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Nov 21, 2014

Thanksgiving grease cooks up plumbing disasters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thanksgiving is a royal pain in the U.S. drain.

Thanksgiving means turkey dinners, family gatherings and football. For household drains and aging sewers across the United States, it means a lot of grease going down the pipes – and into the sewers.

For some harried cooks, the simplest way to get rid of fat from turkeys, bacon and roasts is down the kitchen drain. There it congeals, clogging the pipe and trapping food scraps until the only solution is to call the plumber.

Nov 21, 2014

One dead in explosion at Fieldwood platform in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An explosion at oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy’s Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday killed one person and injured at least one, but no pollution was reported, a U.S. safety agency and the company said.

The explosion occurred just before 3 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST) at West Delta 105, about 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of New Orleans, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement.

Nov 16, 2014

U.S. heightens Ebola screening for travelers from Mali

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The United States is adding
Mali to the list of countries whose travelers get special Ebola
screening after a number of cases in the West African nation,
the government said on Sunday.

Enhanced screening will start on Monday for the 15 to 20
travelers who arrive daily from Mali, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland
Security said in a statement.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Capitol workers, others to strike for higher pay, union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some U.S. Capitol workers on Thursday will join for the first time a strike by other federal contract workers to press President Barack Obama to boost pay and spur unionization, a spokesman for strike organizers said.

About two dozen food service workers will be among several hundred federal contract employees expected to strike at the white-domed Capitol, Smithsonian museums, the Pentagon and other sites, said Paco Fabian, a spokesman for the Good Jobs Nation campaign for better pay and benefits.

Nov 11, 2014

Ceremonies, concerts mark Veterans Day in U.S. capital

, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. capital marked
Veterans Day on Tuesday with ceremonies at Arlington National
Cemetery where Vice President Joe Biden said the 23 million U.S.
veterans were the backbone of the nation.

The commemoration at Arlington, where more than 40,000
military personnel and their families are buried, was part of
events that include a giant concert in Washington featuring such
stars as Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna.

Nov 10, 2014

Violent U.S. crime drops again to 1970s level, FBI says

WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – U.S. violent crime including
murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013, continuing a long-term
downturn and marking the lowest number of violent crimes since
the late 1970s, the FBI said on Monday.

The law enforcement agency’s annual Crime in the United
States report showed property crimes also fell, by 4.1 percent,
last year, the 11th yearly drop in a row, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation said in a statement.

Nov 6, 2014

Obama awards officer Medal of Honor for Civil War heroism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama awarded Civil War artillery officer Alonzo Cushing the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, on Thursday, 151 years after he was killed manning his guns at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The posthumous award for the Delafield, Wisconsin, native “is a reminder that no matter how long it takes, it is never too late to do the right thing,” Obama told a White House ceremony attended by more than two dozen of Cushing’s relatives.

Nov 5, 2014

Washington, D.C., voters OK legal pot, but congressional hurdles remain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters have overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana, but pot smokers in the U.S. capital still need congressional approval before they can legally light up.

Washington voters passed Initiative 71, 65 percent to 28 percent on Tuesday, joining Oregon and Alaska in victories that add fuel to the pot legalization movement.

Nov 4, 2014

Russian charged in Afghan attack makes U.S. court appearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Russian army officer facing terrorism charges for a 2009 attack on U.S. and Afghan forces made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday, the Justice Department said.

The suspect, Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, was arrested in November 2009 and held by the Department of Defense in Afghanistan. He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, the department said in a statement.

Oct 30, 2014

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz

WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.

The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. It was the first disaster since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.

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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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