WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings are ethnic Chechen brothers who spent much of their lives away from the breakaway Russian republic and showed few outward signs of radicalism in the United States.
Much is still unknown about Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, named by a national security official as suspects in the twin bombings that killed three people and wounded 176 on Monday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Supporters of immigration reform are set to rally at the Capitol on Wednesday to back legislation that would include a path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The National Rally for Citizenship, which organizers say will draw tens of thousands of demonstrators, comes after two senior senators said on Sunday that an immigration reform bill would likely be completed in their chamber this week.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants at the Scripps National Spelling Bee will face a new challenge this year – not only having to spell obscure words, but also to know what they mean.
For the first time since it started in 1927, the contest will require contestants in preliminary and semifinal rounds to take a vocabulary test.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A task force funded by the National Rifle Association, the top U.S. gun rights group, unveiled a plan on Tuesday to train armed security personnel in every school in response to the December school massacre in Connecticut – a proposal swiftly condemned by gun control advocates.
The task force led by Asa Hutchinson – a former Drug Enforcement Administration chief, Republican congressman and Homeland Security Department official – unveiled 225 pages of proposals that follow December’s call by NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre for placing armed guards in all schools.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Every school would have armed, trained personnel under a safety proposal funded by the powerful National Rifle Association and unveiled on Tuesday in response to December’s massacre at a Connecticut school.
The proposal of the National School Shield Task Force also includes security accords between schools and law enforcement, an online safety assessment tool for schools, state safety standards and improved federal coordination for school safety.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Justice Department’s civil rights division will monitor local elections in two counties in Kansas and Nebraska on Tuesday, the department said.
The oversight of polling places will ensure the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws are complied with, the Justice Department said in a statement on Monday.
WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – The Justice Department’s
civil rights division will monitor local elections in two
counties in Kansas and Nebraska on Tuesday, the department said.
The oversight of polling places will ensure the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws are
complied with, the Justice Department said in a statement on
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court began deliberations Tuesday on California’s gay marriage ban, thousands of protesters outside staged their own version of oral arguments, underscoring the social and political tensions at stake.
Gay marriage opponents paraded past the Supreme Court building as part of the March for Marriage, while gay marriage advocates held a rally at the steps of the white-columned high court. Though the judges inside showed no sign they noticed the protesters, the activists seemed determined to influence the court of public opinion.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were in poor condition for aquatic life, largely under threat from runoff contaminated by fertilizers, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.
High levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, runoff from urban areas, shrinking ground cover and pollution from mercury and bacteria were putting the 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) of streams and rivers surveyed under stress, the EPA said.
WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. high-security
laboratories that study such deadly diseases as anthrax and
plague lack national standards and strategy, putting the country
at risk, a congressional watchdog reported on Monday.
The United States has made no overall assessment of its need
for the labs, including research priorities, and the number of
U.S. labs is unknown, said the report by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.