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Polar vortex look-alike to bring unseasonable temperatures

Fri Jul 11, 2014

By Monday or Tuesday, ABC7 Meteorologist Brian van de Graaff predicts the temperatures could drop more than 20 degrees below normal. Full Story

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Driver in fatal hit-and-run Md. crash returns hours later

Thu Jul 10, 2014

It's the kind of scene that makes every driver shudder: One car overturned at a crash site, emergency workers trying to help the injured, police trying to sort out what happened. Full Story

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Threat to Fairfax Co. Courthouse prompts police presence

Fri Jul 11, 2014

The threat was phoned in at 9:40 a.m., prompting the Fairfax County Police Department to put armed officers at the courthouse entrances and on patrol in the surrounding area. Full Story

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Tysons high-rise fire blamed on water in a transformer

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Water leaking into a transformer in an electrical room Thursday night caused a fire in a high-rise undergoing a major renovation in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, Virginia. Full Story

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Police back off on plan to take explicit photo

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Police in Virginia on Thursday backed off efforts to take sexually explicit photos of a 17-year-old to prove a sexting case against him. Full Story

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Convicted spy Arthur Walker dies in federal prison

Thu Jul 10, 2014

Arthur Walker, a retired Navy lieutenant convicted in 1985 for his role in a spy ring, has died in prison. He was 79. Full Story

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The daiquiri: Steeped in D.C. history, not red dye

Fri Jul 11, 2014

A frozen, red, sugary drink with an umbrella? That's not a daiquiri. Uncovering the myths and the history of summer's darling drink. Full Story

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Johns Hopkins researchers discover designer insecticide

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say they have found a new way to target insects in an environmentally safe way. Full Story

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Uber driver flees inspector, takes passengers for wild ride

Thu Jul 10, 2014

Tuesday afternoon an Uber driver took several passengers for a wild ride after the driver fled a D.C. taxi inspector and traveled into Virginia. Full Story

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2 hurt in Prince George's County crash

Fri Jul 11, 2014

A man is battling life-threatening injuries after a single-vehicle crash in Prince George's County. Full Story

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Steelers' Tomlin heads home to Va. with NFL players

Fri Jul 11, 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is heading home to Virginia, followed by an all-star roster of NFL players with Hampton Roads roots. Full Story

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Thunderstorm causes damage, injures 10 in VB

Thu Jul 10, 2014

The Virginia Beach Fire Department says a severe thunderstorm injured 10 people near the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. Full Story

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MCPS to roll out 40,000 laptops, tablets to classrooms

Fri Jul 11, 2014

MCPS on Thursday announced an initiative that would eventually bring 40,000 laptops and tablets to students in classrooms at all schools around the county. Full Story

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Transportation officials warn of E-ZPass scams

Thu Jul 10, 2014

A new phishing scam is targeting E-ZPass users along the East Coast, including drivers who live in Maryland and Virginia. Full Story

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Falls Church housing hot, rest of Washington not so much

Thu Jul 10, 2014

Georgetown may be Washington's most expensive neighborhood, but Falls Church City remains the metro's most expensive jurisdiction and Falls Church prices continue to rise. Full Story