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Four stabbed in downtown D.C.

D.C. police were searching for two men Sunday after an overnight quarrel in Northwest Washington left five people injured.

The Metropolitan Police Department said the fight broke out just after 1 a.m. Sunday on the 1400 block of L Street NW.

Authorities said four people were stabbed with a fifth person suffering other injuries. All were transported to area hospitals and are expected to survive.

Police were looking for two assailants: a black male and a Hispanic male, both with light complexions and armed with knives.

One dead, one hurt in P.G house fire

A Maryland man died and his wife was hospitalized Sunday after a fire at the couple's Oxon Hill home.

The Prince George's County Fire Department said authorities responded to the pre-dawn blaze at the one-story, single-family home on the 5100 block of Boulder Drive just before 5:30 a.m.

Firefighters rescued a man, 50, from the home, and took him to a hospital for treatment of severe burns and smoke inhalation. He later died of his injuries at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Fire officials have not released the victim's name.

The man's wife was also taken to a hospital with symptoms of smoke inhalation; authorities said she was in fair condition and expected to survive.

Investigators said their preliminary probe indicated a kerosene-powered space heater was involved in causing the fire, though they had not made a final determination of the incident's origins. Losses associated with the fire, which authorities said took about 30 firefighters to extinguish, are estimated at $50,000.SClBSClBMd. police arrest three in DUI sweep

Police in Prince George's County said they arrested three people on Saturday night for drunken driving.

The arrests were part of a coordinated Thanksgiving week operation to combat drunken driving, which police said kills someone every 57 hours in Maryland.

Police staged the operation along University Boulevard and also issued 63 tickets for speeding and other infractions.

-- Alan Blinder

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