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Aug 27, 2014

Army identifies shooter at Virginia base as Iraq war veteran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Army on Wednesday identified the soldier who fatally shot herself at a Virginia base this week as Sergeant First Class Paula Walker, an Iraq war veteran.

Walker, 33, brandished a pistol and barricaded herself inside an office at Fort Lee, in central Virginia, on Monday. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Aug 27, 2014

U.S. fighter plane crashes in Virginia, pilot’s fate unknown

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter crashed in mountainous western Virginia on Wednesday and the fate of the pilot was unknown, officials said.

The fighter plane went down shortly after 9 a.m. EDT in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke, a spokeswoman for the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office said.

Aug 25, 2014

Pilots’ union, UPS barred from probe of 2013 U.S. crash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board told United Parcel Service Inc and its pilots union on Monday they can no longer take part in the investigation of a 2013 crash that killed two UPS pilots.

The accident agency said in a statement the Independent Pilots Association and UPS Airlines had violated a participation agreement by publicly commenting on the investigation into the Birmingham, Alabama, crash before the board’s public meeting on its cause.

Aug 25, 2014

Shooter at U.S. Army base in Virginia wounds herself, sparks lockdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier armed with a pistol shot and wounded herself after barricading herself in an office at Fort Lee, Virginia, sparking a lockdown of the Army base, officials said.

The soldier entered the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 GMT) and locked herself in an office. She shot herself in the head as police negotiated with her.

Aug 11, 2014

Guantanamo judge to hear 9/11 suspect’s bid for separate trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Guantanamo Bay military judge this week will hear a request by a suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for a separate trial, a move that comes after the U.S. judge ordered one for another accused plotter.

Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, a 46-year-old Saudi, argued in a pretrial filing that his alleged role was smaller than his four co-defendants’ and joint prosecution would violate his rights to a fair trial and to confront accusers.

Aug 8, 2014

Death of Reagan press secretary James Brady ruled a homicide: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Virginia medical examiner has ruled the death of former White House press secretary James Brady a homicide resulting from the 1981 assassination attempt against President Ronald Reagan, a Washington police spokesman said on Friday.

Police are investigating Brady’s death on Monday as a homicide because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said.

Aug 6, 2014

District of Columbia legal pot measure heads for November ballot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An initiative to legalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia was cleared on Wednesday for a Nov. 4 vote in the U.S. capital, an election board spokeswoman said.

Washington’s Board of Elections voted unanimously that Initiative 71 had enough valid signatures to be on the ballot, the spokeswoman said.

Jul 29, 2014

Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore, faced with high crime rates, is set to impose one of the strictest U.S. curfews for young people, with the mayor facing residents on Tuesday to explain the new rules.

The measure that takes effect on Aug. 8 in the city that is the setting of such gritty crime dramas as “The Wire,” has drawn fire from rank-and-file police and civil liberty advocates who contend the law will turn children into criminals.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia’s gay marriage ban

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings to back gay marriage.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a federal judge who struck down the state ban as unconstitutional.

Jul 25, 2014

One Kuwaiti inmate to stay at Guantanamo, second goes home: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti man with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison, while a second is cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Friday.

Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, who has been held at the U.S. prison in Cuba without charge since 2002, is a security threat because he is susceptible to recruitment by extremists, the Periodic Review Board said.

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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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