WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray could decide as early as this week whether to sign a minimum wage bill that could discourage Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the world’s biggest retailer, from opening stores in the U.S. capital.
The bill, approved by the City Council two months ago, would require big retailers to pay a 50 percent premium on the local minimum wage, with backers saying that Wal-Mart and others can easily afford it to get into the District of Columbia’s fast-growing market.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier convicted of providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of classified materials in the nation’s history has asked for a presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.
The request for Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley Manning, was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.
WASHINGTON, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. soldier convicted of
providing secret files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of
classified materials in the nation’s history has asked for a
presidential pardon, supporters said on Wednesday.
The request for Chelsea, formerly known as Bradley, Manning,
was filed by attorney David Coombs on Tuesday, according to a
statement on the Pardon Private Manning website.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thousands of marchers gathered on Washington’s national mall on Wednesday to commemorate civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech 50 years ago as activists said his goal of racial harmony remains elusive.
Remarks from President Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president, and bell ringing around the world will mark the moment that King ended his landmark address, which came to symbolize the struggle for equality among blacks and whites in America.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Words from the first black U.S. president and bell ringing around the world on Wednesday will mark 50 years to the minute that civil rights leader Martin Luther King ended his landmark “I have a dream” speech.
Capping a week long celebration of King’s historic call for racial and economic justice, President Barack Obama will speak at the Lincoln Memorial, site of King’s address on August 28, 1963.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor on Monday to Army Staff Sergeant Ty Carter, who risked his life to save a wounded soldier under enemy fire during a battle in Afghanistan.
As Carter’s family and members of his unit looked on, Obama placed the medal around the soldier’s neck at a White House ceremony. It is the highest U.S. military honor.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of marchers converged on Washington, D.C., on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence.
“We believe in a new America. It’s time to march for a new America,” civil rights leader and MSNBC television commentator Reverend Al Sharpton told the predominantly black crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
VESTAL, New York/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Friday that America’s history of racial discrimination had contributed to a persistent economic gap between blacks and whites in the 50 years since Martin Luther King’s landmark “I have a dream” speech.
Obama said his own story showed the “enormous strides” the United States had made since King’s speech, but as Washington commemorates the anniversary of King’s address, the disparity between black and white income remained.
WASHINGTON, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Bradley Manning, the U.S.
soldier sentenced to 35 years in military prison for the biggest
breach of classified documents in the nation’s history, said on
Thursday he is female and wants to live as a woman named
Manning received the sentence on Wednesday for giving more
than 700,000 secret files, videos and diplomatic cables to
WikiLeaks. His lawyers had argued the former Army intelligence
analyst suffered a sexual identity crisis when he leaked the
files while serving in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.
FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) – U.S. soldier Bradley Manning was sentenced on Wednesday to 35 years in a military prison for turning over more than 700,000 classified files to WikiLeaks in the biggest breach of secret data in the nation’s history.
The 25-year-old former low-level intelligence analyst, in uniform, stood quietly and showed no emotion as Judge Colonel Denise Lind sentenced him to less time behind bars than the 60 years sought by military prosecutors.