WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. trial of a Somali man
accused of piracy off the Horn of Africa began on Monday, with
prosecutors portraying him as a ransom-hungry negotiator and his
lawyers defending him as an intelligence source for the United
States who served as a translator.
Ali Mohamed Ali, a former Washington, D.C., resident, is
charged with helping Somali pirates who seized a Danish cargo
vessel in November 2008 negotiate a $1.7 million ransom to free
the 13 crew members and the ship. He has pleaded not guilty to
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault after a fight that broke a man’s nose on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.
After spending the night in jail, Brown left the courthouse in a crush of security and press as fans crying “Chris, Chris” tried to rush the artist. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown
pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of misdemeanor assault
as a result of a fight on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the
latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.
Brown, 24, was arrested early on Sunday outside the upscale
W Hotel, a few hundred yards from the White House. Another man
involved in the fight, Christopher Hollosy, 35, described in
court documents as Brown’s bodyguard, was also arrested and
charged with assault.
WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Editor’s Note: Please note
language in 6th paragraph
Rapper Chris Brown was due in a local Washington, D.C. court
on Monday to face a felony assault charge stemming from a fight
outside a hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winning
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Furloughed U.S. government workers returned to their jobs on Thursday, greeted with doughnuts, coffee, pep talks from Obama administration bosses and anxiety over whether they will face another shutdown threat in the new year.
“I’m glad this whole thing is behind us and to be able to go back to work,” Mike McParland, who works for USAID’s Food for Peace program, said en route to his office. “I just hope they find a way forward before January so we don’t have to go through this again.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired U.S. Army Captain William Swenson, who rescued wounded soldiers under fire during a deadly Afghan ambush, was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. recognition for valor, on Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
Swenson, 34, of Seattle, saved the lives of more than a dozen U.S. and Afghan troops under heavy fire from Taliban fighters who ambushed his patrol in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, Obama said at a White House ceremony.
WESTMINSTER, Maryland (Reuters) – Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War.
Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid to get Maryland’s five conservative western counties to secede from the state, one of the most liberal and Democratic in the country.
WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve began
supplying banks on Tuesday with billions of redesigned $100
bills that incorporate advanced anti-counterfeiting features,
the U.S. central bank said.
The notes, which retain the image of American statesman and
scientist Benjamin Franklin, include two new security features -
a blue three-dimensional security ribbon with images of bells
and 100s, and a color-changing bell in an inkwell, the Fed said
in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 350 elderly veterans aided by Republican lawmakers ignored a government shutdown and pushed past barricades at the National World War II Memorial on Tuesday to get into the shuttered site.
Witnesses said U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas led a dozen Republicans in snipping yellow police tape that had barred the veterans, some in wheelchairs, from the closed site.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government offices from the Internal Revenue Service to the national parks may be headed for a midnight shutdown amid a congressional budget battle, but the District of Columbia will remain open.
The semi-autonomous capital city’s mayor, Vincent Gray, has declared all 32,000 public workers essential, a break from prior practice that means they cannot be ordered home if the federal government shuts down.