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Jan 19, 2014

Latvians pass books along human chain to kick off culture capital year

RIGA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Latvians of all ages formed a human
chain in the freezing cold this weekend to pass books from the
old national library to a new one two km (1.2 miles) away as
part of festivities to celebrate Riga as Europe’s culture
capital for 2014.

Some 14,000 people, including children and the elderly,
stood in temperatures of minus 12 degrees C (10 F) on Saturday
to pass some 2,000 books hand to hand to a new library designed
by Latvian-born U.S. architect Gunnar Birkerts.

Aug 5, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: U.S. directs agents to cover up programme used to investigate Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Aug 5, 2013

Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Jul 12, 2013

Analysis: 911 calls highlight emergency response challenges in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency calls made moments after an Asiana Airlines jet crashed at San Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, and highlight some possible problems as emergency services raced to the scene.

The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured more than 180. The first police and fire personnel arrived at the crash scene in about two minutes, and local officials said brave rescue efforts and effective triage of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Jul 12, 2013

911 calls highlight emergency response challenges in Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12 (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency
calls made moments after an Asiana Airlines jet crashed at San
Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, and
highlight some possible problems as emergency services raced to
the scene.

The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured
more than 180. The first police and fire
personnel arrived at the crash scene in about two minutes, and
local officials said brave rescue efforts and effective triage
of the many wounded likely saved lives.

Jul 11, 2013

Emergency calls reveal chaos, long waits in aftermath of Asiana crash

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tapes of 911 emergency calls made moments after the Asiana plane crash at San Francisco airport last Saturday reveal panic and confusion, with passengers describing severe injuries and long waits for help.

The California Highway Patrol released 11 minutes of call audio tapes late on Wednesday. The crash of the Boeing 777 killed two and injured more than 180.

Jul 8, 2013

‘It was boom!’ inside crashing plane in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, July 7 (Reuters) – In the end, it was an easy
exit from the plane. The tail was gone, and the landing gear had
been ripped off during the crash.

Wen Zhang, seated near the back of Asiana Airlines flight
214 from Seoul, waited until the plane slid to a stop. Then she
gathered up her crying 4-year-old son, picked up her carry-on
bag and stepped out into the San Francisco sunshine.

Jun 21, 2013

The judges who preside over America’s secret court

WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, June 21 (Reuters) – Twelve of the
14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in
America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors.

One is a former director of the Illinois State Police.
Another helped direct the White House war on drugs. One served
as a prosecutor in the Whitewater case involving the Clintons’
real estate investments. Another forced President Bill Clinton
to testify during the same scandal.

Jun 13, 2013

Snowden as a teen online: anime and cheeky humor

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long before he became known worldwide as the National Security Agency contractor who exposed top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden worked for a Japanese anime company run by friends and went by the nicknames “The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”

In 2002, he was 18 years old, a high school dropout and his parents had just divorced. On the tiny anime company’s website, he wrote of his skills with video games and popularity with women.

Jun 12, 2013

Exclusive: Snowden as a teen online: anime and cheeky humor

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Long before he became known worldwide as the NSA contractor who exposed top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden worked for a Japanese anime company run by friends and went by the nicknames “The True HOOHA” and “Phish.”

In 2002, he was 18 years old, a high-school dropout and his parents had just divorced. On the tiny anime company’s website, he wrote of his skills with video games and popularity with women.

    • About Kristina

      "Kristina Cooke is an investigative reporter based in San Francisco. Before joining Reuters, she worked at CNN International and The Economist's "World In" journal. She studied International Relations and History at the London School of Economics and grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany. Write to Kristina: kristina.cooke@thomsonreuters.com Follow her on Twitter: @kristinacooke"
      Joined Reuters:
      2005
      Languages:
      English, German, Spanish, Japanese
      Awards:
      Deadline Club, 2010
      Front Page Award, 2011
      New York Press Club, 2013
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