WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both scholars and casual visitors.
But with Hobby Lobby a household word after the craft store chain’s contentious victory in a Supreme Court ruling over contraception, scholars and analysts worry that despite its vast holdings the museum will give a narrow interpretation of one of the most influential and debated books in history.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student earlier this month has been linked by forensic evidence to another student who went missing in 2009 and was later found dead, a television station reported on Monday.
Forensic evidence belonging to Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, quoting sources close to the investigation.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards.
The possible tightening of security around the president’s residence, a highly visible symbol of democracy and a prime draw for tourists and protesters alike, raises questions like whether safety trumps openness or whether a capital city can ever be entirely safe, analysts said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration agents have arrested 19 fugitives sought for human rights violations committed in other countries, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday.
Arrested last week during Operation No Safe Haven, the first nationwide crackdown of its kind, the 19 have outstanding removal orders and are subject to being deported, the agency said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington police will test body-worn video cameras, joining a trend by law enforcement nationwide to record how officers interact with the public, officials in the U.S. capital said on Wednesday.
The $1 million, six-month test of cameras by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department follows a similar pilot program in New York announced early this month.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second fence has been erected along part of the White House grounds, pushing tourists and passersby farther away after a fence jumper got into the executive mansion.
The new waist-high barricade, which closes off part of the sidewalk on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House, went up late Monday or early Tuesday. It is about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the regular spike-topped fence.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams will go before a Baltimore judge on Friday.
The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had worked there for 25 years, reached a preliminary settlement deal in July to resolve accusations that the doctor secretly filmed and took photos of up to 9,500 women, often using a spy pen.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters back legalized marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin less than seven weeks before a referendum on the issue, according to a poll released on Thursday.
If voters approve Initiative 71 on Nov. 4, the U.S. capital would follow Colorado and Washington state into experimenting with legal pot.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decision on the design of Washington’s troubled Eisenhower Memorial was delayed on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction failed to muster a quorum in its first meeting in 15 months.
The meeting of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission had been seen as a chance to find a way forward for the monument to the 34th president and World War Two general after years of delays. The panel was to choose between alternatives to a contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry.