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Apr 29, 2015
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Bernie Sanders set for long-shot presidential run after music dabble

Phish may be the best known musical act to come out of Vermont but don’t overlook Bernie Sanders.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at the opening of the 2015 National Action Network Convention in New York City April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Apr 28, 2015

Obama urges ‘soul searching’ after Baltimore custody death and riot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For President Barack Obama, the riots in Baltimore marked the return of a recurring nightmare that continues to bedevil him: How to stop deadly encounters between police and African-Americans and the resulting race-related violence.

The first African-American president has declared again and again that Americans have more work to do to bridge the racial divide and carry on the civil rights struggle of Martin Luther King Jr.

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. Secret Service takes over year to fix ex-president’s home alarm: government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service failed to replace a broken alarm system at the Houston home of former President George H.W. Bush for more than a year, according to a government report on the troubled protection agency.

The report, sent to Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy and released on Thursday, was compiled by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, John Roth, who said the agency will improve its process for tracking maintenance problems with security equipment and keeping it up to date.

Mar 9, 2015

‘The Simpsons’ co-creator Sam Simon dies at age 59

LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Reuters) – Sam Simon, a co-creator of
Fox’s long-running hit animated series “The Simpsons” and an
ardent philanthropist for animals, died after a battle with
colon cancer, his agent said on Monday. He was 59.

Simon won nine Emmy awards for his work as a writer,
director and executive producer of “The Simpsons,” the situation
comedy that premiered in 1989 and won over a global audience
with its portrait of a bumbling father and his wayward family.

Feb 21, 2015

Court temporarily halts U.S. policy of detaining asylum-seeking mothers, children

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal court on Friday temporarily
halted the Obama administration policy of detaining mothers and
children seeking asylum in the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a lawsuit in
December against the so-called no-release policy by the
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on behalf of mothers
and children who said they had fled violence in Central America.

Feb 15, 2015

Louis Jourdan, star of ‘Octopussy’ and ‘Gigi,’ dead at 93

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – French actor Louis Jourdan, who played a suave bon vivant in the Oscar-winning film “Gigi” and had a long reign as Hollywood’s top choice to play elegant international gentlemen, died on Saturday at the age of 93, his biographer said.

Jourdan, who also worked frequently on stage and television, died at home, Olivier Minne, his friend and biographer, told Reuters by telephone from Paris.

Dec 11, 2014

Psychologist says U.S. Senate’s CIA report makes false charges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One of the two psychologists who devised the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation methods said on Wednesday that a scathing U.S. Senate report on the torture of foreign terrorism suspects “took things out of context” and made false accusations.

“It’s a bunch of hooey,” James Mitchell told Reuters from his home in Florida when asked for his response to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s findings released on Tuesday. “Some of the things are just plain not true.”

Dec 10, 2014

U.S. under fire over Senate’s report on CIA torture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday faced criticism from the United Nations as well as governments that Washington often reprimands for human rights violations over a Senate report on CIA torture techniques in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Some U.S. allies, who could face embarrassment or legal liability for any role in the CIA’s “enhanced interrogations” during the George W. Bush administration, either condemned the CIA’s methods or played down any involvement their governments might have had in them.

Nov 23, 2014

Marion Barry, scandal plagued former Washington mayor, dies: hospital

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued former mayor of Washington, D.C., who was jailed for smoking crack cocaine before making a surprising return to office, died early on Sunday aged 78, hospital officials said.

Before his fall from grace, Barry had been one of the nation’s most promising black politicians. Years later, many Washingtonians would consider him a scoundrel but he remained a hero to many others in impoverished parts of the city, even as his continuing battles with substance abuse went public.

Nov 20, 2014

Award-winning American director Mike Nichols dies at 83: ABC

By Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Mike Nichols, a nine-time Tony Award winner on Broadway and the Oscar-winning director of films such as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “The Graduate” and “Carnal Knowledge,” died on Wednesday at age 83, ABC News said.

Nichols was married to Diane Sawyer, former anchorwoman of ABC’s “World News Tonight” broadcast.