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Sep 29, 2014

Man opens fire during Ethiopian Embassy protest in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported.

A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C.

Sep 29, 2014

Suspect in missing Virginia student linked to a 2009 case: TV

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student earlier this month has been linked by forensic evidence to another student who went missing in 2009 and was later found dead, a television station reported on Monday.

Forensic evidence belonging to Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, quoting sources close to the investigation.

Sep 27, 2014

Prospect of tighter White House security touches nerve in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The prospect of more of the U.S. capital being closed off after an intruder got into the White House has struck a nerve in Washington over public space being eroded by barricades and bollards.

The possible tightening of security around the president’s residence, a highly visible symbol of democracy and a prime draw for tourists and protesters alike, raises questions like whether safety trumps openness or whether a capital city can ever be entirely safe, analysts said.

Sep 24, 2014

U.S. immigration agents arrest 19 for human rights violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration agents have arrested 19 fugitives sought for human rights violations committed in other countries, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said on Wednesday.

Arrested last week during Operation No Safe Haven, the first nationwide crackdown of its kind, the 19 have outstanding removal orders and are subject to being deported, the agency said in a statement.

Sep 24, 2014

Washington police to test body video cameras

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington police will test body-worn video cameras, joining a trend by law enforcement nationwide to record how officers interact with the public, officials in the U.S. capital said on Wednesday.

The $1 million, six-month test of cameras by Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department follows a similar pilot program in New York announced early this month.

Sep 23, 2014

White House gets second barrier after fence jumping

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second fence has been erected along part of the White House grounds, pushing tourists and passersby farther away after a fence jumper got into the executive mansion.

The new waist-high barricade, which closes off part of the sidewalk on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House, went up late Monday or early Tuesday. It is about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the regular spike-topped fence.

Sep 19, 2014

Baltimore judge weighs $190 million accord on secret gynecological photos

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A $190 million settlement to compensate thousands of women who were secretly photographed by a now-deceased Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist during exams will go before a Baltimore judge on Friday.

The hospital and former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy, who had worked there for 25 years, reached a preliminary settlement deal in July to resolve accusations that the doctor secretly filmed and took photos of up to 9,500 women, often using a spy pen.

Sep 18, 2014

Washington D.C. voters back legal pot by 2-1 margin: poll

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters back legalized marijuana by a nearly two-to-one margin less than seven weeks before a referendum on the issue, according to a poll released on Thursday.

If voters approve Initiative 71 on Nov. 4, the U.S. capital would follow Colorado and Washington state into experimenting with legal pot.

Sep 18, 2014

U.S. panel puts off decision on designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A decision on the design of Washington’s troubled Eisenhower Memorial was delayed on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction failed to muster a quorum in its first meeting in 15 months.

The meeting of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission had been seen as a chance to find a way forward for the monument to the 34th president and World War Two general after years of delays. The panel was to choose between alternatives to a contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry.

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. panel weighs new designs for troubled Eisenhower Memorial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled Eisenhower Memorial reaches a crossroads on Wednesday as the panel overseeing its construction weighs alternatives to the original contentious design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry.

The memorial to the 34th U.S. president and World War Two Allied commander has been on the drawing board for 15 years. The proposed monument at the base of Capitol Hill has already cost taxpayers $41 million with no design in place, plagued by rising costs and delays.

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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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