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A once-spacious Loudoun County area tries to deal with traffic tie-ups

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Back around 2000, those living in South Riding, Brambleton, Arcola and Stoneridge didn't have to worry about traffic. In 2014, it's a daily part of their lives. Full Story

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American U. investigates fraternity's offensive emails

Tue Apr 22, 2014

Emails and text messages that included talk about raping women and doing drugs, as well as racist, sexist and homophobic language, have prompted an investigation at American University. Full Story

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Va. toll road could cost $500m, not be built

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- A proposed toll road championed by former Gov. Bob McDonnell might not be built but still cost taxpayers $400 million to $500 million. Full Story

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Is it getting harder to make ends meet?

Wed Apr 23, 2014

The U.S. middle class has for years been the most affluent in the world. But that's no longer the case. Full Story

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Police need information on serial groper in Bailey's Crossroads

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Following several recent attacks at busy shopping centers, the Fairfax County Police Department is asking for the public's help. Full Story

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Police: Man pulls machete on dog bite victim

Wed Apr 23, 2014

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Police to step up festival traffic enforcement

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- Police are planning a one-day traffic safety enforcement blitz during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. Full Story

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Washington Nationals' Zach Walters has 'Frozen' at-bat songs

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Washington Nationals' Zachary Walters is not bashful about his love of the Disney animated movie "Frozen." In fact, he is using it to help him get pumped up at games. Full Story

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Partial Beltway closure starting Wednesday night

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Road work will close three lanes on the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway starting Wednesday night, for the next two evenings. Full Story

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Singer Chris Brown's DC trial delayed for months

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- Singer Chris Brown's trial on an assault charge was put on hold for months Wednesday after prosecutors declined to grant immunity to his bodyguard, who would be a key witness in the case. Full Story

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Twilight Tattoo showcases US military pageantry

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- Soldiers from a half-dozen ceremonial Army units in Washington are polishing their moves in preparation for another season of musical extravaganzas highlighting the history of the U.S. military. Full Story

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Redskins' Snyder says team name is 'not an issue'

Tue Apr 22, 2014

- Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. Full Story

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Judge orders Severance back to Va.; appeal likely

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Charles Severance, the man wanted for questioning in connection with 3 unsolved homicides in Alexandria, will be extradited to Virginia to face a gun charge in Loudoun County. Full Story

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Pop this in your mouth: Mars sues Hershey over similar sounding candy name, packaging

Wed Apr 23, 2014

Call it the candy wars, round three: This time Mars Inc. is going after rival Hershey over chocolate-covered malt balls, all-red packaging and a missing letter "s." Full Story

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USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane's pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill. Full Story

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Topgolf Dulles estimates 450K visitors in first year of operation

Wed Apr 23, 2014

The planned Loudoun County Topgolf will employ 120 people full time and attract upward of 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation, the company said Wednesday. Full Story

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Baker promises to make Prince George's Co. more competitive

Wed Apr 23, 2014

In his State of the County address before business and community leaders, County Executive Rushern Baker said the county has built a solid foundation and is now ready to "take it to the next level." Full Story

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Woman pleads guilty to $144K theft from nonprofit

Wed Apr 23, 2014

- Prosecutors say a 34-year-old Maryland woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $144,000 from an education nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C., where she worked in accounting. Full Story