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Dec 5, 2014

Rolling Stone apologizes for Univ. of Virginia rape story

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Rolling Stone magazine on Friday
apologized for its November article about an alleged gang rape
at a University of Virginia fraternity, saying that there were
“discrepancies” about the accuser’s account.

The story created an uproar at the school and prompted
renewed debate on campus sexual abuse.

Dec 4, 2014

Washington pays final respects to ex-Mayor Marion Barry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington, D.C., on Thursday began its three-day final farewell to the late Marion Barry, the former mayor who remained a hero to many in the city despite a crack cocaine conviction.

Barry, known as the District of Columbia’s “mayor for life” after four terms in office, died on Nov. 23 at 78 due to heart problems. He was a city councilman when he died, representing impoverished Ward 8.

Dec 2, 2014

Washington City Council OKs new stadium for D.C. United

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia Council gave initial approval on Tuesday to a deal worth more than $300 million to build a stadium for D.C. United, the city’s Major League Soccer franchise.

The lawmakers unanimously approved the agreement for the 20,000-seat venue. A final vote is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Dec 2, 2014

Soccer-Washington City Council OKs new stadium for D.C. United

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The District of Columbia
Council gave initial approval on Tuesday to a deal worth more
than $300 million to build a stadium for D.C. United, the city’s
Major League Soccer franchise.

The lawmakers unanimously approved the agreement for the
20,000-seat venue. A final vote is scheduled for Dec. 16.

Nov 21, 2014

Thanksgiving grease cooks up plumbing disasters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Thanksgiving is a royal pain in the U.S. drain.

Thanksgiving means turkey dinners, family gatherings and football. For household drains and aging sewers across the United States, it means a lot of grease going down the pipes – and into the sewers.

For some harried cooks, the simplest way to get rid of fat from turkeys, bacon and roasts is down the kitchen drain. There it congeals, clogging the pipe and trapping food scraps until the only solution is to call the plumber.

Nov 21, 2014

One dead in explosion at Fieldwood platform in Gulf of Mexico

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An explosion at oil and gas operator Fieldwood Energy’s Echo Platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday killed one person and injured at least one, but no pollution was reported, a U.S. safety agency and the company said.

The explosion occurred just before 3 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EST) at West Delta 105, about 12 miles (19 km) off the coast of New Orleans, the U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said in a statement.

Nov 16, 2014

U.S. heightens Ebola screening for travelers from Mali

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The United States is adding
Mali to the list of countries whose travelers get special Ebola
screening after a number of cases in the West African nation,
the government said on Sunday.

Enhanced screening will start on Monday for the 15 to 20
travelers who arrive daily from Mali, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Homeland
Security said in a statement.

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. Capitol workers, others to strike for higher pay, union

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some U.S. Capitol workers on Thursday will join for the first time a strike by other federal contract workers to press President Barack Obama to boost pay and spur unionization, a spokesman for strike organizers said.

About two dozen food service workers will be among several hundred federal contract employees expected to strike at the white-domed Capitol, Smithsonian museums, the Pentagon and other sites, said Paco Fabian, a spokesman for the Good Jobs Nation campaign for better pay and benefits.

Nov 11, 2014

Ceremonies, concerts mark Veterans Day in U.S. capital

, 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.

Nov 10, 2014

Violent U.S. crime drops again to 1970s level, FBI says

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.

    • 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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