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Aug 5, 2015

Capitol gyrocopter stunt exposes security flaws: Senate report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The high-profile gyrocopter landing at the U.S. Capitol in April exposed security lapses that included communications and investigative breakdowns and a radar gap, a bipartisan Senate report said on Wednesday.

The stunt by Florida mailman Douglas Hughes showed the need for improved information-sharing and air security technology, the report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said.

Aug 5, 2015

U.S. Capitol gyrocopter stunt exposes security flaws -Senate report

WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) – The high-profile gyrocopter
landing at the U.S. Capitol in April exposed security lapses
that included communications and investigative breakdowns and a
radar gap, a bipartisan Senate report said on Wednesday.

The stunt by Florida mailman Douglas Hughes showed the need
for improved information-sharing and air security technology,
the report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs Committee said.

Aug 5, 2015

U.S. Forest Service says spending more than half of budget on fires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Forest Service for the first time is spending more than half its budget to fight wildfires like those now ravaging the western United States, the agency said on Wednesday.

With the growing threat from climate change and other factors, firefighting costs are estimated to soar to two-thirds of the agency’s budget within a decade and divert hundreds of millions of dollars from programs that help prevent fires, the Forest Service said in a report.

Aug 3, 2015

Police chiefs discuss solutions to crime surge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Big city police chiefs on Monday met to discuss rising U.S. crime rates, especially homicides, and blamed repeat offenders, drugs and guns with larger magazines for part of the increase.

The meeting of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, attended also by some prosecutors, came as cities face a recent upturn in violent crime after it fell starting in the 1990s to half-century lows in 2013.

Jul 28, 2015

Police seek links between West Virginia killing and cold cases

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Police in Illinois and Nevada are seeking links between cold-case killings and a man shot dead by a West Virginia prostitute when he tried to attack her, authorities said on Tuesday.

The suspect, Neal Falls, 45, was killed on July 18 in Charleston, West Virginia, when he threatened the prostitute’s life with a 9mm pistol. The woman, called “Heather” by police, seized the weapon during a struggle and shot him in the head.

Jul 23, 2015

Back from brink, all-women Sweet Briar College faces rough road

By Ian Simpson

SWEET BRIAR, Va. (Reuters) – High school senior Alexis Zsamboran was devastated when she heard that Sweet Briar College was planning to close and join a long line of U.S. all-women’s schools that have shut their doors.

Recruited to play field hockey, the 19-year-old from Toms River, New Jersey, had fallen in love with the school when she visited its campus nestled in the Blue Ridge foothills of Virginia.

Jul 22, 2015

Florida man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects plea deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Florida man who flew a gyrocopter onto the U.S. Capitol grounds has rejected two plea deals and said on Wednesday his trial would be a forum on the need for campaign finance reform.

Douglas Hughes, 61, a former mail carrier from Ruskin, Florida, said he expected two trials from his illegal flight – one in U.S. District Court and a second in public opinion as he fights lobbyists’ influence in the U.S. capital.

Jul 21, 2015

Baltimore judge tosses request on evidence in Freddie Gray death case

By Ian Simpson and Donna Owens

(Reuters) – A Maryland judge has denied a prosecutor’s
request to keep lawyers for police charged in the death of a man
in April from publicizing evidence before the trial, the
Baltimore Sun reported late on Monday.

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is prosecuting six
police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, had wanted a
Circuit Court hearing to argue for a protective order barring
release of evidence.

Jul 2, 2015

No victims found at U.S. Navy Yard in Washington: local fire department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – No injuries were reported at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Thursday, a spokesman for the Washington D.C. Fire Department said, after the facility was placed on lockdown following reports of a possible shooter.

A shooter had not been found as police swarmed the Navy Yard, according to a local CBS radio station, amid heightened security concerns ahead of the U.S. July Fourth holiday weekend.

Jul 1, 2015

From hip-hop to computers, Smithsonian museum honors U.S. innovation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Museum of American History opened a $63 million wing on Wednesday celebrating the rich U.S. history of innovation and invention, from 19th century revolvers to hip-hop music and Silicon Valley computers.

The 45,000-square-foot (4,180-square-meter) Innovation Wing is designed to show how for more than 200 years the United States has provided a fertile environment for turning new ideas into reality.

    • About Ian

      "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."
      Joined Reuters:
      1990
      Languages:
      Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, some Dari
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