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Aug 29, 2015

Man who shot Virginia journalists identified with 9/11 attacks: sheriff

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The gunman who killed two Virginia television journalists on air carried out a well-planned assault and identified with mass murderers and the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, authorities said on Friday.

The shooter, Vester Flanagan, gave no sign of his destination or next move when he fled after gunning down the journalists from Roanoke station WDBJ7 on Wednesday, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Aug 28, 2015

Virginia governor calls for gun controls after journalists shot

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Friday vowed to press for gun control reforms following the deaths of two television journalists by a former station employee in an on-air shooting.

The pledge by McAuliffe, a Democrat, came as more details emerged about the Wednesday shooting of the journalists at Roanoke station WDBJ7, including ammunition, letters and clothing found in the gunman’s car.

Aug 27, 2015

Father of Virginia TV reporter slain on air vows to fight for gun control

WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The father of a Virginia
journalist killed in an on-air shooting said on Thursday he
would become a crusader for gun control, but analysts said there
was little likelihood of legislation on the federal level any
time soon, despite changes in some states.

Two journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam
Ward of Roanoke CBS affiliate WDBJ7, were shot during a live
interview on Wednesday by a disgruntled former station employee
who later killed himself. The woman who was being interviewed
was wounded and hospitalized.

Aug 26, 2015

Boundaries shift in the U.S. on what cellphone use is rude: survey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Do you text or otherwise engage with a small screen during a social gathering? A U.S. survey suggests you are not alone, even if you are annoyed when other people do exactly the same thing.

The Pew Research Center survey on shifts in what is acceptable in an always-wired world found 82 percent of American adults say that using cellphones hurt conversation in social gatherings.

Aug 19, 2015

Washington, DC, targets illegal guns as killings surge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia on Wednesday sharply hiked rewards for seized illegal guns amid an upsurge in killings in the U.S. capital, part of a rise in homicides in many big cities.

Washington will pay a $2,500 reward for a tip leading to gun seizures, up from $1,000. Information leading to an arrest and conviction in a shooting earns a reward of $10,000, up from $1,000, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a statement.

Aug 18, 2015

Ex-police officer faces murder charge in Virginia shooting death

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Virginia police officer was indicted by a grand jury on Monday for second-degree murder in a 2013 on-duty shooting death, an attorney said.

Adam Torres, a onetime Fairfax County police officer, was indicted for shooting John Geer, 46, of Springfield, at his home, Michael Lieberman, a lawyer for the Geer family, said in an email.

Aug 16, 2015

Pencils down: More U.S. colleges drop standardized tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hey, high schoolers, scared of bombing on the SATs and not getting into college? Don’t worry, a growing number of U.S. schools are scrapping standardized test scores as part of admission.

Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University last month joined more than 850 U.S. colleges and universities that no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT, tests that have been a feature of American student life for decades.

Aug 13, 2015

U.S. returns stolen Picasso painting ‘La Coiffeuse’ to France

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. authorities returned the stolen $15 million Picasso painting “La Coiffeuse” to France on Thursday, nine months after it was found in a FedEx shipment listed as a $37 handicraft.

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldana turned over the 1911 cubist oil painting to French officials in a ceremony at the French Embassy.

Aug 6, 2015

Maryland governor names panel to reform legislative redistricting

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A bipartisan commission will reform the process of redrawing Maryland’s congressional district boundaries, seen as among the most gerrymandered in the United States, Governor Larry Hogan said on Thursday.

Hogan, a Republican elected in November, said the panel would aim to give the power to reset congressional boundaries to an independent, nonpartisan panel. Authority to set the districts now rests with lawmakers and the governor.

Aug 6, 2015

Property losses from northern California wildfire nearly double

By Steve Gorman and Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The tally of property losses from California’s largest and most destructive wildfire this year nearly doubled on Wednesday as the week-old blaze raged through dry scrubland north of Napa Valley wine country.

The higher damage figures from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire) coincided with an ominous U.S. Forest Service report that more than half its total budget is, for the first time, being spent on fire suppression across the country.

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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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