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Washington gunman 'hunted' victims

The gunman who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard stalked his victims like a "hunter," officials said Thursday in the chilling first portrait of how the carnage unfolded. FBI Director James Comey told reporters that former Navy sailor Aaron Alexis had roamed the offices and corridors of the Navy Yard's 197 building, blasting victims at random with a sawed-off shotgun before being shot dead. Alexis, 34, was killed in a gun battle with police after being cornered following Monday's bloody spree.

Republican nominee to FCC says favors 'light hand' on regulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican nominee for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission, Michael O'Rielly, said on Wednesday that he favors an "extremely light" hand on regulation, drawing sharp remarks from some Democratic senators. O'Rielly, who spent two decades as a congressional staffer and worked for Senator John Cornyn of Texas and former Senator John Sununu of New Hampshire, said that his work for the FCC would be dedicated to enforcing existing laws, bringing certainty to the market and reducing unnecessary regulation.

Republican lawmakers renew Benghazi criticisms at hearing

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers accused the State Department of failing to hold anyone accountable for the Benghazi attacks at a hearing on Wednesday, the first of three this week in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on the 2012 incident. "No State Department personnel have been fired or even disciplined. No one has missed a paycheck," said Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who called the hearing.

Senior U.S. senator says Putin acting like 'schoolyard bully'

By Caren Bohan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic senator said on Sunday that the U.S.-Russia relationship had become "poisonous" and urged President Barack Obama to consider moving next month's Group of 20 summit away from the Russian city of St. Petersburg. Charles Schumer, the U.S. Senate's third ranking Democrat and a close Obama ally, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to antagonize the United States by granting American fugitive Edward Snowden asylum for one year.

Senator urges Obama to recommend moving G20 summit outside Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Charles Schumer urged President Barack Obama to retaliate against Moscow for granting asylum to accused national security leaker Edward Snowden by recommending that the upcoming G20 economic summit be moved outside of Russia. "Russia has stabbed us in the back, and each day that Mr. Snowden is allowed to roam free is another twist of the knife," Schumer, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat, said in a statement. "Given Russia's decision today, the president should recommend moving the G20 summit."

HSBC bank says Comey resigns from board to head FBI

Global banking giant HSBC said Wednesday that non-executive director James Comey has stepped down from the board after his confirmation as director of the FBI. The US Senate had on Monday confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to head the FBI at a time of heightened scrutiny of US intelligence operations.

Senate confirms Comey to be next FBI director

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Comey, a Republican who gained fame when he refused to sanction a government surveillance initiative in 2004, won Senate confirmation on Monday as President Barack Obama's pick to head the FBI. The vote was 93-1. Comey, 52, will replace Robert Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Two U.S. senators suggest moving G20 from Russia over Snowden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to consider recommending a different location for the September G20 summit in St. Petersburg if Russia does not hand over fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. Republican Lindsey Graham, who has already suggested an Olympic boycott, and Democrat Charles Schumer offered a resolution urging Moscow to turn Snowden over to the United States and prodding Washington to take action if it does not do so.

Senate panel approves Comey to be next FBI director

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved President Barack Obama's nomination of James Comey, an independent-minded Republican and former deputy U.S. attorney general, as director of the FBI. The nomination now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to confirm Comey as early as next week to replace Robert Mueller, who has led the bureau since shortly before the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Bipartisan Senate group pushes reporter shield law, says it will move forward soon

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan group of senators is pressing forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., say they hope to have the legislation to a Senate committee as early as this week. Schumer says the bill would ensure future administrations do not roll back protections for members of the media. Graham says the law will make it much harder for political appointees to stop reporters from doing their job.
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