, Nov 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. capital marked
Veterans Day on Tuesday with ceremonies at Arlington National
Cemetery where Vice President Joe Biden said the 23 million U.S.
veterans were the backbone of the nation.
The commemoration at Arlington, where more than 40,000
military personnel and their families are buried, was part of
events that include a giant concert in Washington featuring such
stars as Bruce Springsteen and Rihanna.
WASHINGTON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – U.S. violent crime including
murders fell 4.4 percent in 2013, continuing a long-term
downturn and marking the lowest number of violent crimes since
the late 1970s, the FBI said on Monday.
The law enforcement agency’s annual Crime in the United
States report showed property crimes also fell, by 4.1 percent,
last year, the 11th yearly drop in a row, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama awarded Civil War artillery officer Alonzo Cushing the Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. award for bravery, on Thursday, 151 years after he was killed manning his guns at the Battle of Gettysburg.
The posthumous award for the Delafield, Wisconsin, native “is a reminder that no matter how long it takes, it is never too late to do the right thing,” Obama told a White House ceremony attended by more than two dozen of Cushing’s relatives.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters have overwhelmingly approved legalizing marijuana, but pot smokers in the U.S. capital still need congressional approval before they can legally light up.
Washington voters passed Initiative 71, 65 percent to 28 percent on Tuesday, joining Oregon and Alaska in victories that add fuel to the pot legalization movement.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Russian army officer facing terrorism charges for a 2009 attack on U.S. and Afghan forces made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday, the Justice Department said.
The suspect, Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, was arrested in November 2009 and held by the Department of Defense in Afghanistan. He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, the department said in a statement.
By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz
WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.
The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island at 6:22 p.m. on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later. It was the first disaster since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.
By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz
WALLOPS Va. (Reuters) – Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launch pad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.
The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Human remains found in Virginia were identified on Friday as those of missing university student Hannah Graham, and prosecutors are focusing on more charges against the suspect in her disappearance, authorities said.
Graham, a University of Virginia sophomore, was last seen on Sept. 13 in Charlottesville, site of the university. Searchers discovered the remains on Oct. 18 on abandoned property near the town, and Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, has been charged in her disappearance.
WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A trash truck driver talking
on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train
collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S.
investigators said on Wednesday.
The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp
train spurred National Transportation Safety Board
officials to call for new laws preventing the use of hands-free
phone devices by commercial drivers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011.
The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals.