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May 27, 2014

How do you spell ‘winner’ at the National Spelling Bee?

WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) – No one knows who will win the
Scripps National Spelling Bee in Maryland this week, but if past
performance is anything to go by, odds are an Indian American
youngster will walk away with the trophy.

Children of Indian origin have had a stunning run in the
nationally televised contest, nailing words such as “guerdon,”
“stromuhr” and “guetapens” to win 10 times in the last 15 years.

May 23, 2014

Fifty senators urge NFL to back Redskins’ name change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty U.S. senators urged the National Football League on Thursday to endorse a name change for the Washington Redskins, saying the franchise’s name was a racial slur.

In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the lawmakers said the league should follow the example of the National Basketball Association, which has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for bigoted remarks.

May 22, 2014

Fifty U.S. senators call on NFL to back Redskins’ name change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Fifty U.S. senators urged the National Football League on Thursday to endorse a name change for the Washington Redskins, saying the franchise’s name was a racial slur.

In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the lawmakers said the league should follow the example of the National Basketball Association, which has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life for bigoted remarks.

May 14, 2014

Hundreds contact FBI in U.S. about overseas pedophile teacher

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several hundred people have contacted U.S. agents investigating a teacher suspected of molesting boys while teaching at American schools around the world, an FBI spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in April that the suspect, William Vahey, had molested at least 90 boys, whose photos – dating back to 2008 – were found on a thumb drive.

May 12, 2014

Washington Monument reopens to fanfare after 2011 quake

WASHINGTON, May 12 (Reuters) – The Washington Monument, long
a symbol of the U.S. capital, reopened on Monday to speeches,
songs and fanfare after being closed for almost three years to
repair earthquake damage.

The 555-foot-high (170-meter) marble and granite obelisk,
the tallest stone structure in the world, was praised by
speakers at a reopening ceremony as an enduring symbol of U.S.
freedoms and principles.

May 11, 2014

Cheap U.S. buses lure travelers from rails, sky with new frills

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) – Forget the grimy terminals
and uncomfortable buses of the past. Discount U.S. carriers are
luring a new generation of riders from young tourists to
business travelers with amenities such as free Internet and
leather seats.

By offering low prices and picking up passengers curbside in
hip neighborhoods, discount bus companies have reversed a long
decline in ridership and are gaining ground on trains and
planes.

Apr 25, 2014

U.S. panel urges Guantanamo inmate be transferred to Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. national security panel has recommended that an inmate held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison since 2002 be transferred to Yemen.

Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, a 33-year-old Yemeni, had once been suspected of being a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, a founder of the al Qaeda extremist group who was killed by U.S. forces in 2011.

Apr 8, 2014

Guantanamo panel to weigh transfer of suspected al Qaeda fighter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspected al Qaeda fighter held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison since 2002 is scheduled to face a parole-style panel on Tuesday that will weigh whether he should remain imprisoned there.

Ghaleb Nassar al-Bihani, a 34- or 35-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of having fought in Afghanistan for the al Qaeda extremist group, according to a U.S. Defense Department prisoner profile. The U.S. military is unsure of his exact age.

Apr 2, 2014

Scandal-tainted Washington mayor vanquished in primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-tainted Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital’s crowded Democratic Party primary early on Wednesday.

Winning the eight-candidate Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in a city that is heavily Democratic. Turnout was low, at 20 percent.

Apr 2, 2014

Scandal-hit mayor trails early in Washington primary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The main challenger to the District of Columbia’s scandal-tainted mayor led in early results from the U.S. capital’s crowded Democratic Party primary on Tuesday.

City council member Muriel Bowser was ahead of Mayor Vincent Gray 44 percent to 24 percent with votes cast from 7.2 percent of Washington’s 369,037 registered voters, according to election board results.

    • 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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