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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.

Feb 12, 2013

U.S. vet who fought off Taliban attack awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday awarded former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for valor in combat, for leading a few dozen soldiers to fight off an attack by hundreds of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Obama placed the blue-and-white decoration around Romesha’s neck at a White House ceremony. Romesha, 31, of Minot, North Dakota, is the fourth living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Feb 11, 2013

Vet who fought off Taliban attack awarded Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Monday awarded former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for valor in combat, for leading a few dozen soldiers to fight off an attack by hundreds of Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Obama placed the blue-and-white decoration around Romesha’s neck at a White House ceremony. Romesha, 31, of Minot, North Dakota, is the fourth living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Afghanistan or Iraq.

Feb 8, 2013

Ex-ATF agents recall storm of gunfire in deadly 1993 Waco raid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A splintering storm of gunfire through walls and the floor was one former ATF agent’s searing memory of the deadly raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, 20 years ago this month.

Bill Buford, who helped plan the raid that turned into the biggest gunfight with federal officers in U.S. history, said late on Tuesday he and other Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents had expected a normal day in law enforcement, not a 12,000-round firefight with a heavily armed apocalyptic cult.

Feb 7, 2013

NFL’s Redskins, others should junk names, make money – panel

WASHINGTON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Showing the profits of
rebranding is more effective than moral arguments in prodding
sports teams such as the NFL’s Washington Redskins to drop names
seen as offensive to Native Americans, symposium panelists said
on Thursday.

Arguments against stereotyping Native Americans will carry
less weight than new revenue in changing names such as the
Redskins, the target of political debate and a legal fight, the
panelists at the National Museum of the American Indian said.

Feb 6, 2013

Lawmakers propose liability insurance for U.S. gun owners

WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Lawmakers eager to reduce gun
violence in their states are proposing mandatory liability
insurance for American firearm owners as a new way to limit
deaths and injuries.

Provoked by the Dec. 14 massacre of 20 schoolchildren and
six adults at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, the legislators
hope to harness market forces as another tool for gun control.

Feb 4, 2013

Youth orchestra brings Afghan touch to State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Students from Afghanistan’s only music academy brought the war-torn country’s rhythms to the State Department on Monday as part of their first U.S. tour, with brand-new Secretary John Kerry recalling his rock roots for the musicians.

The tour by the 48 musicians from the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) will include performances on Thursday at Washington’s Kennedy Center and next week at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Jan 31, 2013

Chesapeake Bay shows signs of recovery, but pollution persists

WASHINGTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – The Chesapeake Bay, North
America’s biggest estuary, is still ailing but making some
progress as it struggles to recover from over-fishing and
pollution, a partnership overseeing its revival said on
Thursday.

The number of juvenile crabs is the highest in two decades,
rockfish are stable and last year’s “dead zone,” the part of the
bay without enough oxygen to support life, seems to be the
smallest since 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Program said in its
2011-12 “Bay Barometer.”

    • 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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