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Apr 1, 2014

Fate of scandal-tinged Washington, D.C. mayor in hands of voters

WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) – District of Columbia
residents voted on Tuesday in a crowded Democratic mayoral
primary, with the scandal-tarnished incumbent, Vincent Gray,
facing a stiff challenge from a city councilor and ally of the
previous mayor.

Polls show Muriel Bowser, who helped manage Adrian Fenty’s
successful 2006 mayoral campaign and later was elected to city
council, in a tight race with Gray, who has presided over an
economic boom in the U.S. capital.

Apr 1, 2014

Washington voters head to mayoral primary as scandal swirls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia voters head to the polls on Tuesday for a crowded Democratic mayoral primary, with the incumbent facing a strong threat from a city councilor after being linked to a campaign-finance scandal.

Mayor Vincent Gray, who has presided over an economic boom in the U.S. capital, narrowly trailed city council member Muriel Bowser 27 percent to 30 percent in a Washington Post poll released last week.

Mar 26, 2014

U.S. agency wants armed police at airport checkpoints, counters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recommended on Wednesday that armed law enforcement officers be posted at airport checkpoints and ticket counters during peak hours.

An agency review, prompted by a deadly Los Angeles airport shooting incident last fall, called for setting standards in airports that allow officers at checkpoints and ticket counters to roam rather than hold set positions.

Mar 26, 2014

Corruption scandal makes Washington Democratic primary a dead heat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week’s Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray’s lead, a poll showed on Wednesday

Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.

Mar 21, 2014

Guantanamo board reviews case of ‘Dirty 30′ bin Laden bodyguard

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years on Thursday faced a U.S. national security board weighing whether he should remain in detention there.

Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, 33, is suspected of having been part of what U.S. intelligence officials called the “Dirty 30″ security detail around bin Laden, a founder of al Qaeda who was killed in 2011 by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Guantanamo board to review case of ‘Dirty 30′ bin Laden bodyguard

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A suspected Osama bin Laden bodyguard held at Guantanamo Bay military prison for 12 years is due to face a U.S. national security board on Thursday that will weigh whether he should remain jailed there.

Ali Ahmad al-Razihi, a 33-year-old Yemeni, is suspected of once being part of what U.S. intelligence officials called the “Dirty 30″ security detail around bin Laden, a founder of al Qaeda who was killed in May 2011 by U.S. forces at his hideout in Pakistan.

Mar 18, 2014

U.S. Naval Academy midshipman faces trial in sex assault case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former Naval Academy football player goes on trial on Tuesday on charges of sexually assaulting a female midshipman in a case that has focused attention on the spate of sexual misconduct in the U.S. military.

Midshipman Joshua Tate, a junior from Nashville, Tennessee, is the only one to be court-martialed among three Academy football players initially accused of assaulting the woman while she was passed out at an alcohol-fueled party in April 2012.

Mar 17, 2014

U.S. Naval Academy sex assault trial delayed by snow

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The trial of a former Naval Academy football player on charges of sexually assaulting a female midshipman was delayed on Monday because of a snowstorm that shut down the U.S. capital.

The court-martial of Midshipman Joshua Tate at Washington’s Navy Yard will resume on Tuesday, a Naval Academy spokeswoman said in an email. Federal offices in Washington were closed because of a winter storm that dumped up to a foot of snow on the mid-Atlantic states.

Mar 12, 2014

Sandusky’s wife claims he’s innocent, victims manipulated

By Ian Simpson

(Reuters) – The wife of convicted child molester and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky said on Wednesday that he was innocent and that victims who testified against him were manipulated for money.

In her first television interview on the subject, Dottie Sandusky said on NBC’s “Today” show that she believed her husband’s contention that he had never molested boys, including incidents in their home in State College, Pennsylvania.

Mar 11, 2014

Washington, D.C., businessman pleads guilty in mayoral campaign scheme

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital’s Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term.

Federal prosecutors had accused Jeffrey Thompson, once a major government contractor, of running a “shadow campaign” that funneled more than $660,000 through friends and relatives to Washington Mayor Vincent Gray’s successful 2010 campaign, breaking campaign laws that forbid contributions of more than $25,000 by one person.

    • 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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