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Jun 18, 2014

U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL’s Redskins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademarks for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

The decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed years of criticism of the Washington club by Native Americans and others who say the name is a slur.

Jun 17, 2014

Senate panel scolds TV’s Dr. Oz over diet claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his syndicated television show.

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said Oz had a role in perpetuating weight-loss fraud through his show.

Jun 16, 2014

Former Washington Mayor Barry, once busted for crack, out with memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, whose conviction for cocaine possession overshadowed his legacy as a civil rights crusader, is out with an autobiography that aims to tell his story.

“Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” is set to hit book stands on Tuesday. The title refers to how some critics described Barry’s four tumultuous terms that set the perception of local politics in the U.S. capital.

Jun 16, 2014

Guantanamo hearing to weigh accusations of FBI spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. war crimes tribunal will hear arguments on Monday over a suspected FBI investigation that may have created a conflict of interest for lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Guantanamo Bay military commission is weighing a defense motion whether to abate, or modify, proceedings against the five inmates charged for their alleged involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. arrests 163 for smuggling of immigrants on Mexican border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration agents have arrested 163 suspected smugglers of aliens on the Mexican border, authorities said on Friday, as the United States grapples with a flood of children crossing the border.

The human smugglers were arrested in a month-long operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that ended on May 31, the agency said in a statement.

Jun 12, 2014

Securing materials in U.S. that could be used in ‘dirty bomb’ seen a challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States faces “challenges” in trying to secure radiological equipment used in a range of industries that could become part of a “dirty bomb” used in an attack, the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday.

Visits to 33 industrial sites across the country involved in oil and gas production, aerospace and food sterilization revealed vulnerabilities in how companies store radiological equipment that range in size from several inches long to as small as a grain of ice.

Jun 11, 2014

Guantanamo panel to weigh Kuwaiti prisoner’s transfer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti inmate at the Guantanamo Bay prison faces a hearing this week on whether he should be transferred home, with the Pentagon saying on Wednesday that he likely had ties to Osama bin Laden and his lawyer contending he was no threat to the United States.

Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari has been at the U.S. military prison in Cuba since May 2002. The parole-style hearing on Thursday will weigh whether he should still be held without charge or be sent to Kuwait.

Jun 6, 2014

Day memories still fresh 70 years later for U.S. veterans

By Ian Simpson

BEDFORD Va. (Reuters) – Seventy years after D-Day, Carl Proffitt Jr. can still remember the bodies of soldiers washing up on France’s Omaha Beach in the Allied invasion that helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in World War Two.

One of the dwindling band of World War Two veterans who gathered on Friday at the National D-Day Memorial to mark the anniversary, Proffitt was in the first wave of infantry put ashore on Normandy’s Omaha Beach in the teeth of German gunfire.

Jun 6, 2014

Stay-at-home American dads rose along with joblessness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. fathers staying at home nearly doubled since the late 1980s, led by a sharp rise in child care by dads, a report on Thursday showed.

High joblessness during the 2007-2009 recession helped boost the number of stay-at-home dads to 2 million in 2012, up from 1.1 million in 1989, the report by the Pew Research Center said.

Jun 5, 2014

Lawyer on Supreme Court hunger strike against social media firings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reclining on a beach chair outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Delaware lawyer Brian Zulberti doesn’t look like a man on a do-or-die mission to transform Internet privacy.

But even as he chats with passersby and taps a laptop, Zulberti, 31, is deep into a hunger strike aimed at keeping people from getting fired for what they post on social media.

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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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