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Sep 18, 2013

Motive probed for Washington Navy Yard shooter; had mental problems

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Navy Yard remained closed to all but essential personnel on Wednesday as investigators tried to find out what triggered a shooting rampage by a contractor with a history of mental health problems.

The gunman, former Navy reservist Aaron Alexis, killed 12 people at the complex a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House on Monday before police shot him dead.

Sep 18, 2013

Workweek at Navy Yard started with gunshots and fear

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sam Agger, 60, was just starting his regular Monday morning meeting with colleagues in a fourth floor conference room at Washington’s Navy Yard when he heard a “big bang.”

A program analyst supporting Navy radar programs, Agger said he realized immediately it was a gunshot. He and five of his colleagues locked the door and piled furniture against it.

Sep 17, 2013

Authorities question vetting of Washington gunman who killed 12

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Stunned Washington authorities questioned on Tuesday how a U.S. military veteran with a record of brushes with the law could get clearance to enter a Navy base where he killed 12 people before police shot him dead.

The suspect, Aaron Alexis, 34, a Navy contractor from Fort Worth, Texas, entered Washington Navy Yard on Monday morning and opened fire, spreading panic at the base just a mile and a half from the U.S. Capitol and three miles from the White House.

Sep 16, 2013

Several killed, injured at Washington Navy Yard shooting

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday, authorities said.

A Washington police spokesman said five people had been shot at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, including a District of Columbia police officer and one other law enforcement officer. The Navy did not elaborate.

Sep 5, 2013

Wal-Mart and Washington D.C. in minimum wage showdown

WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – District of Columbia Mayor
Vincent Gray could decide as early as this week whether to sign
a minimum wage bill that could discourage Wal-Mart Stores Inc
, the world’s biggest retailer, from opening stores in
the U.S. capital.

The bill, approved by the City Council two months ago, would
require big retailers to pay a 50 percent premium on the local
minimum wage of $8.25 per hour, with backers saying that
Wal-Mart and others can easily afford it to get into the
District of Columbia’s fast-growing market.

Sep 5, 2013

Wal-Mart, District of Columbia in showdown over minimum wage

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray could decide as early as this week whether to sign a minimum wage bill that could discourage Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s biggest retailer, from opening stores in the U.S. capital.

The bill, approved by the City Council two months ago, would require big retailers to pay a 50 percent premium on the local minimum wage, with backers saying that Wal-Mart and others can easily afford it to get into the District of Columbia’s fast-growing market.

Sep 4, 2013

UPDATE U.S. soldier Manning seeks presidential pardon in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation’s history has asked for a presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.

The request for Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.

Sep 4, 2013

U.S. soldier Manning seeks presidential pardon in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier convicted of
providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of
classified materials in the nation’s history has asked for a
presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.

The request for Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley, Manning,
was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a
statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.

Aug 28, 2013

Obama, marchers mark 50 years since King’s ‘Dream’ speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of marchers gathered on Washington’s national mall on Wednesday to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech 50 years ago as activists said his goal of racial harmony remains elusive.

Remarks from President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, and bell ringing around the world will mark the moment that King ended his landmark address, which came to symbolize the struggle for equality among blacks and whites in America.

Aug 28, 2013

Obama address, bells to mark 50 years since King’s ‘Dream’ speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Words from the first black U.S. president and bell ringing around the world on Wednesday will mark 50 years to the minute that civil rights leader Martin Luther King ended his landmark “I have a dream” speech.

Capping a week long celebration of King’s historic call for racial and economic justice, President Barack Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial, site of King’s address on August 28, 1963.

    • 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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