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Apr 22, 2015

Baltimore police gave statements after death in custody: lawyer

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Five of the six officers involved in the arrest of a black man who died in police custody gave voluntary, recorded statements the night of the incident, a lawyer for the Baltimore police union said on Wednesday.

The lawyer, Michael Davey, contradicted comments from Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over the death of Freddie Gray, 27, who was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday. A preliminary autopsy report showed Gray died of a spinal injury, and his death renewed concern about law enforcement treatment of U.S. minorities.

Apr 22, 2015

Would-be Reagan assassin faces hearing that could expand freedom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge begins hearings on Wednesday on whether would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley Jr. could get more time outside the mental hospital where he has lived since shooting Ronald Reagan in 1981.

Hinckley, 59, has been allowed since December 2013 to leave Washington’s St. Elizabeths Hospital for 17 days a month to stay with his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Apr 22, 2015

Crowds protest death of man after arrest by Baltimore police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Baltimore on Tuesday to protest the death of a 27-year-old black man who died after being arrested by local police.

The U.S. Justice Department is looking into the case of Freddie Gray, who was arrested on April 12 and a week later in a hospital after slipping into a coma, a spokeswoman said.

Apr 21, 2015

Baltimore police name officers suspended over suspect’s death

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore police on Tuesday identified six officers suspended over the death of a black man in police custody, a case that has renewed concern about U.S. law enforcement’s treatment of minorities.

Freddie Gray, 27, was arrested by white officers on April 12 and died on Sunday after slipping into a coma. A preliminary autopsy report said he died from a spinal injury, and the death has sparked outrage in the largely black city.

Apr 20, 2015

Baltimore police vow full probe of black man’s death while in custody

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore police vowed on Monday to make a full and swift probe of the death of a black suspect who suffered spinal injuries after white officers arrested him, the latest incident to raise questions about the treatment of minorities by U.S. police.

Freddie Gray, 27, of Baltimore, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday from a spinal injury after slipping into a coma, officials said. His death has sparked outrage and protests in the largely black Maryland city of about 625,000 people.

Apr 8, 2015

Power line break puts out the lights in Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours.

The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.

Apr 7, 2015

Widespread power outages hit White House, Washington area

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – A power outage hit the White
House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling
trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government
buildings and the U.S. Capitol.

The Justice Department and State Department were also
affected, along with the University of Maryland. Power company
Pepco Holdings Inc said the outage stemmed from a dip in
voltage because of transmission line trouble.

Apr 6, 2015

Site marking end of U.S. Civil War is big history in small place

, April 6 (Reuters) – The site where Robert
E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150
years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the United States’
bloodiest war, is proof that history’s biggest turning points
can occur in the smallest places.

Ceremonies, re-enactments by thousands in Union and
Confederate uniforms, and bell ringing will commemorate the Army
of Northern Virginia’s surrender at the village of Appomattox
Court House on April 9, 1865, ending four years of fighting that
cost 620,000 lives.

Apr 5, 2015

Rolling Stone awaits review of discredited Virginia gang rape story

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity was due out on Sunday, addressing questions of journalistic principles raised by the provocative article.

Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on the story, “A Rape on Campus,” which caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in November. But discrepancies in the story soon surfaced, and the magazine was forced to retract it.

Apr 4, 2015

Rolling Stone awaits review of debunked Virginia gang rape story

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – A Columbia University review
of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang
rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is due out on
Sunday, addressing the questions of journalistic ethics raised
by the provocative article.

Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on
the story, “A Rape on Campus,” which caused an uproar over the
issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in
November. But discrepancies in the story soon surfaced, and the
magazine was forced to retract it.

    • 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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