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Jan 28, 2014

Cuba challenges Latin America to make strides on health, education

HAVANA, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Cuban President Raul Castro
challenged Latin American and Caribbean leaders on Tuesday to
improve health care and education, telling a regional summit
they have the natural resources to eradicate poverty but may
lack the political will.

The speech also listed a series of Latin American grievances
that directly or indirectly involve the United States,
attempting to unify the 33 countries at the summit against their
neighbor to the north, which was not invited.

Jan 27, 2014

Cuba to host Latin American summit; U.S. notably absent

HAVANA (Reuters) – Latin American and Caribbean leaders converge on Cuba this week to discuss trade, peace and human rights in a further sign of regional eagerness to challenge the dominance of the United States.

The two-day summit is expected to take up issues such as Colombian peace talks, lingering poverty in Haiti and human rights. Thirty-three countries from the region will participate, notably without the United States and Canada, which are not invited.

Dec 5, 2013

Amish school shooter’s mother goes public with healing message

DELTA, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – After her son shot five Amish schoolgirls to death in 2006, Terri Roberts could have gone into hiding to nurse her pain, like many parents of mass murderers have in the past.

Instead, she broke with convention. Drawing inspiration from the Amish who were so quick to forgive her son, Roberts, 62, has embraced the victims’ families in return and now publicly tells her story about the power of forgiveness.

Oct 29, 2013

Penn State to pay $59.7 million in Sandusky child sex abuse settlement

By Barbara Goldberg and Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Penn State University agreed to pay $59.7 million to 26 victims of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, settling the bulk of claims in a major step to move beyond a scandal that upended one of U.S. college football’s most lucrative teams.

The university said in a statement it reached the settlements in the wake of Sandusky’s conviction in June 2012 for sexually abusing boys while he was an assistant football coach and after he retired.

Oct 28, 2013

Rocker Lou Reed of Velvet Underground dies at 71

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lou Reed, the pioneering songwriter and musician behind the influential rock band Velvet Underground, which fused art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at the age of 71, his literary agent said.

Reed, best recognized by mainstream audiences for his 1972 solo hit “Walk on the Wild Side,” died at the Long Island home he shared with his wife, Laurie Anderson, following complications from a liver transplant he underwent earlier this year, his agent, Andrew Wylie, said.

Oct 21, 2013

NJ Gov. Christie drops gay marriage case, risking some Republican ire

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped his legal opposition to same-sex marriage on Monday, making his state the 14th to legalize gay marriage but angering social conservatives who might be crucial to his presidential ambitions in 2016.

Proponents of gay marriage celebrated the end of their 11-year campaign and opponents criticized Christie for his reversal, saying he risked losing the Republican Party presidential primary, which tend to be strongly influenced by conservatives.

Oct 2, 2013

How U.S. government shutdown ripples across nation

By Daniel Trotta

(Reuters) – Science was put on hold, normally bustling stores went quiet and families depending on government aid feared losing their baby food as a government shutdown rippled across the country.

The budget impasse in Washington shut all but essential U.S. government services for the second straight day on Wednesday, while neither political party appeared willing to budge.

Sep 24, 2013

Colombian president tells U.N. the drug war has not been won

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The “war on drugs” has not been won, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos told the United Nations on Tuesday, exhorting the world body to add teeth to a special session on drugs in 2016.

“Right here, in this same headquarters, 52 years ago, the convention that gave birth to the war on drugs was approved. Today, we must acknowledge, that war has not been won,” Santos told world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly, referring to the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961.

Sep 24, 2013

At U.N., Brazil’s Rousseff blasts U.S. spying as ‘meddling’

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday criticized the United States for spying, using the opening speech at the U.N. General Assembly to announce Brazil would adopt legislation and technology to protect it from illegal interception of communications.

Rousseff last week called off a high-profile state visit to the United States scheduled for October over reports that the U.S. National Security Agency had been spying on Brazil and Rousseff’s email.

Sep 20, 2013

The Clash is back, at least with a box set

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The Clash may have proven true
the rock ‘n’ roll axiom that it is better to burn out than fade
away. Now they are attempting to show that no matter how a band
exits the stage, it can always come back with a box set.

Punk originals who went on to explore forms of reggae, jazz
and rap, the band basically broke up just when they hit their
commercial peak with the 1982 album “Combat Rock,” their fifth
and final studio album after bursting onto the scene with their
eponymous first record in 1977.

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      "Daniel Trotta joined Reuters as a correspondent in 1993, starting in Nicaragua and moving Mexico City (1996) and Madrid (2000) before coming to New York in 2005. As a U.S. General News correspondent, his specialty is writing the lead story on major breaking news. Trotta also travels the United States producing in-depth features and helps edit the national news file from the Reuters headquarters in New York. Outside the office, he is the manager of the New York Express of the New York City Metro Baseball League."
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