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Map of happiness (Courtesy U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research)

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Virginia cities, D.C. top list of happiest metro areas

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Virginians may be grinning ear-to-ear after two cities in the commonwealth topped a list of the nation's happiest metropolitan areas. Full Story

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House Republican suggests giving DC back to Md.

Thu Jul 24, 2014

A House Republican who chairs a subcommittee overseeing the District of Columbia is suggesting giving most of the District back to Maryland and "possibly" getting rid of the local government. Full Story

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Biggest party colleges in each state are ranked

Thu Jul 24, 2014

If you're looking for a good time, changes are there are parties at the homes of the Duke Dogs and Terrapins. Full Story

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D.C. rides wave of the future: Sea containers as homes

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Could you live in a shipping container? More architects and developers are repurposing sea containers into homes. But don't worry; it's not as small as it sounds. Full Story

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Study: Dogs can feel jealousy

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Dogs are considered man's best friend, but a new study indicates that many dogs want to be man's only best friend. Full Story

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2 dead as tornado strikes campground

Fri Jul 25, 2014

Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 30 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore. Full Story

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Many military dogs are being left overseas (Photos)

Thu Jul 24, 2014

War weary veterans look forward to being reunited with their loved ones, whether they stand on two legs or walk on four. Full Story

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Alexandria man charged with assaulting woman inside pharmacy

Thu Jul 24, 2014

An Alexandria man is in jail on charges that he tried to remove a woman's underwear while inside a CVS/Pharmacy Wednesday. Full Story

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New incentives to catch a 'Frankenfish' in Maryland

Thu Jul 24, 2014

There's a new incentive to go out and catch a nasty-looking fish nicknamed the "Frankenfish" in Maryland. Full Story

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Police: 3 Va. kids home alone when burglars enter

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Police in Norfolk are investigating why three children were home alone when two men broke into the residence, sent the children into a back room and stole items before fleeing. Full Story

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Rockville girl dies after pool rescue

Thu Jul 24, 2014

A Rockville girl has died after she was rescued from a local swimming pool Tuesday and now Montgomery County police are investigating the 8-year-old's death. Full Story

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Judge halts Md. highway work in Rockville

Thu Jul 24, 2014

A Montgomery County judge is ordering the State Highway Administration to halt work on a sound barrier along Interstate 270 in Rockville. Full Story

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D.C. murals make a comeback (Photos)

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Murals are a way for the people in a city like D.C. to have a voice and an opinion that will, in turn, influence community involvement and urban aesthetics. Full Story

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Meg Ryan sightings in Va. as star directs film

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Meg Ryan sightings are increasing around central Virginia as the actress prepares to make her debut as a director. Full Story

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Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in DC

Wed Jul 23, 2014

Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. Full Story

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Police: Man dressed as woman, robbed bank

Thu Jul 24, 2014

Maryland State Police say a man who dressed as a woman and robbed a Cecil County bank has been arrested in Delaware. Full Story