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Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw machine

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. Full Story

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Drivers will have to pay to use 95 Express Lanes' HOV lanes

Wed Apr 16, 2014

When the I-95 Express Lanes open in Northern Virginia in early 2015, every vehicle using the HOV lanes 24 hours a day, seven days a week will need an E-ZPass or E-Z pass Flex to use them lawfully. Full Story

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Study: America is more like an oligarchy

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Americans pride themselves on living in a democracy where each vote matters, but a new study finds that America's government more closely resembles an oligarchy -- reflecting the wishes of the rich and powerful. Full Story

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Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say. Full Story

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Despite ridicule from Yelp reviewers, Ballston cafe keeps phallic sign

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Yelp reviewers and out-of-town passersby alike see the same thing when they look at the sign for Market Place & Cafe in Ballston: a phallus. Full Story

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2 ships collide, cargo ship grounded in Virginia

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- Two vessels collided in a main shipping channel and a 751-foot cargo ship ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday in high winds gusting up to 70 mph, the Coast Guard said. Full Story

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Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack. Full Story

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Man behind Tysons standoff charged with setting fires

Wed Apr 16, 2014

A man who spurred the evacuation of a Tysons Corner condominium building faces multiple charges related to the almost eight-hour standoff with police. Full Story

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Southwest flight attendant's safety routine cracks-up passengers

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Southwest Airlines is known for being laid back. But a recent flight attendant's comedy routine, while she gave safety instructions, took that attitude to a whole new level. Full Story

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Dulles Toll Road fees won't rise for years

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Many drivers have feared the cost of taking the Dulles Toll Road would keep rising in order to pay for the Silver Line rail project. Full Story

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Cargo ship runs aground in windy Chesapeake Bay

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- A thunderstorm with wind gusts of more than 70 mph ripped a cargo ship's anchors from the seafloor and caused it to run aground just a few hundred feet from a beach, drawing onlookers from nearby condos and apartments Wednesday morning. Full Story

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D.C.'s City Wildlife cares for injured baby squirrel (Photo)

Wed Apr 16, 2014

A baby squirrel fell 75 feet from a tree and is recuperating -- with an over-sized cast -- at D.C.'s Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Full Story

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Royal couple visit wildfire-affected Aussie town

Wed Apr 16, 2014

- Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, have visited a town ravaged by wildfires in the mountains west of Sydney as they continue their tour of Australia. Full Story

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Weather blog: From warm sunshine to snow

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Temperatures will plummet Tuesday bringing the chance for freeze warnings and the day's rain showers could turn to snow late Tuesday. Full Story

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Despite long winter, tick season starts early

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Despite the mid-April cold snap, tick season is beginning around the D.C. metro area and that means it brings a risk for Lyme disease, according to a local doctor. Full Story

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Windows 8.1 Update: A confusing but important upgrade

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Windows 8 was Microsoft's attempt to create a touch screen and mobile-friendly operating system. But some think the company went way too far. The 8.1 Update seems to be Microsoft's silent mea culpa to keyboard and mouse-concentric users, but it's more than that. Full Story

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2 men found dead below D.C. bridge

Wed Apr 16, 2014

D.C. police are investigating the deaths of two men found dead below a Pennsylvania Avenue bridge in Anacostia. Full Story

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13-year-old girl missing for two weeks

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Police in Prince George's County are searching for a girl who hasn't been seen since April 1. Full Story