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Jun 3, 2013

U.S. soldier goes on trial in WikiLeaks case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American soldier accused of providing more than 700,000 secret documents to the WikiLeaks website went on trial on Monday charged with the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is an intelligence analyst who faces a possible life sentence without parole if convicted for the 2010 leak that outraged the United States government.

Jun 1, 2013

U.S. soldier at center of WikiLeaks case set to go on trial Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American soldier accused of the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history, which prosecutors say put lives at risk, goes on trial on Monday in a case that raises questions about the limits of secrecy and openness in the Internet era.

Private First Class Bradley Manning, 25, is charged with providing more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks, an anti-secrecy website.

May 31, 2013

New Yorker Arvind Mahankali wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 31, 2013

New Yorker wins U.S. spelling bee with ‘knaidel’

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old boy from Bayside Hills, New York, won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a kind of dumpling.

Mahankali, a student at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School, had finished third in the contest twice before, each time stumbling on German words. This year, the packed auditorium erupted in a standing ovation when he nailed “knaidel,” which comes from German-derived Yiddish.

May 30, 2013

U.S. Spelling Bee winner to be announced on Thursday

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – One of 42 remaining young contestants who coped with nerves and words like “stabilimeter” and “jicama” will on Thursday be named champion of the United States’ Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The hopefuls were winnowed from 281 contestants aged 8 to 14 from across the United States and other countries. They advanced after two rounds of onstage spelling and, for the first time since the contest started in 1927, a computerized test that included vocabulary questions.

May 30, 2013

Nerves, tears, song on stage in U.S. National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, Maryland (Reuters) – The young contestants in the United States’ Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday relied on coping strategies from prayer to song to cool their nerves as they tackled some of the more obscure words in the English language.

This year’s contest posed a new challenge for the 281 contestants aged 8 to 14. It was no longer enough to be able to spell “jicama,” “weissnichtwo” and “piloncillo.” The contestants also needed to know that the words referred to a root vegetable, an imaginary place and a type of sugar, respectively.

May 29, 2013

Spelling bee youngsters face new test: what’s the word mean?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee face off on Wednesday with the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.

A total of 281 spellers, aged 8 to 14 and hailing from all 50 U.S. states, will step onto the stage over the next two days to be quizzed on their knowledge of obscure English words.

May 29, 2013

U.S. spelling bee youngsters face new test – what’s the word mean?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Young contestants in the Scripps National Spelling Bee face off on Wednesday with the new challenge of not only having to spell obscure words correctly, but also knowing what they mean.

A total of 281 spellers, aged 8 to 14 and hailing from all 50 U.S. states, will step onto the stage over the next two days to be quizzed on their knowledge of obscure English words.

May 23, 2013

Oklahoma tornado victims astounded at how they survived

MOORE, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Tornado survivors thanked God, sturdy closets and luck in explaining how they lived through the colossal twister that devastated an Oklahoma town and killed 24 people, an astonishingly low toll given the extent of destruction.

At least one family took refuge in a bathtub and some people shut themselves in underground shelters built into their houses on Monday when the powerful storm tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

May 22, 2013

Rescuers comb Oklahoma tornado rubble for buried survivors

, May 22 (Reuters) – Rescue workers with sniffer
dogs and searchlights combed through the wreckage of a massive
tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of
primary schools, homes and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb.

The massive tornado on Monday afternoon flattened blocks of
the town, killed at least 24 people and injured about 240 in
Moore, just outside Oklahoma City.

    • 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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