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Dec 15, 2014

Guantanamo 9/11 hearing to focus on FBI infiltration

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI efforts to infiltrate defense teams will top the agenda when a U.S. military court hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks starts on Monday, the first such proceeding since a Senate report on CIA torture was released last week.

The two-day pretrial hearing at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will focus on the extent of Federal Bureau of Investigation intrusion into defense teams, according to the docket on a Pentagon website.

Dec 14, 2014

Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest police killings

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston on Saturday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers.

Organizers said the marches were among the largest in the recent wave of protests against the killings of black males by officers in Ferguson, Missouri; New York; Cleveland; and elsewhere. The protests were peaceful, although police in Boston said they arrested 23 people who tried to block a highway.

Dec 13, 2014

Ho, ho, holdup! Bank robbers get busy during holidays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – End-of-year holidays mean a lot of things – Santa, carols, parties, cards and gifts. They also mean more bank robberies.

The number of holdups at U.S. banks tends to rise in December as crooks, some of them spurred by holiday consumerism, turn to robbery in the weeks leading up to Christmas, according to the FBI and security experts.

Dec 13, 2014

Thousands of protesters expected in Washington, NYC over police killings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by U.S. police and to urge Congress to protect citizens.

Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri.

Dec 10, 2014

Pot backers oppose U.S. bill banning legal marijuana in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marijuana advocates on Wednesday urged Congress not to use a spending bill to overturn a local referendum that overwhelmingly backed legalizing pot in the District of Columbia.

A $1.1 trillion spending bill negotiated by lawmakers on Tuesday barred the U.S. capital from using funds to implement Initiative 71, which legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana in Washington.

Dec 6, 2014

Rolling Stone backtracks on Virginia college rape story

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday backtracked from its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were “discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.

The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed U.S. debate on sexual abuse. The fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, rebutted key parts of the Rolling Stone story on Friday.

Dec 5, 2014

Rolling Stone apologizes for University of Virginia rape story

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were “discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.

The story created an uproar at the school and prompted renewed debate on campus sexual abuse.

Dec 5, 2014

Rolling Stone apologizes for Univ. of Virginia rape story

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday
apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape
at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were
“discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.

The story created an uproar at the school and prompted
renewed debate on campus sexual abuse.

Dec 4, 2014

Washington pays final respects to ex-Mayor Marion Barry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington, D.C., on Thursday began its three-day final farewell to the late Marion Barry, the former mayor who remained a hero to many in the city despite a crack cocaine conviction.

Barry, known as the District of Columbia’s “mayor for life” after four terms in office, died on Nov. 23 at 78 due to heart problems. He was a city councilman when he died, representing impoverished Ward 8.

Dec 2, 2014

Washington City Council OKs new stadium for D.C. United

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia Council gave initial approval on Tuesday to a deal worth more than $300 million to build a stadium for D.C. United, the city’s Major League Soccer franchise.

The lawmakers unanimously approved the agreement for the 20,000-seat venue. A final vote is scheduled for Dec. 16.

    • 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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