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Jun 2, 2014

Day anniversary events may be last big gathering of U.S. WWII vets

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A dwindling band of U.S. veterans is set this week to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day in nationwide events aimed at bringing home to Americans the importance of the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France that helped lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War Two.

With the youngest survivors of the June 6, 1944, landings on the French coastline now in their late 80s, ceremonies recalling the largest sea-borne invasion in history carry special weight, organizers say.

May 30, 2014

Indian-Americans declared co-winners after National Spelling Bee faceoff

By Ian Simpson

OXON HILL Md. (Reuters) – A tense championship faceoff at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie on Thursday, with co-winners declared for the first time in 52 years.

Sriram Hathwar, an eighth grader from Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh grader from Fort Worth, Texas, battled head-to-head through six rounds before judges ruled the contest a tie.

May 30, 2014

Co-winners declared after National Spelling Bee faceoff

By Ian Simpson

OXON HILL Md. (Reuters) – A tense championship faceoff at the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee ended in a tie on Thursday, with co-winners declared for the first time in 52 years.

Sriram Hathwar, an eighth grader from Painted Post, New York, and Ansun Sujoe, a seventh grader from Fort Worth, Texas, battled head-to-head through six rounds before judges ruled the contest a tie.

May 29, 2014

Fist pumps, visualization carry youngsters into U.S. spelling finals

By Ian Simpson

OXON HILL Md. (Reuters) – With a $30,000 scholarship and other prizes at stake, 12 young spellers advanced to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, including one who can visualize words on a dictionary page.

The finals begin at 8 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on ESPN.

The announcement that he had made the finals sent Jacob Williamson, a home-schooled eighth grader from Cape Coral, Florida, dropping to his knees and pumping his fists.

May 28, 2014

There’s a fun buzz around National Spelling Bee

, May 28 (Reuters) – Pressure-busting
one-liners were on full display as the tension-packed Scripps
National Spelling Bee got under way on Wednesday.

Asking for the word in question to be used in a sentence is
standard for the 281 youthful spellers, and presenter Jacques
Bailly has built the routine into a low-key shtick in which the
contestants repeatedly say: “Do you have a funny sentence?”

May 28, 2014

Some young spellers relieved by early elimination from U.S. bee

, May 28 (Reuters) – Twelve-year-old Nathan
Manaker had not been hopeful about his chances when the Scripps
National Spelling Bee got under way on Wednesday, and he turned
out to be right.

Manaker, a seventh-grader from Orono, Maine, was among the
first spellers ejected as winnowing of the 281 contestants, ages
8 to 15, began ahead of the finals on Thursday night.

May 27, 2014

Odds are an Indian American will win Spelling Bee, again

WASHINGTON (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 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.

    • 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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