Ian Simpson

Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee

29 May 2018

WASHINGTON At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world's most tricky languages.

Head of USA Gymnastics apologises to sex abuse victims

24 May 2018

WASHINGTON The top executive of USA Gymnastics apologised during a congressional hearing on Wednesday to hundreds of female athletes who were sexually abused by longtime team doctor Larry Nassar and declared that "those days are over." | Video

Kansas lawmakers pass adoption bill critics say biased against gay couples

04 May 2018

The Kansas Legislature on Friday approved a bill that allows faith-based adoption agencies to turn away gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs, and the state's governor said he would sign it.

Parents sue North Korea, saying Warmbier 'tortured and murdered'

27 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON The parents of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier sued North Korea on Thursday over their son's death in 2017 following his release from captivity there, according to the lawsuit which said their son was "brutally tortured and murdered."

Former South Carolina prison workers charged with smuggling contraband

26 Apr 2018

A federal grand jury has indicted 14 former South Carolina corrections employees on charges of taking bribes to smuggle drugs, cellphones and even a hamburger into prisons, authorities said on Wednesday.

Wounded soldier gets world's first penis transplant in U.S. operation

25 Apr 2018

A soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has received the world's first complete penis and scrotum transplant, officials at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore said on Monday. | Video

Black men arrested at Starbucks hope scandal sparks change

20 Apr 2018

A week after their arrests at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia sparked protests and calls for boycotts of the coffee chain, the two black men involved broke their silence and said they wanted the incident to change U.S. racial attitudes.

Black men arrested at Starbucks want change in U.S. racial attitudes

19 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON, April 19 Two black men who were arrested at a Starbucks Corp cafe in Philadelphia while waiting for a friend said on Thursday they hoped the widely publicized incident would lead to changes in U.S. racial attitudes.

Deadly South Carolina prison riot exposes staffing shortage

19 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON A gang-related melee at a South Carolina prison that ended with seven dead and 17 injured, the deadliest U.S. prison riot in a quarter century, exposed the vulnerability of an understaffed system.

Former U.S. Olympians tell Congress more reforms needed in gymnastics

19 Apr 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. gymnastics needs more reforms to wipe out sexual abuse after a scandal involving an ex-team doctor convicted of molesting female athletes, former Olympic athletes told a Senate panel on Wednesday. | Video

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U.S. House rejects Saudi weapons sales; Trump to veto

The U.S. House of Representatives backed resolutions on Wednesday to block the sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, sending them to the White House, where President Donald Trump has promised a veto.