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Mar 31, 2015

Driver slain at U.S. spy agency gate identified by FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The driver of a stolen car shot dead by National Security Agency guards when he and another man tried to run the spy agency’s gates dressed as women was identified by the FBI on Tuesday.

The driver was Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, the FBI’s Baltimore office said in a statement. The agency is investigating Monday’s incident at NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the statement gave no motive.

Mar 31, 2015

Armed prisoner who fled Virginia hospital captured in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An armed prisoner who fled a suburban Washington hospital with a guard’s gun on Tuesday was recaptured in the U.S. capital after a nine-hour manhunt, police said.

The prisoner, accused bank robber Wossen Assaye, 42, apparently freed himself from shackles, seized a gun from a private contract guard and fled the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, at about 3 a.m., authorities said.

Mar 29, 2015

Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care

, March 29 (Reuters) – Paramedic Dean
Elliott rummaged through the ambulance’s emergency kit and
pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was
honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The drill allows high-speed insertion of a needle directly
into a bone’s marrow to give a patient intravenous fluids when
life-saving seconds count, said Elliott, a lieutenant with the
Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service.

Mar 23, 2015

Virginia police say no evidence for Rolling Stone’s college rape story

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A police investigation has found no evidence to back up a discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, officials said on Monday.

Rolling Stone reported in November about an alleged Sept. 28, 2012, attack on a woman at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house pledge party and the university’s failure to respond to it. The magazine backtracked on its story in December, citing “discrepancies” in the accuser’s account.

Mar 18, 2015

Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a four-day U.S. goodwill visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama, the British Embassy said.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seeking to boost Britain’s partnership with the United States in such areas as climate change and encouraging corporate social responsibility, the embassy said.

Mar 17, 2015

Britain’s Prince Charles, Camilla to arrive in U.S. for four-day tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a four-day U.S. goodwill visit that includes a meeting with President Barack Obama, the British Embassy said.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are seeking to boost Britain’s partnership with the United States in such areas as climate change and encouraging corporate social responsibility, the embassy said.

Mar 13, 2015

White House intruder pleads guilty to assault, illegal entry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An Iraq War veteran pleaded guilty on Friday to charges of running into the White House armed with a knife before being tackled, a security breach that helped lead to a shake-up in the U.S. Secret Service.

Omar Gonzalez was charged with climbing over the White House fence on Sept. 19 and racing across the north lawn. He burst through the front door and reached as far as the executive mansion’s East Room before Secret Service agents subdued him.

Mar 12, 2015

U.S. naval historian’s grandson pleads guilty to stealing records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Navy intelligence analyst Samuel L. Morison, who received a presidential pardon in 2001 after being convicted of passing secret ship photos to a British publication, pleaded guilty on Thursday to stealing records related to his naval historian grandfather.

Samuel L. Morison, 70, of Crofton, Maryland, entered the guilty plea in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court to theft of government property and was sentenced to two years of probation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

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.

    • 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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