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Mar 7, 2013

Cyrus Cylinder, ancient decree of religious freedom, starts U.S. tour

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Cyrus Cylinder of ancient Persia, a landmark in religious freedom and a potent symbol of Iranian national identity, will begin its first U.S. tour with an exhibit that opens Saturday in Washington.

The barrel-shaped clay artifact, 2,500 years old and only 9 inches long, has been described as the first declaration of human rights and an influence on leaders from Alexander the Great to Thomas Jefferson.

Mar 7, 2013

Winter storm pummels Appalachians, Washington spared

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – A major snowstorm blanketed
the Appalachian Mountains on Wednesday, leaving 150,000 homes
and business in nine states without power, but Washington got
mostly rain after officials had shut down the U.S. capital as
the storm approached.

About three inches (7.5 cm) of snow hit Washington’s Dulles
airport, and by late afternoon only light rain was falling on
the capital’s streets. They were largely deserted after the
federal government ordered its 375,000 workers in the area to
stay home.

Mar 6, 2013

Washington shuts down ahead of snowstorm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. capital shut down on Wednesday ahead of a fierce snowstorm that blanketed the Appalachians, cut power to about 123,000 homes and businesses and prompted a state of emergency in Virginia.

The National Weather Service posted storm warnings for much of the Ohio River Valley and the mid-Atlantic states and as far south as eastern Tennessee.

Mar 6, 2013

Washington shuts down ahead of fierce snowstorm

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. capital shut down
on Wednesday ahead of a fierce snowstorm that had blanketed the
Midwest, leaving thousands without power and forcing hundreds of
flights to be canceled.

Washington could get slammed by its biggest snowfall in as
much as two years, with 6 inches to 12 inches (15 cm to 30 cm)
expected after the storm moved eastward into the mid-Atlantic
states, the National Weather Service said.

Mar 6, 2013

Washington shuts down as fierce snowstorm slams Midwest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government shut down on Wednesday ahead of a fierce snowstorm packing heavy, wet snow that had blanketed the Midwest, leaving thousands without power and forcing hundreds of flights to be canceled.

Washington could get slammed by its biggest snowfall in as much as two years, with 6 inches to 12 inches (15 cm to 30 cm) expected after the storm moved eastward into the mid-Atlantic states, the National Weather Service said.

Mar 5, 2013

California is hub for many of 600,000 American “megacommuters”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About 600,000 Americans are megacommuters who work at least 50 miles from home and take at least 90 minutes to get there, with the biggest concentration in California, the U.S. Census Bureau said on Tuesday.

The agency said the percentage of Americans who traveled at least 90 minutes to work daily has inched higher in the last two decades even as the number of people who work from home has soared by 45 percent.

Feb 28, 2013

Government workers riled up ahead of automatic budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government workers normally unfazed by political gridlock are angry that they will be disproportionately hurt by Washington’s inability to reach a deal to avoid some $85 billion in automatic budget cuts due to kick in on Friday.

The indiscriminate spending cuts, which will occur unless President Barack Obama and Congress reach a last-minute agreement, threaten to puncture the affluence of the U.S. capital and its suburbs, where incomes and house prices have benefited from decades of federal largesse.

Feb 28, 2013

U.S. government workers riled up ahead of automatic budget cuts

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – U.S. government workers
normally unfazed by political gridlock are angry that they will
be disproportionately hurt by Washington’s inability to reach a
deal to avoid some $85 billion in automatic budget cuts due to
kick in on Friday.

The indiscriminate spending cuts, which will occur unless
President Barack Obama and Congress reach a last-minute
agreement, threaten to puncture the affluence of the U.S.
capital and its suburbs, where incomes and house prices have
benefited from decades of federal largesse.

Feb 22, 2013

Nevada legalizes first interstate online poker

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Nevada has become the first U.S. state to legalize interstate online poker and allow state-to-state gaming agreements, beating New Jersey to the punch and putting in place a potential nationwide framework for Internet wagering.

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed the landmark bipartisan bill into law on Thursday, authorizing his office to enter into agreements with other states that will in effect allow Nevada-based companies to host interactive gambling for residents of other states.

Feb 22, 2013

Nevada OKs first interstate online poker

Feb 22 (Reuters) – Nevada has become the first U.S. state to
legalize interstate online poker and allow state-to-state gaming
agreements, beating New Jersey to the punch and putting in place
a potential nationwide framework for Internet wagering.

Republican Governor Brian Sandoval signed the landmark
bipartisan bill into law on Thursday, authorizing his office to
enter into agreements with other states that will in effect
allow Nevada-based companies to host interactive gambling for
residents of other states.

    • 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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