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Sep 6, 2014

College football’s big question: Where are the game-day fans?

WASHINGTON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – As the 2014 U.S. college
football season kicks off, athletic departments face one big
worry – that fans of one of the nation’s most popular sports are
watching it from sofas or bars, rather than filling stadiums.

Even as the value of television contracts and merchandise
sales soars for top teams, university administrators sweat the
empty seats, given that ticket sales are still the top revenue
generator for college sports.

Sep 5, 2014

Ex-driver for Washington mayor pleads guilty to campaign violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The former driver for Washington Mayor Vincent Gray pleaded guilty on Friday to campaign finance violations, prosecutors said, bringing a long-running federal investigation closer to the outgoing mayor.

Mark Long, 47, pleaded guilty in District of Columbia Superior Court to conspiring with businessman Jeffrey Thompson and business owner Eugenia Harris to conceal campaign payments coming from them, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Sep 1, 2014

Actress Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked

Sept 1 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence
has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted
nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday, part of
a reported mass hacking of celebrities’ intimate photos.

Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award
for “Silver Linings Playbook” and stars in “The Hunger Games”
movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday. The source of the
hack was unclear.

Aug 29, 2014

Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane found dead in Virginia

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia was found dead on Thursday, officials said.

The plane went down on Wednesday in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke.

Aug 27, 2014

Army identifies shooter at Virginia base as Iraq war veteran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Wednesday identified the soldier who fatally shot herself at a Virginia base this week as Sergeant First Class Paula Walker, an Iraq war veteran.

Walker, 33, brandished a pistol and barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, in central Virginia, on Monday. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot’s fate unknown

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said.

The fighter plane went down shortly after 9 a.m. EDT in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke, a spokeswoman for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said.

Aug 25, 2014

Pilots’ union, UPS barred from probe of 2013 U.S. crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board told United Parcel Service Inc and its pilots union on Monday they can no longer take part in the investigation of a 2013 crash that killed two UPS pilots.

The accident agency said in a statement the Independent Pilots Association and UPS Airlines had violated a participation agreement by publicly commenting on the investigation into the Birmingham, Alabama, crash before the board’s public meeting on its cause.

Aug 25, 2014

Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia wounds herself, sparks lockdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol shot and wounded herself after barricading herself in an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 GMT) and locked herself in an office. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her.

Aug 11, 2014

Guantanamo judge to hear 9/11 suspect’s bid for separate trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Guantanamo Bay military judge this week will hear a request by a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for a separate trial, a move that comes after the U.S. judge ordered one for another accused plotter.

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, a 46-year-old Saudi, argued in a pretrial filing that his alleged role was smaller than his four co-defendants’ and joint prosecution would violate his rights to a fair trial and to confront accusers.

Aug 8, 2014

Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday.

Police are investigating Brady’s death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said.

    • 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."
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