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Jun 6, 2014

Day memories still fresh 70 years later for U.S. veterans

By Ian Simpson

BEDFORD Va. (Reuters) – Seventy years after D-Day, Carl Proffitt Jr. can still remember the bodies of soldiers washing up on France’s Omaha Beach in the Allied invasion that helped turn the tide against Nazi Germany in World War Two.

One of the dwindling band of World War Two veterans who gathered on Friday at the National D-Day Memorial to mark the anniversary, Proffitt was in the first wave of infantry put ashore on Normandy’s Omaha Beach in the teeth of German gunfire.

Jun 6, 2014

Stay-at-home American dads rose along with joblessness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. fathers staying at home nearly doubled since the late 1980s, led by a sharp rise in child care by dads, a report on Thursday showed.

High joblessness during the 2007-2009 recession helped boost the number of stay-at-home dads to 2 million in 2012, up from 1.1 million in 1989, the report by the Pew Research Center said.

Jun 5, 2014

Lawyer on Supreme Court hunger strike against social media firings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Reclining on a beach chair outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Delaware lawyer Brian Zulberti doesn’t look like a man on a do-or-die mission to transform Internet privacy.

But even as he chats with passersby and taps a laptop, Zulberti, 31, is deep into a hunger strike aimed at keeping people from getting fired for what they post on social media.

Jun 5, 2014

Stay-at-home American dads on the rise along with joblessness

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The number of U.S. fathers who are staying at home has nearly doubled since the late 1980s, led by a sharp rise in child care by dads, a report on Thursday showed.

High joblessness during the 2007-2009 recession helped boost the number of stay-at-home dads to 2 million in 2012, up from 1.1 million in 1989, the report by the Pew Research Center said.

Jun 4, 2014

Kuwaiti faces Guantanamo transfer hearing after security assurances

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Kuwaiti held at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. military prison since 2002 faces a parole-style hearing on Wednesday on whether he should be transferred home following Kuwait’s assurances of a rehabilitation program.

The man, Fouzi Khalid Abdullah al-Awda, 37, may have fought alongside al Qaeda and Taliban, according to a U.S. Defense Department prisoner profile. His lawyer contends he is not a threat to the United States.

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?”

    • 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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