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Dec 9, 2013

After Newtown, focus of U.S. gun control battle shifts to states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

Dec 3, 2013

Ho, ho, holy cow – Santa gets fighter escort on U.S. military site

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. military website showing Santa Claus delivering his presents while guarded by warplanes has some children’s advocates worried.

In a twist to its tradition of tracking an animated version of Santa Claus’ sleigh and reindeer as he flies around the globe on December 24, the military is adding the animated fighter plane escort to give a realistic feel to the popular feature, said a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Nov 26, 2013

Winter storm lashes eastern U.S., threatens Thanksgiving travel

WASHINGTON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A powerful winter storm
lashed much of the eastern United States with rain and snow on
Tuesday, threatening to snarl travel plans for millions over the
busy Thanksgiving holiday, forecasters said.

Winter storm watches and warnings were in place for large
parts of the Ohio River Valley, the interior mid-Atlantic, New
England and the Great Lakes as the storm system moves northeast
from the Gulf of Mexico area on Tuesday and Wednesday, the
National Weather Service said.

Nov 25, 2013

U.S. winter storm threatens to snarl Thanksgiving travel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A major winter storm set to hit the East Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday is threatening to snarl millions of Thanksgiving travelers’ holiday plans, forecasters said on Monday.

The same storm that lashed New Mexico and the southern Plains with snow and ice over the weekend will spread heavy rain across the South before moving into the U.S. Northeast ahead of the Thursday holiday, the National Weather Service said.

Nov 5, 2013

Tea Party figure, Democratic fundraiser face off in Virginia vote

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Virginia voters went to the polls on
Tuesday in a closely watched election for governor that has put
the Republicans’ conservative Tea Party wing on the defensive
and drawn record outside money.

Surveys have shown Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a
major party fundraiser, ahead of Republican Attorney General Ken
Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite, although polls vary on the
size of his lead.

Nov 4, 2013

Mastermind or translator? Somali piracy trial begins in Washington

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
all charges.

Oct 29, 2013

Singer Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assault that broke man’s nose

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.

Oct 28, 2013

Singer Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assault

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.

Oct 28, 2013

Rapper Chris Brown due in court to face assault charge in Washington

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

Oct 17, 2013

Returning U.S. government workers greeted with doughnuts, coffee, anxiety

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.”

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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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