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Woman with $10,692 toll lanes charge goes to court

Thu Oct 30, 2014

A Fairfax County woman who was charged more than $10,000 for 11 unpaid trips on the 495 Express Lanes went to court on Wednesday and won a partial victory over the company that operates the toll lanes. Full Story

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Study: Mislabeled shrimp at restaurants, grocers

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Ever thought that big, pink Gulf coast shrimp you ordered at the restaurant or bought from the store didn't taste juicy or salty enough? Full Story

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Ray Rice's wife, critics respond to offensive Halloween costume

Wed Oct 29, 2014

Most would never consider dressing up for Halloween as a victim of domestic violence but an emerging costume trend this holiday is drawing national attention for its bad taste. Full Story

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Md. man faces gets 20 years in girls' kidnapping

Thu Oct 30, 2014

A Prince George's County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in the kidnapping of two 6-year-old girls in separate incidents. Full Story

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Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. Full Story

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Woman admits to posing as physician's assistant

Wed Oct 29, 2014

An Annapolis woman has admitted to posing as a licensed physician's assistant and diagnosing and treating children. Full Story

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A stage full of performers show Arlington's Got Talent

Thu Oct 30, 2014

A stage became a friendly battleground Wednesday night at Leadership Arlington's third annual "Arlington's Got Talent" competition. Full Story

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When spirits talk: Receiving messages from beyond

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Inside an old shop in Frederick, Maryland, a medium delivers messages from the dead. WTOP's Rachel Nania shares her experience in a "spirit circle." Full Story

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Heiress leaves $40 million to Va. boarding school

Tue Oct 28, 2014

Officials at a small boarding school in northern Virginia hunt country were stunned to receive the largest-ever gift to a secondary girls' school: a $40 million bequest from a Standard Oil heiress who liked to drive around in an Oldsmobile station wagon. Full Story

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Animal shelters buck black cat superstitions, encourage adoptions

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Finding homes for black cats over the years was always tough for animal shelters, and October was the toughest month of all. Full Story

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Marine banned from Md. school after homework assignment dispute

Wed Oct 29, 2014

A Marine has been banned from a Charles County, Maryland school after a dispute over his daughter's World History class homework assignment. Full Story

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Va. judge: Cellphone pass codes protected

Thu Oct 30, 2014

A judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot be forced give authorities the pass code to his cellphone. Full Story

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High Heel Race hits the D.C. streets

Wed Oct 29, 2014

The annual 17th Street High Heel race features mostly men dressed in fantastic drag costumes who parade up and down part of 17th Street in Northwest before racing each other in heels that are required to be at least two inches high. Full Story

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Second upscale movie theater debuts in Bethesda

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Dinner and a movie may never be the same thanks to a second luxury theater opening in North Bethesda this weekend. Full Story

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DC man gets 18 years in rape of acquaintance

Thu Oct 30, 2014

A District of Columbia man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty in the rape of an acquaintance. Full Story

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Students watch as experiments turn to dust in rocket explosion

Wed Oct 29, 2014

A group of local college students watched the Antares rocket launch near Wallops Island Tuesday evening. They were hoping to send an experiment to the International Space Station. Full Story

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Some guardrails may pose a threat to cars

Thu Oct 30, 2014

Some guardrails on area roads are built with a potentially dangerous design that could allow them to impale crashing vehicles. Full Story