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Scandal-tainted Washington mayor loses Democratic primary

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary on Wednesday. Winning the Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in the heavily Democratic city. Turnout in Tuesday's election was low at 23 percent.

Washington mayor ousted in primary race

Washington Mayor Vincent Gray lost his bid to run the US capital city for a second term late Tuesday, bumped from the job by city councilwoman Muriel Bowser. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the DC Board of Elections announced challenger Bowser earned 44 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, compared with Gray's 33 percent. Several other candidates earned between 0 and 12 percent of the vote. Gray conceded the race around midnight, the Washington Post reported. Voter turnout was muted.

Washington voters head to mayoral primary as scandal swirls

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia voters head to the polls on Tuesday for a crowded Democratic mayoral primary, with the incumbent facing a strong threat from a city councilor after being linked to a campaign-finance scandal. Mayor Vincent Gray, who has presided over an economic boom in the U.S. capital, narrowly trailed city council member Muriel Bowser 27 percent to 30 percent in a Washington Post poll released last week.

Corruption scandal makes Washington Democratic primary a dead heat

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week's Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray's lead, a poll showed on Wednesday Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.

'Culture of brutality' in Chicago jail charged in lawsuit

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Prisoners at Chicago's Cook County Jail live in fear due to a "culture of brutality and lawlessness" that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, a civil rights lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago said on Thursday.

'Culture of brutality' in Chicago jail charged in lawsuit

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - Prisoners at Cook County Jail in Chicago live in fear due to a "culture of brutality and lawlessness" that subjects them to physical abuse by guards, charged a lawsuit filed in federal court in Chicago on Thursday.

Obama aide Rice says recent troubles shouldn't derail U.S.-India ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top White House adviser attempted to smooth over troubled ties between the United States and India on Friday, saying the two countries should not allow the dispute over an Indian diplomat to "derail the future we are working diligently to build."

Senior Obama adviser criticizes human rights abuses in China, Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security adviser, in a sweeping review of global human rights practices, singled out China and Russia for criticism on Wednesday over how they treat their citizens. The adviser, Susan Rice, specifically cited the detention in China of Xu Zhiyong, a legal scholar and rights defender, and Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient who was jailed in 2009 for 11 years on subversion charges for organizing a petition urging the overthrow of one-party rule.

Top Obama aide rebukes China, Russia over rights

A top aide to President Barack Obama rebuked rivals China and Russia over human rights Wednesday but admitted "painful" tradeoffs were sometimes necessary to ensure US security. National Security Advisor Susan Rice argued in a major speech that balancing human rights with other US national security priorities was complicated in a world of swirling geopolitics, multiple threats and authoritarian governments.

Condoleeza Rice recalls racial blast that killed childhood friend

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - When a church bombing killed four young black girls on a quiet Sunday morning in 1963, life for a young Condoleeza Rice changed forever. The racial attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church, in the former secretary of state's hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, rocked the nation and led to sweeping changes in laws governing civil rights.
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