WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Stacks of federal money may
have buffered Washington and its wealthy surroundings from the
Great Recession, but now the area must adapt to a new reality -
life without government spending.
Sectors from biotechnology to cybersecurity and logistics,
and even traffic-beating Potomac River ferries are the focus as
the fourth-biggest U.S. metro economy tries to reinvent itself
for a sharp tightening of the federal budget.
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia (Reuters) – Defense lawyers for Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood massacre suspect, told an Army appeals court on Thursday that his court martial judge had overstepped his authority in ordering him to appear clean shaven for trial.
A prosecutor, in turn, argued before the Army Court of Criminal Appeals that the court martial judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, was empowered to maintain decorum in his courtroom. Hasan is accused of shooting to death 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Serial child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison on Tuesday for abusing young, at-risk boys for more than a decade.
The sentence by Judge John Cleland in Centre County Court could put the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator in prison for the rest of his life.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, hours after broadcasting a statement proclaiming his innocence of child sex abuse and denouncing his accusers, arrived in court on Tuesday to learn whether he will spend his life in prison.
Sandusky, 68, faces a sentence of hundreds of years in prison after being convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team’s showers on campus.
BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, on the eve of his sentencing for molesting 10 boys, on Monday denied he committed the “alleged disgusting acts” and said his wife has been his only sex partner.
Sandusky, 68, in a taped statement carried by Penn State’s student radio station, said he was wrongly convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse, crimes for which he could spend the rest of his life behind bars after his sentencing on Tuesday in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
BALTIMORE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard is on the
front lines of national security, but it struggles to complete
its missions with one of the world’s oldest maritime fleets and
a multibillion dollar replacement program years behind schedule.
The cash-strapped service operates with frequent breakdowns
and obsolete gear in what one U.S. congressman has called a
“death spiral,” of too few ships and too many missions.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A Pennsylvania judge will hold a closed-door briefing with attorneys on Monday to make final preparations for the sentencing hearing of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach convicted of molesting 10 boys.
Judge John Cleland could send Sandusky 68, to prison for up to 373 years when he hands down the sentence on Tuesday at the courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, the scene of a June trial that focused national attention on the issue of child sexual abuse.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – A key witness in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal sued Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday for more than $8 million on whistleblower, defamation and misrepresentation grounds.
Mike McQueary, a former Penn State assistant football coach, claimed in the suit filed in Center County Court that he lost his job, was misled and publicly scorned because he had told about one of the attacks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China’s most famous political dissident, Ai Weiwei, launches his first major U.S. art exhibition on Sunday with some unflinchingly political works, including an image of his brain bleeding from a police beating.
The show, “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” at Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum groups sculpture, photography, video, audio and installation work.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leading U.S. car rental companies have agreed to back Senate legislation to pull vehicles from the road when recalled for safety defects, lawmakers and the firms said on Thursday.
The legislation brings car rental companies in line with auto dealers, who are barred from selling a car being recalled for a defect until the fault is repaired.