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Oct 22, 2014

Distracted truck driver blamed for Maryland train wreck, explosion

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A trash truck driver talking
on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train
collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S.
investigators said on Wednesday.

The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp
train spurred National Transportation Safety Board
officials to call for new laws preventing the use of hands-free
phone devices by commercial drivers.

Oct 22, 2014

U.S. Secret Service blasted for sending agents to employee’s house

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011.

The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals.

Oct 20, 2014

Saudi inmate to stay at Guantanamo, another cleared for transfer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Saudi inmate with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison and a second Saudi man has been cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Monday.

Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani, 39, should stay at the U.S. prison in Cuba because he remains a security threat, the Periodic Review Board said in an online posting.

Oct 8, 2014

WWII author Rick Atkinson says faces learning curve for next project

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Author Rick Atkinson, who won
a Pulitzer Prize for a best-selling World War Two history, said
on Wednesday he was facing a steep learning curve for his next
project on the American Revolution.

After 15 years of researching and writing about World War
Two, Atkinson said the 1775-1781 war that freed 13 American
colonies from Britain and created the United States was a brand
new subject.

Oct 7, 2014

Baltimore officials outline plans to reduce police brutality

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore officials outlined plans on Tuesday to reduce police brutality that is the target of a federal investigation and the cause of millions of dollars in lawsuits.

The report released by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said it aims to close a rift between the eighth-biggest U.S. police force and Baltimore’s 625,000 residents, almost two-thirds of them black.

Oct 7, 2014

Hobby Lobby executive’s Bible museum: priceless artifacts, scholarly doubts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both scholars and casual visitors.

But with Hobby Lobby a household word after the craft store chain’s contentious victory in a Supreme Court ruling over contraception, scholars and analysts worry that despite its vast holdings the museum will give a narrow interpretation of one of the most influential and debated books in history.

Sep 29, 2014

Man opens fire during Ethiopian Embassy protest in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported.

A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C.

Sep 29, 2014

Suspect in missing Virginia student linked to a 2009 case: TV

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student earlier this month has been linked by forensic evidence to another student who went missing in 2009 and was later found dead, a television station reported on Monday.

Forensic evidence belonging to Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, quoting sources close to the investigation.

Sep 27, 2014

Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards.

The possible tightening of security around the president’s residence, a highly visible symbol of democracy and a prime draw for tourists and protesters alike, raises questions like whether safety trumps openness or whether a capital city can ever be entirely safe, analysts said.

Sep 24, 2014

U.S. immigration agents arrest 19 for human rights violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration agents have arrested 19 fugitives sought for human rights violations committed in other countries, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday.

Arrested last week during Operation No Safe Haven, the first nationwide crackdown of its kind, the 19 have outstanding removal orders and are subject to being deported, the agency said in a statement.

    • 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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