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Mar 10, 2014

Washington D.C. businessman charged in mayoral campaign probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A leading District of Columbia businessman was charged on Monday in a campaign finance conspiracy that has tarnished the U.S. capital’s Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term.

The charges against Jeffrey Thompson, once a major government contractor, are a much-anticipated development in a federal investigation that began with an examination of Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 campaign and then expanded.

Mar 6, 2014

Duke ordered to stop groundwater pollution at North Carolina coal plants

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A North Carolina judge ruled on Thursday that Duke Energy Corp must immediately stop the sources of groundwater pollution at its 14 coal-fired power plants in the state.

The issue of pollution from coal ash gained momentum in North Carolina last month, when a spill from a retired Duke power plant dumped at least 30,000 tons of ash in the Dan River.

Mar 4, 2014

Arctic cold sets records in eastern United States

WASHINGTON, March 4 (Reuters) – The eastern and central
United States were gripped by a deep freeze on Tuesday, with
record low temperatures in the wake of a deadly storm expected
to moderate in the coming days.

The late-winter storm left behind frigid temperatures after
pushing freezing rain and snow from the Mississippi Valley to
the Atlantic coast on Monday.

Mar 3, 2014

Powerful storm lashes eastern U.S. with snow, arctic cold

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm hit
the U.S. East Coast on Monday with freezing rain, snow and
arctic cold, forcing cancellation of about 2,250 flights,
shutting down Washington and closing schools and local
governments.

The latest of a series of weather systems to pummel the
winter-weary eastern United States, the storm was expected to
blanket the U.S. capital with up to 9 inches (23 cm) of snow as
it swept from the Mississippi Valley to the Carolinas and
Mid-Atlantic states, the National Weather Service said.

Mar 3, 2014

Massive snowstorm pummels winter-weary U.S. East Coast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm pummeled the U.S. East Coast on Monday, snarling travel, shutting down federal offices in Washington and closing schools and local governments throughout the area.

The latest in a series of winter fronts that have hammered the region, the storm is expected to dump up to 9 inches of snow on the U.S. capital as it sweeps from the Mississippi Valley to the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states, the National Weather Service said.

Mar 1, 2014

To see U.S. wealth gap, look no further than Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama is making income inequality an issue in midterm elections, and proof of the gap between rich and poor is close at hand right outside the White House.

The booming District of Columbia features the wealthiest high-income strata among big U.S. cities and more poor people than the national average, leading analysts to call it a microcosm of the larger U.S. economy.

Feb 14, 2014

Federal judge strikes down Virginia’s ban on gay marriage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge found Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional late on Thursday, saying it denied gay couples a fundamental freedom to marry.

The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen in Norfolk, Virginia, added momentum to growing acceptance of gay marriage in the United States.

Feb 9, 2014

Celebrity fight between rapper DMX, George Zimmerman called off

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The celebrity boxing match between rapper DMX and acquitted Florida killer George Zimmerman has been called off, its promoter said on Saturday after threats were made against him.

The three-round match would have pitted Zimmerman, who was found not guilty in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed, black teenager Trayvon Martin, against the trash-talking musician with a history of arrests, most of them drug or driving offenses.

Feb 4, 2014

West Virginia wants action on chemical spill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated West Virginians demanded information about the safety of their drinking water in the wake of a chemical spill in January that left 300,000 of them without safe tap water for more than a week, even as U.S. lawmakers pressed for action to prevent similar accidents in the future.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant asked lawmakers at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing to support a 10-year study into the effects of the January 9 spill into the Elk River near Charleston, the state capital.

Jan 30, 2014

Real-life Philomena goes to Washington, seeks help on Irish adoption law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The 80-year-old Irish woman who inspired the Oscar-nominated film “Philomena” took her campaign for access to adoption records to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, and a senator said lawmakers might urge Ireland to act on the issue.

Philomena Lee, who searched for 50 years for the son she was forced to give up as a teenager, launched a campaign last week calling on Dublin to pass laws for the release of more than 60,000 adoption files held by the state, private adoption agencies and the Catholic Church.

    • 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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