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Oct 1, 2015

West Virginia trial starts for mine exec in deadly 2010 blast

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A former coal company executive goes on trial in
a West Virginia court on Thursday on federal charges stemming
from a 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 people.

Don Blankenship, the former chief executive officer of
Massey Energy Co, faces three felony counts for allegedly
ignoring hundreds of safety breaches at the Upper Big Branch
Mine and conspiring to cover up violations. The blast was the
worst U.S. mine disaster in four decades.

Sep 30, 2015

Judge orders halt to Virginia execution pending hearing on drug

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Virginia on Wednesday ordered a temporary halt to a serial killer’s execution scheduled for Thursday so a hearing could be held about one of the drugs that would be used to put him to death.

U.S. District Court Judge Anthony Trenga granted a temporary restraining order against Virginia and scheduled a hearing for 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday. Alfredo Prieto, 49, is set to be executed by lethal injection at 9 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

Sep 30, 2015

Federal oversight urged for Washington’s troubled subway

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators on Wednesday recommended urgent federal oversight of Washington’s troubled subway system, which has been plagued by smoky tunnels, breakdowns and deadly accidents.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for Metrorail, the second-busiest U.S. subway system after New York’s, to be put under the watch of the Federal Railroad Administration, the agency said in a statement.

Sep 30, 2015

Federal oversight recommended for Washington’s troubled subway

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – U.S. safety regulators on
Wednesday recommended urgent federal oversight of Washington’s
troubled subway system, which has been plagued by smoky tunnels,
breakdowns and deadly accidents.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for
Metrorail, the second-busiest U.S. subway system after New
York’s, to be put under the watch of the Federal Railroad
Administration, the agency said in a statement.

Sep 29, 2015

Baltimore judge to schedule police trials in black man’s death

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Baltimore judge on Tuesday is expected to set trial dates for six police officers charged in the death of a black man from an injury suffered in police custody, an event that triggered local protests, arson and rioting.

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will hold an afternoon scheduling hearing with prosecutors and defense lawyers in the case arising from the death of Freddie Gray in April.

Sep 27, 2015

Francis’ fans and the faithful pack into Philadelphia for final Mass

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis’ admirers from around the world packed into Philadelphia on Sunday for the open-air mass that marked the end of his historic six-day U.S. visit, where they sung, strained to take photos and passed him babies to bless.

Hours before Francis was due to deliver a homily near the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum, people filed towards a gated perimeter, where their belongings were searched before each person passed through metal detectors. 

Sep 27, 2015

In America’s birthplace, pope gives pep talk to immigrants

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Pope Francis, speaking on Saturday in America’s birthplace, offered stout words of support to Hispanic and other immigrants in the United States, telling them not to be discouraged at a time when some prominent politicians are directing hostility toward them.

A day before wrapping up his first U.S. visit, the 78-year-old Argentine pontiff also used his trip to Philadelphia to promote religious freedom as a fundamental right but condemned the use of religion as a pretext for hatred and brutality.

Sep 25, 2015

Philadelphia hopes for economic windfall from pope’s visit

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Philadelphia leaders are anticipating an economic boost from the up to 1.5 million visitors expected for Pope Francis’ visit this weekend, but skeptics say hopes for a big windfall are overblown.

Democratic Mayor Michael Nutter said this week the pope’s visit and the four-day World Meeting of Families, a Catholic gathering, is expected to generate $419 million for the local economy, almost all from the pope.

Sep 23, 2015

In heated U.S. debate, immigrants get boost of pope power

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In his first public words on his first trip to the United States, Pope Francis on Wednesday put himself in the shoes of millions of foreigners.

“As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families,” the Argentine pontiff told U.S. President Barack Obama, speaking slowly in English after months of study.

Sep 12, 2015

Personal trainers sweat as Washington, D.C., readies new rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A battle is brewing in Washington as the capital city prepares to regulate personal fitness trainers in a move that could ripple through the country’s booming $24 billion gym industry and its fight against flab.

The District of Columbia, whose residents are generally fitter than the rest of the country, is set to adopt the United States’ first regulations on trainers, following a law passed by the city council last year. It named an obscure city regulatory panel, the Board of Physical Therapy, to develop rules for trainers who help guide exercise aficionados through their stretching, weightlifting and crunches.

    • 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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