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Aug 6, 2014

District of Columbia legal pot measure heads for November ballot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An initiative to legalize marijuana possession in the District of Columbia was cleared on Wednesday for a Nov. 4 vote in the U.S. capital, an election board spokeswoman said.

Washington’s Board of Elections voted unanimously that Initiative 71 had enough valid signatures to be on the ballot, the spokeswoman said.

Jul 29, 2014

Baltimore poised to impose strict new youth curfew

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore, faced with high crime rates, is set to impose one of the strictest U.S. curfews for young people, with the mayor facing residents on Tuesday to explain the new rules.

The measure that takes effect on Aug. 8 in the city that is the setting of such gritty crime dramas as “The Wire,” has drawn fire from rank-and-file police and civil liberty advocates who contend the law will turn children into criminals.

Jul 28, 2014

U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia’s gay marriage ban

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings to back gay marriage.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled 2-1 to affirm a February ruling by a federal judge who struck down the state ban as unconstitutional.

Jul 25, 2014

One Kuwaiti inmate to stay at Guantanamo, second goes home: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti man with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison, while a second is cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Friday.

Faez Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, who has been held at the U.S. prison in Cuba without charge since 2002, is a security threat because he is susceptible to recruitment by extremists, the Periodic Review Board said.

Jul 25, 2014

House report blasts Eisenhower Memorial as ‘five-star folly,’ cites costs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The troubled Eisenhower Memorial designed by celebrity architect Frank Gehry is a “five-star folly” plagued by rising costs, construction delays and design problems, congressional investigators said on Friday.

The memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the 34th U.S. president and World War Two Allied commander, has cost taxpayers $41 million with no design yet approved, the report by the House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee said.

Jul 25, 2014

Storm kills two, injures 31 at Virginia campground

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing two people and injuring 31 as it downed trees and overturned vehicles, officials said.

The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, during the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain.

Jul 24, 2014

Storm kills three, injures 20 at Virginia campground

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A likely tornado tore through an eastern Virginia campground on Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said.

The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain.

Jul 22, 2014

Harding letters reveal steamy side of 29th U.S. president

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On Christmas Eve 1910, future U.S. President Warren Harding wrote his mistress Carrie Phillips a letter that began: “There are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you … mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild.”

Harding praises Phillips’ “matchless embrace” and adds: “To have and to hold you, in happiness to you, exclusively, in satisfying and satisfied love, would be the triumph of living and loving.”

Jul 18, 2014

U.S. military to start gender treatments for Chelsea Manning

WASHINGTON, July 18 (Reuters) – The U.S. Army will provide
gender identity treatment for Chelsea Manning, a soldier who is
serving a sentence in a military prison for leaking classified
documents to WikiLeaks, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Manning, 26, who was born as a man but identifies as a
woman, had sought to be transferred to a civilian prison to
start hormone therapy. She is serving a 35-year sentence at an
all-male facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Jul 18, 2014

Member of Eisenhower Memorial panel says troubled design is dead

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A member of the commission overseeing construction of the Eisenhower Memorial said on Friday the controversial design by celebrity architect Frank Gehry should be scrapped.

Commissioner Bruce Cole said Gehry’s design of the memorial to Dwight Eisenhower, the World War Two military leader and 34th president, had generated too much opposition, especially with Congress withholding construction funds for two years in a row.

    • 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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