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Apr 8, 2015

Power line break puts out the lights in Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A power line broke loose at an electrical substation near Washington on Tuesday, briefly dimming the White House, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours.

The Justice Department and State Department were among thousands of customers whose power was cut in the early afternoon, along with the University of Maryland and some World Bank offices.

Apr 7, 2015

Power outage hits White House, lights go out in Washington area

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – A power outage hit the White
House and much of the Washington area on Tuesday, snarling
trains, emptying museums and cutting electricity to government
buildings and the U.S. Capitol for hours.

The Justice Department and State Department were among
thousands of customers affected, along with the University of
Maryland and some World Bank offices.

Mar 31, 2015

Republican U.S. presidential contenders back Indiana law, say defends faith

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Possible contenders for the U.S. Republican presidential nomination are speaking out in support of Indiana’s new ‘religious freedom’ law, addressing controversy over the legislation with conservative views of faith and liberty.

“This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience. I think once the facts are established people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all,” said Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor who is expected to announce a presidential bid, in a radio interview on Monday.

Mar 31, 2015

Former U.S. agents charged for bitcoin theft during Silk Road probe

By Nate Raymond and Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road.

Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.

Mar 30, 2015

Former U.S. agents charged for bitcoin theft during black market probe

By Nate Raymond and Lisa Lambert

(Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department announced charges on Monday against two former federal agents accused of stealing the digital currency bitcoin during the investigation of the underground drug marketplace Silk Road.

Carl Force, a former Drug Enforcement Administration agent, and Shaun Bridges, a special agent with the Secret Service, were charged in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court with offenses including wire fraud and money laundering.

Mar 27, 2015

U.S. ethics panel probes Kentucky lawmaker over wife’s lobbying

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A special investigative panel will probe allegations that a Kentucky lawmaker helped his wife lobby on behalf of the Humane Society of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee said on Friday.

Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican, also faces allegations he “used his official position for the beneficial interest of himself or his wife, and dispensed special favors or privileges to either his wife, the Humane Society Legislative Fund or the Humane Society of the United States,” according to a statement released by the committee’s leaders.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. Secret Service director pledges to get tough on possible hush-ups

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged on Thursday to get tough on his agency for keeping quiet about officers allegedly driving drunk on White House grounds, but he also knocked down reports that the incident involved a collision or that agents purposely deleted surveillance video of it.

“If it is determined that any one of our employees concealed information about this alleged incident, they will be held accountable,” he said in testimony before a Senate subcommittee. “Our mission is too important for this to happen. It undermines my leadership, and I won’t stand for it.”

Mar 19, 2015

‘Bill for First Lady’ campaign puts ‘va-voom’ in U.S. election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A political group pushing Democrat Hillary Clinton to run for U.S. president has taken a novel approach: rallying people around making her husband the country’s First Lady.

The BillforFirstLady2016.com Political Action Committee is releasing videos, sponsoring social media accounts and hosting events that all feature a man decked out in a bobble-head mask of former President Bill Clinton, a red dress and high heels.

Mar 17, 2015

U.S. lawmakers press for urgent action on Secret Service scandal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service director was grilled by lawmakers on Tuesday who demanded to know why the agency, entrusted with the president’s safety, was not taking action on agents accused of drunk driving on the White House grounds.

Joseph Clancy, picked by President Barack Obama last month to turn around the country’s top security service after a series of problems, told a House of Representatives committee that he has no power to fire officers at will.

Mar 8, 2015

‘Huge gaps’ in Clinton email record, Benghazi probe chief says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Huge gaps exist in the emails former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has provided to a congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

Republican Representative Trey Gowdy said his committee lacked documentation from Clinton’s trip to Libya after the attack despite a popular photo image of her using a handheld device during a flight to that country.