WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Students from Afghanistan’s only music academy brought the war-torn country’s rhythms to the State Department on Monday as part of their first U.S. tour, with brand-new Secretary John Kerry recalling his rock roots for the musicians.
The tour by the 48 musicians from the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) will include performances on Thursday at Washington’s Kennedy Center and next week at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Chesapeake Bay, North
America’s biggest estuary, is still ailing but making some
progress as it struggles to recover from over-fishing and
pollution, a partnership overseeing its revival said on
The number of juvenile crabs is the highest in two decades,
rockfish are stable and last year’s “dead zone,” the part of the
bay without enough oxygen to support life, seems to be the
smallest since 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Program said in its
2011-12 “Bay Barometer.”
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky lost his bid on Wednesday for a new trial on child sex abuse charges.
Judge John Cleland rejected the request in an opinion posted on the Centre County Court’s website. Sandusky’s attorneys had argued they lacked enough time to prepare for the trial.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Residents of Newtown, Connecticut, site of a mass school shooting that reignited the U.S. gun violence debate, will take part in a Washington march for gun control on Saturday with activists, politicians and actors.
Thousands of protesters were expected for the rally on the National Mall, part of about a dozen across the United States in favor of gun control, organizers said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-abortion activists marched in Washington on Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States 40 years ago.
Condemning abortion as an abuse of human rights, people from across the country participated in the March for Life that takes place annually in the nation’s capital. The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling on January 22, 1973, legalized abortion.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington, D.C.’s mass-transit system on Thursday proposed a $26 billion expansion through 2040 to help drive economic growth in the U.S. capital and its suburbs.
The proposal presented to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board includes a second tunnel under the Potomac River and a new rail tunnel in the center of the District of Columbia.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prayers, marches and protests kicked off in Washington on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, even as battles over the issue have largely shifted from the federal courts to statehouses.
Many of the anti-abortion protests are the latest editions of those held each year around the anniversary of the January 22, 1973, ruling that legalized abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.
WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Transportation Security
Administration said Friday it is removing controversial
full-body scanners at U.S. airports and replacing them with new
scanners that allow greater privacy.
The TSA canceled a contract with Rapiscan, a unit of OSI
Systems Inc, on Thursday because the company had failed
to deliver software to protect the privacy of
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Local politicians stepped up their campaign for the District of Columbia to become the 51st state this week, introducing a bill in the House of Representatives and mounting a PR campaign tied to President Barack Obama’s inauguration next Monday.
From presidential license plates to a parade reviewing stand, Washington is using the pomp of the inauguration to put its case for more self-government before crowds of onlookers and millions of television viewers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The first black U.S. president is coming under fire from some of his own Democratic Party for naming a stream of white men to key cabinet and leadership posts in his second administration.
President Barack Obama on Thursday named Jack Lew as his Treasury secretary, the fourth white male he has named to the most prized cabinet posts in recent weeks.