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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.

Oct 29, 2014

U.S. rocket explosion probed; space station resupplied

By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz

WALLOPS Va. (Reuters) – Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launch pad in Virginia, 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 Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.

Oct 24, 2014

Virginia remains identified as those of missing college student

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Human remains found in Virginia were identified on Friday as those of missing university student Hannah Graham, and prosecutors are focusing on more charges against the suspect in her disappearance, authorities said.

Graham, a University of Virginia sophomore, was last seen on Sept. 13 in Charlottesville, site of the university. Searchers discovered the remains on Oct. 18 on abandoned property near the town, and Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, has been charged in her disappearance.

Oct 22, 2014

Distracted truck driver blamed for Maryland train wreck, explosion

WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A trash truck driver talking
on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train
collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S.
investigators said on Wednesday.

The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp
train spurred National Transportation Safety Board
officials to call for new laws preventing the use of hands-free
phone devices by commercial drivers.

Oct 22, 2014

U.S. Secret Service blasted for sending agents to employee’s house

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011.

The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals.

Oct 20, 2014

Saudi inmate to stay at Guantanamo, another cleared for transfer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Saudi inmate with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison and a second Saudi man has been cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Monday.

Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani, 39, should stay at the U.S. prison in Cuba because he remains a security threat, the Periodic Review Board said in an online posting.

Oct 8, 2014

WWII author Rick Atkinson says faces learning curve for next project

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Author Rick Atkinson, who won
a Pulitzer Prize for a best-selling World War Two history, said
on Wednesday he was facing a steep learning curve for his next
project on the American Revolution.

After 15 years of researching and writing about World War
Two, Atkinson said the 1775-1781 war that freed 13 American
colonies from Britain and created the United States was a brand
new subject.

    • 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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