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Mar 9, 2011

Wet and windy Ash Wednesday for the U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit near New Orleans overnight, putting a damper on Mardi Gras just in time for the solemnity of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Three tornadoes touched down just east of New Orleans near the airport and rain was coming down at up to two inches an hour early Wednesday morning, according to the Orleans Parrish sheriff’s office and the Weather Channel.

Mar 9, 2011

U.S. faces wet and windy Ash Wednesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes hit near New Orleans overnight, putting a damper on Mardi Gras just in time for the solemnity of Lent on Ash Wednesday.

Three tornadoes reportedly touched down in East New Orleans and rain was coming down up to two inches an hour early Wednesday morning, according to the Weather Channel.

Mar 7, 2011

Corrected: Maryland gay marriage bill moves forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill that could make Maryland the sixth state where gay marriage is fully legal cleared a key committee on Friday, but supporters said its future was still uncertain.

After Senate Bill 116 was approved last week, it went to the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee where it was passed 12 to 10 on Friday afternoon, but not without some bumps along the way.

Mar 4, 2011

Maryland gay marriage bill moves forward

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill that could make Maryland the eighth state to effectively allow gay marriage cleared a key committee on Friday, but supporters said its future was still uncertain.

After Senate Bill 116 was approved last week, it went to the House of Delegates Judiciary Committee where it was passed 12 to 10 on Friday afternoon, but not without some bumps along the way.

Mar 4, 2011

US Navy admirals, others face censure over videos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several former top officers of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, including two rear admirals, have been recommended for censure following an investigation into lewd videos shown on the ship, the Navy said on Thursday.

The videos shot and shown aboard the vessel emerged in January and drew criticism for containing simulated masturbation, toilet humor and slurs against homosexuals.

Mar 3, 2011

Navy admirals, others censured over lewd videos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Several past top officers of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, including two rear admirals, have been recommended for censure following an investigation into lewd videos shown on the ship, the Navy announced on Thursday.

The videos made and shown on the vessel emerged in January and drew criticism for simulated masturbation, toilet humor, and slurs against homosexuals.

Feb 28, 2011

Severe storms hit the mid-Atlantic and South

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A severe weather front was bringing high winds, lightning, hail, flooding and a few tornadoes to the Southeast and mid-Atlantic on Monday, forecasters said.

The storm ran through the Mississippi and Ohio valleys overnight, causing flooding that will continue to swell Midwestern waterways throughout the week as the one to three inches of heavy rain meets with quickly melting snow, according to accuweather.com.

Feb 9, 2011

Virginia Senator Jim Webb says not running again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virginia Democratic Senator Jim Webb said on Wednesday he will not run for re-election in 2012, hurting chances his party will hold the seat in the state that has taken a Republican turn.

The announcement also dashes prospects for a high-profile rematch between Webb and former Republican Senator George Allen, who is making a bid to regain the seat he lost partly because of a racially insensitive comment he made during his campaign.

Feb 4, 2011

Jobless rate among veterans highest in five years

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed in January, far higher than the national jobless rate and the highest since the government began collecting data on veterans in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday.

That rate could go even higher if the U.S. military begins winding down operations in Afghanistan and a flood of veterans return home looking for work, a veterans’ advocate said.

Jan 24, 2011
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Former Senator Allen trying for a comeback, but he’s got competition

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Former Republican Senator George Allen is trying for a comeback for the Senate seat from Virginia that he narrowly lost to Democrat Jim Webb in 2006, following comments that critics said were racist.

“Friends, it’s time for an American comeback,” Allen said in a video on his website. “Today, I’m announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate. You know me as someone willing to fight for the people of Virginia and I would like the responsibility to fight for you again.”

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      "Wendell Hassan Marsh is an intern in Reuter's Washington, D.C. bureau where he is on the Economics team. His journalistic interests are wide and varied include politics, economics, globalization, energy, climate, technology, and culture. Wendell has lived and studied in Senegal, Switzerland, and France and speaks French and some Wolof. He has just started studying Arabic for his year long Fulbright fellowship in Egypt that he starts in the fall. Wendell plans spending much of his career as a journalist in Africa and the Middle East. He is a graduate of Morehouse College where he studied English Literature and French. ..."
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