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  • Gas leak prompts brief closure of National Zoo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo in Washington says it's reopening after a gas leak in an administrative building prompted a brief closure. The zoo says no animals were affected by the incident Friday morning. The attraction closed at about 10:30 a.m. and gradually reopened, starting with...

  • Holder says DC should have voting rights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder says District of Columbia residents deserve representation in Congress. Holder mentioned the District's lack of representation in prepared remarks for a speech Friday at a Congressional Black Caucus gathering on voting rights. Holder...

  • 'Daily Show' airs controversial Redskins segment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" has aired a controversial segment pitting Washington Redskins fans against a group of American Indians who want the team to change its mascot. Before airing the segment Thursday, Stewart told viewers that although the fans, all from Virginia,...

  • Van Hollen to attend lab complex dedication

    ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Rep. Chris Van Hollen is scheduled to attend the dedication of the Food and Drug Administration's biodefense lab complex. It's scheduled for Friday morning at the White Oak Headquarters. Van Hollen has been a supporter of the FDA consolidation process.

  • Kennedy Center to feature Questlove, Black Thought

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Questlove and Black Thought from The Roots are performing at the Kennedy Center this weekend to celebrate the winners of a national spoken word competition. D.C. hip-hop artist Gabriel "Asheru" Benn will host the free concert Sunday at 6 p.m. It will also feature Hill Harper...

  • South Capitol Street Bridge to close for testing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia transportation officials say the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge will be closed for a few hours this weekend for routine testing. Officials say the bridge, also called the South Capitol Street Bridge, will be closed on Sunday from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m....

  • DC Council to examine small business spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember says city agencies aren't spending enough money on small, local businesses as required by law. Councilmember Vincent Orange will hold a hearing on Friday to press city officials on why agencies haven't met their goals for giving contracts to local...

  • Report: Officer justified in teen's fatal shooting

    LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — A state police investigation has found that a Purcellville officer was justified in fatally shooting a teenager armed with a knife. At a press conference Thursday, Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney released a Virginia State Police report into the May 24 shooting of...

  • Outgoing DC mayor nominates new inspector general

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A 26-year Navy veteran and longtime internal Navy watchdog has been nominated to serve as the District of Columbia's new inspector general. Mayor Vincent Gray announced the nomination of Daniel Lucas on Thursday. Lucas will have to be confirmed by the D.C. Council, which...

  • Hub Network becoming Discovery Family Channel

    PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel next month and will include more family-oriented programs in the evenings while maintaining its children's content during the day. Silver Spring, Maryland-based Discovery Communications Inc. will have a 60 percent...

  • Turf restoration work continues on National Mall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is starting the second phase of a restoration project to allow grass to grow on the National Mall. The agency says work is beginning between 7th and 12th streets. Grass panels and walkways across the mall will be closed to pedestrians in the area. The...

  • Police: Body found is former DC treasurer

    CHILLUM, Md. (AP) — Police have confirmed that a body found in a Prince George's County park is that of former District of Columbia treasurer Lasana Mack. Mack's body was found Saturday in a park in Chillum. Metropolitan police said Tuesday that they suspected the body was Mack. Prince...

  • Arlington approves installing school bus cameras

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Arlington County Board has voted to install video cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass stopped buses as they pick up or drop off children. The board unanimously approved the measure at its Tuesday meeting. It will go into effect Feb. 1 to give county...

  • Man arrested in shooting death of DC mom of 4

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say they've arrested a man in the shooting death a District of Columbia mother of four. Metro police said late Wednesday that they arrested 33-year-old Raheem Jones of Northeast Washington and charged him with murder. It's unclear whether he has an attorney. Police...

  • DC man gets 9.5 years in Md. armed robberies

    GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A District of Columbia man has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison stemming from two armed robberies in Prince George's County. Twenty-eight-year-old Gregory Evans pleaded guilty to conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery and brandishing a firearm...



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