal exchanges and cause a cascade of problems. Current subsidies for 13 million people could be voided and premium prices would effectively skyrocket.

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part V: Scott Muller

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Scott Muller. Previously: Parts I, II, III, IV

Oil Plunge Breaks Asia LNG Breakeven

Spot prices for January delivery of liquefied natural gas to Asia dropped by 47 percent from a year ago, down to $10.062 per million British thermal units, the largest one year drop and the lowest level since 2011, according to data from Platts. That is about a cent below the cost to liquefy and ship gas from Louisiana at January prices.

Broken Water Main Highlights Infrastucture Weaknesses

Metrorail service in the nation’s capital was delayed Tuesday morning after a water main burst near 12th and F streets NW in downtown D.C. Service on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines was suspended between the L’Enfant Plaza and Farragut West stops while crews worked to repair damage.

CFPB Files Mobile 'Cramming' Lawsuit Against Sprint

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau sued Sprint on Tuesday, alleging the company made wireless customers pay for unauthorized third-party charges over a roughly 10-year period.

Spy Blimp Opens New Front in Security Vs. Privacy Debate

The argument gets tiresome because it’s not necessarily either/or, of course, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t sometimes a conflict: “Security vs. privacy” is back at it with the media getting a peak Wednesday in Maryland at the new spy blimp (technically, aerostat) meant to detect incoming cruise missiles on the East Coast.

Public Transportation Use Up A Bit In Third Quarter

Public transportation ridership was up by 1.8 percent in the third quarter of the year, compared to the same period in 2013, the American Public Transportation Association reported Wednesday.

Wyden Votes Against 1-Year Tax Extenders

Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden — long an advocate for tax reform to make dozens of short-term tax credits permanent or longer lasting — was one of the 16 losing votes against a one year extension of most of the credits that will apply to 2014.

For FedEx, Fuel Price Drop Is Not All Good News

FedEx chief financial officer Alan Graf said Wednesday the company had “a spectacular second quarter” in fiscal year with a 36 percent increase in earnings per share.

Report Looks at Broadband Competition at Different Speeds

While consumers have multiple Internet service providers to choose from at lower broadband speeds, “this number dwindles at higher speeds,” according to a new report by the Commerce Department’s Economics and Statistics Administration

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