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Mar 12, 2015

U.S. president’s letter to Martin Luther King’s widow to be auctioned

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – A condolence letter from
President Lyndon Johnson to the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr. following the civil rights leader’s 1968 assassination
is set to be auctioned on Thursday after a legal battle.

The typed letter from Johnson to Coretta Scott King is dated
April 5, 1968, the day after King was gunned down in Memphis,
Tennessee, by a white supremacist and riots erupted across the
United States.

Mar 7, 2015

Judge tosses art collectors’ lawsuit over labeling Haring works fakes

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A federal judge in New York on Friday dismissed
a $40 million lawsuit by art collectors against the foundation
of late painter Keith Haring, which has said about 80 works
owned by the collectors were fakes.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote granted a motion to dismiss
the lawsuit against The Keith Haring Foundation that was filed
last year by Elizabeth Bilinski and other collectors, according
to court documents.

Mar 6, 2015

Winter storm pummels eastern United States, grounds flights

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A late winter storm pummeled the eastern United States on Thursday ahead of a cold front, canceling almost 5,000 flights as Kentucky dug out from up to 23 inches (58 cm) of snow that had stranded hundreds of drivers.

Winter storm warnings and advisories were in place from the Middle Atlantic states into southern New England, as well as from the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Appalachians, the National Weather Service said.

Feb 27, 2015

Pentagon pulls order relocating military judges to Guantanamo

By Ian Simpson

FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) – The U.S. Defense Department has rescinded an order relocating military judges to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that was intended to speed up trials of al Qaeda suspects, one of the judges said on Friday.

Judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath said from the bench during a hearing at the U.S. naval base that the Jan. 7 order signed by Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work had been pulled.

Feb 26, 2015

Legal marijuana begins in Washington, D.C. as ‘green rush’ is on

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Possession of small amounts of marijuana became
legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday, launching a pot
“green rush” despite a face-off between local officials and the
Republican-led U.S. Congress over the new standards.

The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and
Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use,
reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug.
It remains illegal under federal law.

Feb 26, 2015

Legal pot arrives in District of Columbia amid wrangle with Congress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Possession of small amounts of marijuana became legal in the District of Columbia on Thursday amid a face-off between local officials and the U.S. Congress over whether the new standards are lawful.

The U.S. capital joined Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana lawful for recreational use, reflecting a rapidly shifting legal landscape for the drug. It remains illegal under federal law.

Feb 25, 2015

Washington, DC, pot legalization to proceed despite congressional opposition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legalization of marijuana in the
District of Columbia will go ahead just after midnight on
Wednesday despite a warning from congressional officials that
the new standards are unlawful, Mayor Muriel Bowser said.

She noted that voters in the U.S. capital last year
overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which lets the heavily
Democratic city join Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in
making marijuana legal for recreational use.

Feb 25, 2015

Congressmen warn District of Columbia on pot legalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Possessing and growing small amounts of marijuana in the District of Columbia are set to become legal early on Thursday but top Republican congressmen have warned the city the new standards are unlawful.

Voters in the U.S. capital last year overwhelmingly approved Initiative 71, which lets the heavily Democratic city join Washington state, Alaska and Colorado in making marijuana legal for recreational use.

Feb 22, 2015

Legal haze: D.C. pot users face questions as deadline expires this week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marijuana advocates’ hopes that the U.S. capital would easily follow in the footsteps of Denver or Seattle in clearing the way for lawful pot use are set to go up in smoke this week.

Voters in the District of Columbia last year passed a measure clearing the way for pot possession, but members of Congress have used their power over the city to prevent local officials from coming up with any plan to let the drug be sold legally for recreational purposes.

Feb 20, 2015

Virginia ex-first lady sentenced to prison for corruption

By Gary Robertson and Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell was
sentenced on Friday to 12 months and one day in prison for her
federal corruption conviction for taking bribes from a
businessman.

McDonnell, 60, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge
James Spencer to two years of probation following release from
prison.

    • 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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