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Apr 1, 2013

US Justice Dept. to monitor Kansas, Nebraska elections

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – The Justice Department’s
civil rights division will monitor local elections in two
counties in Kansas and Nebraska on Tuesday, the department said.

The oversight of polling places will ensure the Voting
Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws are
complied with, the Justice Department said in a statement on
Monday.

Mar 26, 2013

Outside U.S. Supreme Court, another kind of gay marriage debate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As the U.S. Supreme Court began deliberations Tuesday on California’s gay marriage ban, thousands of protesters outside staged their own version of oral arguments, underscoring the social and political tensions at stake.

Gay marriage opponents paraded past the Supreme Court building as part of the March for Marriage, while gay marriage advocates held a rally at the steps of the white-columned high court. Though the judges inside showed no sign they noticed the protesters, the activists seemed determined to influence the court of public opinion.

Mar 26, 2013

Most U.S. streams, rivers in poor health for water life: EPA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were in poor condition for aquatic life, largely under threat from runoff contaminated by fertilizers, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday.

High levels of phosphorus and nitrogen, runoff from urban areas, shrinking ground cover and pollution from mercury and bacteria were putting the 1.2 million miles (1.9 million km) of streams and rivers surveyed under stress, the EPA said.

Mar 25, 2013

U.S. high-security labs lack standards, strategy – study

WASHINGTON, March 25 (Reuters) – The U.S. high-security
laboratories that study such deadly diseases as anthrax and
plague lack national standards and strategy, putting the country
at risk, a congressional watchdog reported on Monday.

The United States has made no overall assessment of its need
for the labs, including research priorities, and the number of
U.S. labs is unknown, said the report by the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress.

Mar 22, 2013

Marine kills two at Quantico base, takes own life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Marine shot dead a male and female colleague at a Virginia base and then killed himself, in the second fatal non-combat incident involving Marines in the United States this week.

The shootings took place about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, about 40 miles south of Washington, base commander Colonel David Maxwell said on Friday.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of 7 killed in US mortar mishap were Afghanistan vets

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The seven young Marines
killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns
scattered across the United States and included a would-be chef
and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the
Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in
recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm
mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a
live-fire exercise. Eight other service members were wounded and
the cause of the mishap is still under investigation.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of seven Marines killed in mortar accident had survived Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The seven young Marines killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns scattered across the United States and encompassed a would-be chef and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a live-fire exercise. Eight other servicemembers were wounded, and the cause is still under investigation.

Mar 21, 2013

Six of 7 Marines killed in U.S. mortar accident had survived Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) – The seven young Marines
killed in a Nevada mortar accident this week were from towns
scattered across the United States and encompassed a would-be
chef and former athletes, with all but one veterans of the
Afghanistan war.

In one of the deadliest U.S. military training accidents in
recent years, the Marines were killed on Monday when a 60mm
mortar round exploded prematurely in its launching tube during a
live-fire exercise. Eight other servicemembers were wounded, and
the cause is still under investigation.

Mar 13, 2013

Smartphone use among U.S. teens is up sharply – survey

WASHINGTON, March 13 (Reuters) – About 37 percent of
Americans ages 12 to 17 tap the Internet using a smartphone, up
sharply in just a year, according to a 2012 Pew survey released
on Wednesday.

Twenty-three percent of teens mainly go online using their
phones and not a desktop or laptop computer, versus 15 percent
of adults, the poll by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and
American Life Project showed.

Mar 12, 2013

Most algebra classes mislabeled as rigorous: study

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most U.S. high school introductory algebra courses labeled “honors” actually are no more rigorous than regular courses in the same school, according to a government curriculum survey released on Tuesday.

The study of high school algebra and geometry classes shows that mislabeling of math courses as tougher than they are is widespread, the survey authors told a news conference.

    • 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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