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New charges in FRC shooting

A Herndon man accused of shooting a security guard at the conservative Family Research Council in downtown Washington has been indicted on new charges, including committing an act of terrorism.

Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, becomes the first defendant charged with committing an act of terrorism under the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. The charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Corkins has been in custody since the Aug. 15 shooting. Prosecutors say Corkins brought in a bag full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches and told the guard, Leo Johnson, that he didn't like the organization's politics before opening fire. Johnson survived the shooting and helped wrestle away the gun.

NW deaths ruled murder-suicide

The medical examiner's office has ruled that two men found dead in a Northwest Washington home in August were killed in a homicide-suicide.

The men's deaths were caused by acute phenobarbital intoxication, the medical examiner said. Phenobarbital is a medicine used to control seizures and relieve anxiety.

The death of Mesfin Nega was ruled a homicide and that of Shimelis Yegazu, 38, was ruled a suicide, police said.

In May 2006, Nega had been beaten nearly to death outside an Adams Morgan nightclub and was left paralyzed. Yegazu helped organize a fundraiser and take care of Nega.

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