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Mar 25, 2013

U.S. high-security labs lack standards, strategy – study

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.

Mar 22, 2013

Marine kills two at Quantico base, takes own life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine shot dead a male and female colleague at a Virginia base and then killed himself, in the second fatal non-combat incident involving Marines in the United States this week.

The shootings took place about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, about 40 miles south of Washington, base commander Colonel David Maxwell said on Friday.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of 7 killed in US mortar mishap were Afghanistan vets

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The seven young Marines
killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns
scattered across the United States and included a would-be chef
and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the
Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in
recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm
mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a
live-fire exercise. Eight other service members were wounded and
the cause of the mishap is still under investigation.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of seven Marines killed in mortar accident had survived Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The seven young Marines killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns scattered across the United States and encompassed a would-be chef and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a live-fire exercise. Eight other servicemembers were wounded, and the cause is still under investigation.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of 7 Marines killed in U.S. mortar accident had survived Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The seven young Marines
killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns
scattered across the United States and encompassed a would-be
chef and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the
Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in
recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm
mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a
live-fire exercise. Eight other servicemembers were wounded, and
the cause is still under investigation.

Mar 13, 2013

Smartphone use among U.S. teens is up sharply – survey

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – About 37 percent of
Americans ages 12 to 17 tap the Internet using a smartphone, up
sharply in just a year, according to a 2012 Pew survey released
on Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of teens mainly go online using their
phones and not a desktop or laptop computer, versus 15 percent
of adults, the poll by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and
American Life Project showed.

Mar 12, 2013

Most algebra classes mislabeled as rigorous: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most U.S. high school introductory algebra courses labeled “honors” actually are no more rigorous than regular courses in the same school, according to a government curriculum survey released on Tuesday.

The study of high school algebra and geometry classes shows that mislabeling of math courses as tougher than they are is widespread, the survey authors told a news conference.

Mar 7, 2013

Cyrus Cylinder, ancient decree of religious freedom, starts U.S. tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Cyrus Cylinder of ancient Persia, a landmark in religious freedom and a potent symbol of Iranian national identity, will begin its first U.S. tour with an exhibit that opens Saturday in Washington.

The barrel-shaped clay artifact, 2,500 years old and only 9 inches long, has been described as the first declaration of human rights and an influence on leaders from Alexander the Great to Thomas Jefferson.

Mar 7, 2013

Winter storm pummels Appalachians, Washington spared

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – A major snowstorm blanketed
the Appalachian Mountains on Wednesday, leaving 150,000 homes
and business in nine states without power, but Washington got
mostly rain after officials had shut down the U.S. capital as
the storm approached.

About three inches (7.5 cm) of snow hit Washington’s Dulles
airport, and by late afternoon only light rain was falling on
the capital’s streets. They were largely deserted after the
federal government ordered its 375,000 workers in the area to
stay home.

Mar 6, 2013

Washington shuts down ahead of snowstorm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. capital shut down on Wednesday ahead of a fierce snowstorm that blanketed the Appalachians, cut power to about 123,000 homes and businesses and prompted a state of emergency in Virginia.

The National Weather Service posted storm warnings for much of the Ohio River Valley and the mid-Atlantic states and as far south as eastern Tennessee.

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      "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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