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Jun 23, 2014

Obama to award Medal of Honor to U.S. ex-paratrooper Pitts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will award former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for heroism, on July 21 for gallantry during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghan war, the White House said on Monday.

Pitts, of Nashua, New Hampshire, will be the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan, the Defense Department said.

Jun 23, 2014

Homeland Security chief warns parents on child immigration surge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Central American parents against sending their children to the United States illegally, part of a White House effort to stem a flood of children crossing the border.

Johnson said children fleeing Central American countries faced a dangerous journey with no U.S. immigration permits awaiting them. Anyone caught crossing the border illegally is a priority for deportation, regardless of age, he said in an open letter to parents that ran in Spanish-language media during the weekend.

Jun 19, 2014

U.S. Marine gets Medal of Honor for taking grenade blast

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama presented retired Marine William “Kyle” Carpenter the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for gallantry, on Thursday for covering a grenade with his body and saving a comrade’s life.

Carpenter, 24, of Gilbert, South Carolina, should not be alive today after diving onto an insurgent grenade in Afghanistan packed with TNT, Obama told a White House ceremony.

Jun 19, 2014

Redskins’ lawyer sees quicker resolution of trademarks case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Washington Redskins expect a legal case involving cancellation of the NFL team’s trademarks will move more quickly than a previous case, which took nearly 11 years to conclude in the franchise’s favor, a lawyer for the team said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal canceled six Redskins trademarks because they disparage Native Americans. The team has said it will appeal the ruling in federal court.

Jun 18, 2014

U.S. Patent Office cancels trademarks of NFL’s Redskins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the federal trademarks for the National Football League’s Washington Redskins because they disparage Native Americans, the agency said on Wednesday.

The decision by a Patent Office administrative tribunal followed years of criticism of the Washington club by Native Americans and others who say the name is a slur.

Jun 17, 2014

Senate panel scolds TV’s Dr. Oz over diet claims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel probing bogus diet product ads took celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz to task on Tuesday for touting weight-loss products on his syndicated television show.

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, the chairwoman of the Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, said Oz had a role in perpetuating weight-loss fraud through his show.

Jun 16, 2014

Former Washington Mayor Barry, once busted for crack, out with memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, whose conviction for cocaine possession overshadowed his legacy as a civil rights crusader, is out with an autobiography that aims to tell his story.

“Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” is set to hit book stands on Tuesday. The title refers to how some critics described Barry’s four tumultuous terms that set the perception of local politics in the U.S. capital.

Jun 16, 2014

Guantanamo hearing to weigh accusations of FBI spying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. war crimes tribunal will hear arguments on Monday over a suspected FBI investigation that may have created a conflict of interest for lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

The Guantanamo Bay military commission is weighing a defense motion whether to abate, or modify, proceedings against the five inmates charged for their alleged involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, which killed almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. arrests 163 for smuggling of immigrants on Mexican border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. immigration agents have arrested 163 suspected smugglers of aliens on the Mexican border, authorities said on Friday, as the United States grapples with a flood of children crossing the border.

The human smugglers were arrested in a month-long operation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that ended on May 31, the agency said in a statement.

Jun 12, 2014

Securing materials in U.S. that could be used in ‘dirty bomb’ seen a challenge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States faces “challenges” in trying to secure radiological equipment used in a range of industries that could become part of a “dirty bomb” used in an attack, the Government Accountability Office reported on Thursday.

Visits to 33 industrial sites across the country involved in oil and gas production, aerospace and food sterilization revealed vulnerabilities in how companies store radiological equipment that range in size from several inches long to as small as a grain of ice.

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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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