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Apr 20, 2015

Baltimore police vow full probe of black man’s death while in custody

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – Baltimore police vowed on Monday to make a full and swift probe of the death of a black suspect who suffered spinal injuries after white officers arrested him, the latest incident to raise questions about the treatment of minorities by U.S. police.

Freddie Gray, 27, of Baltimore, was arrested on April 12 and died on Sunday from a spinal injury after slipping into a coma, officials said. His death has sparked outrage and protests in the largely black Maryland city of about 625,000 people.

Apr 8, 2015

Power line break puts out the lights in Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours.

The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.

Apr 7, 2015

Widespread power outages hit White House, Washington area

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – A power outage hit the White
House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling
trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government
buildings and the U.S. Capitol.

The Justice Department and State Department were also
affected, along with the University of Maryland. Power company
Pepco Holdings Inc said the outage stemmed from a dip in
voltage because of transmission line trouble.

Apr 6, 2015

Site marking end of U.S. Civil War is big history in small place

, April 6 (Reuters) – The site where Robert
E. Lee surrendered his Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant 150
years ago on Thursday, effectively ending the United States’
bloodiest war, is proof that history’s biggest turning points
can occur in the smallest places.

Ceremonies, re-enactments by thousands in Union and
Confederate uniforms, and bell ringing will commemorate the Army
of Northern Virginia’s surrender at the village of Appomattox
Court House on April 9, 1865, ending four years of fighting that
cost 620,000 lives.

Apr 5, 2015

Rolling Stone awaits review of discredited Virginia gang rape story

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Columbia University review of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity was due out on Sunday, addressing questions of journalistic principles raised by the provocative article.

Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on the story, “A Rape on Campus,” which caused an uproar over the issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in November. But discrepancies in the story soon surfaced, and the magazine was forced to retract it.

Apr 4, 2015

Rolling Stone awaits review of debunked Virginia gang rape story

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – A Columbia University review
of a now-discredited Rolling Stone story about an alleged gang
rape at a University of Virginia fraternity is due out on
Sunday, addressing the questions of journalistic ethics raised
by the provocative article.

Rolling Stone commissioned the review after backtracking on
the story, “A Rape on Campus,” which caused an uproar over the
issue of campus sexual assault when it was published in
November. But discrepancies in the story soon surfaced, and the
magazine was forced to retract it.

Mar 31, 2015

Driver slain at U.S. spy agency gate identified by FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The driver of a stolen car shot dead by National Security Agency guards when he and another man tried to run the spy agency’s gates dressed as women was identified by the FBI on Tuesday.

The driver was Ricky Shawatza Hall, 27, the FBI’s Baltimore office said in a statement. The agency is investigating Monday’s incident at NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, and the statement gave no motive.

Mar 31, 2015

Armed prisoner who fled Virginia hospital captured in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An armed prisoner who fled a suburban Washington hospital with a guard’s gun on Tuesday was recaptured in the U.S. capital after a nine-hour manhunt, police said.

The prisoner, accused bank robber Wossen Assaye, 42, apparently freed himself from shackles, seized a gun from a private contract guard and fled the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, Virginia, at about 3 a.m., authorities said.

Mar 29, 2015

Battlefield lessons transform U.S. emergency care

, March 29 (Reuters) – Paramedic Dean
Elliott rummaged through the ambulance’s emergency kit and
pulled out a pint-sized red power drill, a tool whose use was
honed on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

The drill allows high-speed insertion of a needle directly
into a bone’s marrow to give a patient intravenous fluids when
life-saving seconds count, said Elliott, a lieutenant with the
Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service.

Mar 23, 2015

Virginia police say no evidence for Rolling Stone’s college rape story

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – A police investigation has found no evidence to back up a discredited Rolling Stone magazine story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity, officials said on Monday.

Rolling Stone reported in November about an alleged Sept. 28, 2012, attack on a woman at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house pledge party and the university’s failure to respond to it. The magazine backtracked on its story in December, citing “discrepancies” in the accuser’s account.

    • 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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