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Feb 7, 2013

NFL’s Redskins, others should junk names, make money – panel

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Showing the profits of
rebranding is more effective than moral arguments in prodding
sports teams such as the NFL’s Washington Redskins to drop names
seen as offensive to Native Americans, symposium panelists said
on Thursday.

Arguments against stereotyping Native Americans will carry
less weight than new revenue in changing names such as the
Redskins, the target of political debate and a legal fight, the
panelists at the National Museum of the American Indian said.

Feb 6, 2013

Lawmakers propose liability insurance for U.S. gun owners

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Lawmakers eager to reduce gun
violence in their states are proposing mandatory liability
insurance for American firearm owners as a new way to limit
deaths and injuries.

Provoked by the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 schoolchildren and
six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, the legislators
hope to harness market forces as another tool for gun control.

Feb 4, 2013

Youth orchestra brings Afghan touch to State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Students from Afghanistan’s only music academy brought the war-torn country’s rhythms to the State Department on Monday as part of their first U.S. tour, with brand-new Secretary John Kerry recalling his rock roots for the musicians.

The tour by the 48 musicians from the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) will include performances on Thursday at Washington’s Kennedy Center and next week at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Jan 31, 2013

Chesapeake Bay shows signs of recovery, but pollution persists

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Chesapeake Bay, North
America’s biggest estuary, is still ailing but making some
progress as it struggles to recover from over-fishing and
pollution, a partnership overseeing its revival said on
Thursday.

The number of juvenile crabs is the highest in two decades,
rockfish are stable and last year’s “dead zone,” the part of the
bay without enough oxygen to support life, seems to be the
smallest since 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Program said in its
2011-12 “Bay Barometer.”

Jan 30, 2013

Judge rejects Sandusky’s bid for new sex abuse trial

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky lost his bid on Wednesday for a new trial on child sex abuse charges.

Judge John Cleland rejected the request in an opinion posted on the Centre County Court’s website. Sandusky’s attorneys had argued they lacked enough time to prepare for the trial.

Jan 26, 2013

Thousands to march against gun violence in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Residents of Newtown, Connecticut, site of a mass school shooting that reignited the U.S. gun violence debate, will take part in a Washington march for gun control on Saturday with activists, politicians and actors.

Thousands of protesters were expected for the rally on the National Mall, part of about a dozen across the United States in favor of gun control, organizers said in a statement.

Jan 25, 2013

Anti-abortion marchers in Washington protest 40 yrs of legal abortion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Anti-abortion activists marched in Washington on Friday to protest the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal in the United States 40 years ago.

Condemning abortion as an abuse of human rights, people from across the country participated in the March for Life that takes place annually in the nation’s capital. The Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling on January 22, 1973, legalized abortion.

Jan 24, 2013

Washington, D.C.’s Metro transit system proposes $26 billion upgrade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington, D.C.’s mass-transit system on Thursday proposed a $26 billion expansion through 2040 to help drive economic growth in the U.S. capital and its suburbs.

The proposal presented to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s board includes a second tunnel under the Potomac River and a new rail tunnel in the center of the District of Columbia.

Jan 22, 2013

Prayers, marches mark anniversary of landmark abortion ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Prayers, marches and protests kicked off in Washington on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, even as battles over the issue have largely shifted from the federal courts to statehouses.

Many of the anti-abortion protests are the latest editions of those held each year around the anniversary of the January 22, 1973, ruling that legalized abortion in the first three months of pregnancy.

Jan 18, 2013

US replaces airport scanners in bid for more privacy

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The Transportation Security
Administration said Friday it is removing controversial
full-body scanners at U.S. airports and replacing them with new
scanners that allow greater privacy.

The TSA canceled a contract with Rapiscan, a unit of OSI
Systems Inc, on Thursday because the company had failed
to deliver software to protect the privacy of
passengers.

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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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