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Jan 7, 2015

Local politician’s threat to sue Maryland newspaper backfires

WASHINGTON, Jan 7 (Reuters) – A Maryland politician’s threat
to sue a newspaper if it printed his name has backfired, with
the dispute and the politician’s name now splashed across the
Internet and social media.

Angered by a news story, Kirby Delauter, a Republican member
of the Frederick County Council, said in a posting on Facebook
on Saturday that he would sue the Frederick News-Post if it used
his name in any way without permission.

Jan 6, 2015

Snow snarls traffic in Washington; U.S. Midwest braces for more cold

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Heavier than expected snow snarled traffic in Washington on Tuesday, forcing Attorney General Eric Holder to cancel a trip to New York for the funeral of former Governor Mario Cuomo, while the U.S. Midwest prepared for brutal cold.

The Washington region got up to 5 inches of snow, well above initial forecasts. Hundreds of car crashes were reported in the morning commute and some area schools closed.

Jan 2, 2015

No charges for Reagan shooter Hinckley in Brady death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors will not charge John Hinckley Jr. in the death of former White House press secretary James Brady, even though a medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Brady was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.

The shooting left Brady partially paralyzed and his death in August at age 73 was attributed to wounds from the shooting in Washington, D.C.

Dec 24, 2014

Officer kills armed black man near Ferguson, Missouri, police say

By Ian Simpson and Eric M. Johnson

(Reuters) – A U.S. police officer shot and killed a black man after he pointed a loaded pistol at him in a St. Louis suburb near where an unarmed black teen was killed by a white officer in August, police said on Wednesday.

The shooting took place late on Tuesday at a Mobil On The Run gasoline station in Berkeley, Missouri, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told a news conference.

Dec 23, 2014

House probe faults IRS officials for targeting conservatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republican investigators fault top Internal Revenue Service officials for mistreating conservative organizations who sought tax-exempt status, but have found no connection to the White House, according to an interim report released on Tuesday.

The report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee came after investigators went through 1.3 million pages of documents and interviewed 52 officials.

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.

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      "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."
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