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Nov 2, 2015

Bloomberg’s gun control group targets Virginia state races

By Ian Simpson and Gary Robertson

WASHINGTON/RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) – Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group is pouring $2.2 million into TV ads backing two Virginia candidates for state Senate, in a bid to wrest control of the chamber from Republicans.

A victory on Tuesday by one of the Democrats backed by Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety would switch control of the 40-seat Senate in the state, home of the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby.

Oct 28, 2015

Guantanamo court considers replacing 9/11 suspect’s lawyer

By Ian Simpson

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – A Guantanamo Bay judge on Wednesday weighed replacing a lawyer for a Yemeni suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks who says he does not trust her to represent him in the death penalty case.

Judge Army Colonel James Pohl said during a pre-trial hearing that the defendant, Walid bin Attash, needed to show a good reason why attorney Cheryl Bormann should be replaced.

Oct 26, 2015

Guantanamo judge rejects 9/11 defense conflict of interest claim

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Guantanamo Bay judge on Monday rejected claims
by lawyers for a Yemeni Sept. 11 suspect that a U.S. government
investigation of the attorneys had created an ethical conflict
of interest for them.

But the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, said the defense
team would be given access to documents involving the 18-month
investigation. Defense lawyers can file a motion if they believe
the documents show there is a conflict that could compromise
their representation, he said.

Oct 26, 2015

Prosecution of U.S. police for killings surges to highest in decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. police officers charged in fatal shootings has hit the highest level in a decade in 2015, new research shows, driven by greater scrutiny over use of deadly force.

Public outrage over the deaths of black men at the hands of police in New York, Missouri and elsewhere have spurred prosecutions. Police body cameras and bystanders’ videos also have helped bring cases, but even with the upturn, only a small percentage of police killings result in charges, lawyers and analysts say.

Oct 22, 2015

Regulators slash telephone call rates for prisoners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday slashed U.S. prison telephone rates for local and long-distance calls to 11 cents a minute, from levels as high as $14 a minute.

The commission’s 3-2 vote to reduce rates for inmates’ calls effectively cut its cap on interstate calls by up to 50 percent, it said in a statement.

Oct 22, 2015

U.S. regulators slash telephone call rates for prisoners

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The Federal Communications
Commission on Thursday slashed U.S. prison telephone rates for
local and long-distance calls to 11 cents a minute, from levels
as high as $14 a minute.

The commission’s 3-2 vote to reduce rates for inmates’
calls effectively cut its cap on interstate calls by up to 50
percent, it said in a statement.

Oct 15, 2015

Fox News guest analyst arrested for lying about working for CIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Fox News guest terrorism analyst was arrested on Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of falsely claiming to have been a CIA agent for decades, U.S. prosecutors said.

Wayne Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland bogusly portrayed himself as an “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer” for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1973 to 2000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Virginia’s Eastern District said in a statement.

Oct 15, 2015

U.S. judge may order medical exam for Guantanamo hunger striker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay detainee whose weight has dropped to 74 pounds (33.4-kg) during his long hunger strike argued in U.S. court on Thursday he should be freed for health reasons, and a judge said he may order an independent medical exam.

During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan said he would examine whether he can order the creation of a civilian-military medical commission to examine Tariq Ba Odah, a 36-year-old Yemeni man, under the Geneva Convention governing treatment of prisoners of war.

Oct 9, 2015

U.S. officials to take direct safety oversight of Washington subway

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) – U.S. officials will take over
direct safety supervision of Washington’s troubled subway system
under a plan announced by Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
on Friday.

Foxx transferred safety oversight of Washington’s Metrorail,
the second-busiest U.S. subway system, to the Federal Transit
Administration. Metrorail has long been plagued by smoky
tunnels, breakdowns and deadly accidents.

Oct 9, 2015

U.S. officials nix federal oversight plan for Washington subway

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Proposed federal oversight of Washington’s troubled subway system was rejected by the Department of Transportation on Friday on grounds the plan would take too long.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had recommended urgent action last month to put Washington’s Metrorail, the second-busiest U.S. subway system, under the watch of the Federal Railroad Administration after being plagued by smoky tunnels, breakdowns and deadly accidents.

    • About Ian

      "Ian Simpson covers Italian equities from Milan with a focus on banks. In a 30-year career, he has been based in Dallas, Kansas City, New York, Washington, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Portugal and Italy. He has reported from more than 20 countries."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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