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Aug 21, 2013

Marches, events to mark anniversary of King’s ‘dream’ speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marches, speeches and global bell-ringing are set to mark the 50th anniversary this month of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, a key event in the struggle of African Americans for racial equality.

The week of commemorations in Washington will culminate on August 28, when President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, will speak at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years to the day after King made his historic address at the site.

Aug 21, 2013

U.S. marches, events to mark anniversary of King’s ‘dream’ speech

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marches, speeches and global bell-ringing are set to mark the 50th anniversary this month of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech, a key event in the struggle of African Americans for racial equality.

The week of commemorations in Washington will culminate on August 28, when President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, will speak at the Lincoln Memorial 50 years to the day after King made his historic address at the site.

Aug 21, 2013

U.S. WikiLeaks soldier Manning to learn his fate on Wednesday

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history, will be told on Wednesday how much of his life will be spent in a military prison.

The 25-year-old private first class could face up to 90 years for turning over more than 700,000 classified files, battlefield videos and diplomatic cables to the pro-transparency website WikiLeaks, in a case that has commanded international attention since 2010.

Aug 18, 2013

First settlement reached in Penn State sex abuse civil case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Pennsylvania State University has agreed to a settlement with a 25-year-old man who was sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a campus shower, the man’s attorney said late on Saturday.

It is the first of 26 claims to be finalized in the Sandusky scandal, Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline told Reuters. He declined to give details of the settlement but the university has approved spending $60 million for the payouts.

Aug 15, 2013

Manning tells court he’s ‘sorry’ for U.S. secrets breach to WikiLeaks

FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning on Wednesday told a military court “I’m sorry” for giving war logs and diplomatic secrets to the WikiLeaks website three years ago, the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history.

“I am sorry that my actions hurt people. I’m sorry that they hurt the United States,” the 25-year-old U.S. Army Private First Class told the sentencing phase of his court-martial. “I am sorry for the unintended consequences of my actions … The last few years have been a learning experience.”

Aug 14, 2013

U.S. soldier Manning could break silence as WikiLeaks trial nears end

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning, convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest data breach in U.S. history, could break a long silence on Wednesday as the sentencing phase of his court-martial wraps up.

Manning, 25, faces up to 90 years in prison for providing more than 700,000 files, battle videos and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks, a pro-transparency website.

Aug 9, 2013

Regulators vote to reduce rates for prison phone calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted on Friday to reduce prison telephone rates that had made it far more expensive for prison inmates to make phone calls than it is outside prison walls.

The commission voted 2-1 to reduce interstate phone rates for inmates that it said had been as high as $17 for a 15-minute call when extra fees were added in, the panel said in a statement.

Aug 9, 2013

U.S. regulators vote to reduce rates for prison phone calls

WASHINGTON, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission voted on Friday to reduce prison
telephone rates that had made it far more expensive for prison
inmates to make phone calls than it is outside prison walls.

The commission voted 2-1 to reduce interstate phone rates
for inmates that it said had been as high as $17 for a 15-minute
call when extra fees were added in, the panel said in a
statement.

Jul 12, 2013

Feature: New project aims to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay

OXFORD, Maryland (Reuters) – The Chesapeake was once so full of oysters that Native Americans called it “great shellfish bay.” No more.

A combination of overfishing, disease, pollution, silting and runoff has devastated oyster numbers in North America’s biggest estuary. Harvests are at about 1 percent of the records set in the 1880s, when 20 million bushels were pulled from the bay.

Jul 12, 2013

New project aims to bring oysters back to Chesapeake Bay

, July 12 (Reuters) – The Chesapeake was once so
full of oysters that Native Americans called it “great shellfish
bay.” No more.

A combination of overfishing, disease, pollution, silting
and runoff has devastated oyster numbers in North America’s
biggest estuary. Harvests are at about 1 percent of the records
set in the 1880s, when 20 million bushels were pulled from the
bay.

    • 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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