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What the polar vortex means for the stink bug population

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Many residents are holding out hope that the unusually cold, harsh winter reduced the number of ticks, stink bugs and other pests that will be buzzing and crawling around this summer. Full Story

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More toll lanes could be coming to the region's roads

Thu Apr 17, 2014

As the region makes a list of projects it hopes will become reality in the next decades, a conversation is beginning about adding toll lanes into Washington and elsewhere as well. Full Story

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FBI seeks suspect in Montgomery County, D.C. bank robberies (Photos)

Thu Apr 17, 2014

The FBI is seeking a man who they say is responsible for three bank robberies in the area and they are offering thousands of dollars for information that leads to his arrest. Full Story

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Answers about Maryland and Virginia drivers' licenses

Thu Apr 17, 2014

The Washington area is used to getting carded: federal buildings, downtown offices and military facilities -- all require some ID. Full Story

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Therapists use music as a tool to deliver treatment

Wed Apr 16, 2014

It's looks like a music lesson, but really, it's therapy. Music therapists deliver treatments through song and play. Full Story

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Emancipation Day 2014

Thu Apr 17, 2014

There were stars on the mikes and fireworks in the sky when Doug E. Fresh and Arrested Development helped celebrate Emancipation Day in the District on April 16 in Freedom Plaza. Full Story

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Hey fisherman: The snakeheads are back!

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Those wondering whether the cold winter would kill off the invasive northern snakehead fish, the answer is no. Full Story

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National Zoo names two baby animals

Thu Apr 17, 2014

A sloth bear cub and a seal pup at the National Zoo have new names, the zoo announced. Full Story

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Child abuse increasing in Montgomery County

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Each month since August of last year, a baby has died from child abuse in Montgomery County. It's prompting county health officials to reach out to parents, they say, may be unaware they're hurting their kids. Full Story

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Ospreys settle into traffic cam nest near bay bridge

Thu Apr 17, 2014

A pair of ospreys have decided to build their nest in front of a traffic cam above the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Full Story

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Singer Chris Brown's bodyguard on trial in DC

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to "get rich" as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said Thursday. 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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2 killed, 7 injured in Virginia Beach wreck

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- Virginia Beach police are investigating a traffic accident that killed two juveniles and injured seven other people. Full Story

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Rescue dogs, handlers heading home from Wash.

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Three Fairfax County rescue dogs and their handlers are heading home after two weeks searching for victims of a deadly mudslide in Washington state. Full Story

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4th Md. prison training veteran service dogs

Thu Apr 17, 2014

The medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown is becoming the fourth state prison where inmates who served in the military help train service dogs for disabled veterans. Full Story

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Va. man pleads guilty to bilking investors

Thu Apr 17, 2014

- A Harrisonburg man has pleaded guilty to charges of bilking more than $1 million from investors. Full Story