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Nov 5, 2013

Tea Party figure, Democratic fundraiser face off in Virginia vote

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Virginia voters went to the polls on
Tuesday in a closely watched election for governor that has put
the Republicans’ conservative Tea Party wing on the defensive
and drawn record outside money.

Surveys have shown Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a
major party fundraiser, ahead of Republican Attorney General Ken
Cuccinelli, a Tea Party favorite, although polls vary on the
size of his lead.

Nov 4, 2013

Mastermind or translator? Somali piracy trial begins in Washington

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) – The U.S. trial of a Somali man
accused of piracy off the Horn of Africa began on Monday, with
prosecutors portraying him as a ransom-hungry negotiator and his
lawyers defending him as an intelligence source for the United
States who served as a translator.

Ali Mohamed Ali, a former Washington, D.C., resident, is
charged with helping Somali pirates who seized a Danish cargo
vessel in November 2008 negotiate a $1.7 million ransom to free
the 13 crew members and the ship. He has pleaded not guilty to
all charges.

Oct 29, 2013

Singer Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assault that broke man’s nose

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty on Monday to misdemeanor assault after a fight that broke a man’s nose on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.

After spending the night in jail, Brown left the courthouse in a crush of security and press as fans crying “Chris, Chris” tried to rush the artist. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Oct 28, 2013

Singer Chris Brown pleads not guilty to assault

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – R&B singer Chris Brown
pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of misdemeanor assault
as a result of a fight on Sunday outside a Washington hotel, the
latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winner.

Brown, 24, was arrested early on Sunday outside the upscale
W Hotel, a few hundred yards from the White House. Another man
involved in the fight, Christopher Hollosy, 35, described in
court documents as Brown’s bodyguard, was also arrested and
charged with assault.

Oct 28, 2013

Rapper Chris Brown due in court to face assault charge in Washington

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Editor’s Note: Please note
language in 6th paragraph

Rapper Chris Brown was due in a local Washington, D.C. court
on Monday to face a felony assault charge stemming from a fight
outside a hotel, the latest legal run-in for the Grammy-winning

Oct 17, 2013

Returning U.S. government workers greeted with doughnuts, coffee, anxiety

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Furloughed U.S. government workers returned to their jobs on Thursday, greeted with doughnuts, coffee, pep talks from Obama administration bosses and anxiety over whether they will face another shutdown threat in the new year.

“I’m glad this whole thing is behind us and to be able to go back to work,” Mike McParland, who works for USAID’s Food for Peace program, said en route to his office. “I just hope they find a way forward before January so we don’t have to go through this again.”

Oct 15, 2013

U.S. Army captain awarded Medal of Honor for valor in Afghan ambush

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Retired U.S. Army Captain William Swenson, who rescued wounded soldiers under fire during a deadly Afghan ambush, was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. recognition for valor, on Tuesday by President Barack Obama.

Swenson, 34, of Seattle, saved the lives of more than a dozen U.S. and Afghan troops under heavy fire from Taliban fighters who ambushed his patrol in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, Obama said at a White House ceremony.

Oct 12, 2013

Anti-government anger fuels long-shot Maryland breakaway bid

WESTMINSTER, Maryland (Reuters) – Scott Strzelczyk is fed up with what he calls political slavery in Maryland and sees one way out – creating a breakaway state, a feat that has not been accomplished since the American Civil War.

Riding a wave of anti-government sentiment across the United States, the small-town information technology consultant has launched a long-shot bid to get Maryland’s five conservative western counties to secede from the state, one of the most liberal and Democratic in the country.

Oct 8, 2013

U.S. Fed ships new $100 bills with anti-counterfeit features

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve began
supplying banks on Tuesday with billions of redesigned $100
bills that incorporate advanced anti-counterfeiting features,
the U.S. central bank said.

The notes, which retain the image of American statesman and
scientist Benjamin Franklin, include two new security features -
a blue three-dimensional security ribbon with images of bells
and 100s, and a color-changing bell in an inkwell, the Fed said
in a statement.

Oct 1, 2013

Vets, Republican lawmakers open barriers to get into WWII site

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 350 elderly veterans aided by Republican lawmakers ignored a government shutdown and pushed past barricades at the National World War II Memorial on Tuesday to get into the shuttered site.

Witnesses said U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas led a dozen Republicans in snipping yellow police tape that had barred the veterans, some in wheelchairs, from the closed site.

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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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