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  • Maryland Zoo euthanizes beloved aging giraffe

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland Zoo has euthanized a beloved, hand-raised giraffe that had been struggling with age-related medical issues for months. Officials at the Baltimore zoo say they euthanized 17-year-old Angel on Tuesday. The zoo's chief veterinarian says Angel has had leg and back...

  • McAuliffe energy plan for Va. makes debut

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe's energy vision for Virginia is stressing a familiar "all of the above" strategy that promotes greater use of renewable generation, efficiency and traditional sources of energy. The thick planning document was released Wednesday. In a cover letter,...

  • NASA postpones rocket launch from Va. facility

    WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — The launch of a Department of Defense rocket from Virginia's Eastern Shore has been postponed. NASA had planned to launch the Terrier-Lynx suborbital rocket early Wednesday morning. The space agency says in a news release that the launch has been rescheduled for Oct....

  • Teen beaten at Six Flags undergoes skull surgery

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A 15-year-old boy critically injured at Six Flags America during the first night of its Halloween event, Fright Fest, has undergone surgery on his skull and is in a coma. The teen was beaten outside the Upper Marlboro park Saturday in brawls that witnesses described...

  • Original manuscript of US anthem visits Mt. Vernon

    MOUNT VERNON, Va. (AP) — Francis Scott Key's original handwritten manuscript of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is making its first visit to Virginia to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. The Maryland Historical Society is loaning the original manuscript to George Washington's...

  • Va. man gets 12 years in near-fatal DC sex assault

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in what prosecutors say was a sexual assault that was so violent, it nearly killed the victim. Jose Santos Jr. of Falls Church, Virginia, was sentenced in federal court in the District of Columbia on Tuesday. A jury found...

  • Bedford mother-son deaths ruled murder-suicide

    EVINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police say the deaths of a Bedford County woman and her son have been ruled a murder-suicide. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that 73-year-old Ruby Laughon died from multiple gunshot wounds. Her son, 48-year-old Brent Laughon, died from a single...

  • Decriminalized pot in Md., yoga tax in DC now law

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of new laws went into effect Wednesday for the District of Columbia and Maryland. Now, getting caught with less than 10 grams of marijuana will be akin to getting a parking ticket. Instead of jail time, civil penalties will include $100 for a first offense, $250 for a...

  • Virginia teen charged with killing half-brother

    POUND, Va. (AP) — A Southwest Virginia teenager faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his half-brother. Wise County commonwealth's attorney Ron Elkins tells media outlets that the 15-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile. The shooting occurred Monday at the...

  • Police say 2 deaths in Potomac may be related

    POTOMAC, Md. (AP) — Montgomery County police say the deaths of two people around the same time in Potomac may be related. Police say firefighters first responded to a small house fire in the garage of a home around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. They put out the fire and found a dead woman inside. Shortly...

  • DC officers begin wearing body cameras

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the nation's capital will begin wearing cameras Wednesday to record them as they perform their duties and interact with the public. It's part of a $1 million pilot program that D.C. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier says will enhance safety for officers and the public...

  • Baltimore man gets 12 years for sex trafficking

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to forcing young women to work as prostitutes. Travis Lamont Foote pleaded guilty in Maryland federal court Tuesday as part of a plea agreement. Under the agreement, the 31-year-old Foote pleaded...

  • Metro to be available following post-season games

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro says fans attending post-season games at Nationals Park won't have to worry whether they can get back on Metro. Metro and American University announced a partnership Monday that will provide late-night rail service after the games. Under a normal schedule, the last...

  • 10 Virginia schools win US recognition

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten Virginia schools are being honored by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Each has been named a National Blue Ribbon school, signifying academic rigor and dramatic gains in student achievement. Seven public schools and three private schools are being recognized....

  • Southwest Va. county ID'd by anti-drug agency

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia's Tazewell (TAZ'-wehl) County has been designated a "high intensity drug trafficking area," which opens the door to federal resources to disrupt drug trafficking. The designation was announced Tuesday by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Tazewell County...



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