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Former D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt, who oversaw the response to riots in Mt. Pleasant in 1991, today drew comparisons between what happened in D.C. and what's happening in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Maureen McDonnell Didn't Give Special Treatment To Star Scientific, Witness Testifies

A defense witness in the corruption trail against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, says the former first lady often traveled the state promoting state businesses, countering the notion she gave special treatment to the company at the heart of the corruption trial.
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U.S. Supreme Court Puts Same-Sex Marriages In Virginia On Hold

With only hours until same-sex couples in Virginia could start getting married, the U.S. Supreme Court today intervened to put any unions on hold until justices could review a challenge from a county clerk in Prince William County.
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Hoping To Stop D.C. From Going To Pot, Opposition Emerges To Legalization Vote

A 24-year-old D.C. resident has launched a movement to oppose a ballot initiative that would legalize possession of marijuana in D.C.
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IRS Seizes Financial Records For Park Southern Apartment Buildings In D.C.

A troubled housing complex that is becoming an issue in D.C.'s upcoming mayoral election had its records seized by the IRS as part of an apparent federal investigation into its finances.

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Deported From U.S., Honduran Immigrants Return To Death And Terror

"We have been warning policy makers in the administration about exactly this," says immigration attorney Sheena Wadhawan. "To expedite removal is to deny due process, and to deport these children back to the conditions from which they're running means certain death."
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Silver Line Service Draws Mixed Reviews From Virginia Commuters

It's been three weeks since the start of Silver Line service and while some applaud the opening of the line into Northern Virginia, many regular commuters still aren't happy about longer, more expensive rides to work.

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Redskins Players Show Solidarity With Ferguson

Members of the Washington Redskins waded into a political controversy last night. But this one had nothing to do with the fight over the team's name.
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In D.C., Your Bundle Of Joy Costs Of A Bundle Of Money

The average cost of raising a child in the U.S. hit $245,340 last year, though it was significantly higher in D.C.
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Supreme Court Steps In To Put Hold On Va. Same-Sex Marriage Licences

The Supreme Court has stayed a Virginia court's ruling which ended the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
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Rights Of Protesters, Media Misunderstood In Ferguson

Authorities in the Missouri city are barring protesters and the media from recording their actions, arresting photographers and reporters and insisting that marchers walk instead of stay in one place.
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NYPD Chokehold Death Will Go To Grand Jury, Prosecutor Says

Eric Garner died last month when, as police arrested him in Staten Island, an officer placed him in a chokehold while several others pinned him to the ground.
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U.S. Authenticates Video Of Militants Beheading American Journalist

A video in which the extremist group the Islamic State claims to execute American journalist James Foley is authentic, according to U.S. intelligence analysts. Foley was abducted in Syria in 2012.
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In Liberia, An Ebola Quarantine Descends Into Riots

After the Liberian government ordered a quarantine of one of the poorest neighborhoods in its capital, Monrovia, residents there woke up to find themselves cut off from the rest of the city by security forces. By midday, the neighborhood was in riot.
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Militants Behead American Journalist, Leveling New Threats At U.S.

The group known as the Islamic State has fired its first violent salvo against the U.S. The group declared that the beheading is a retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.
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Israel's Netanyahu Vows 'A Continuous Campaign' Against Hamas

The comments come a day after a truce collapsed, leading to the resumption of rocket fire against Israel and Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip. At least 20 Palestinians have been killed since then.
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Urban Farms Build Resilience Within Singapore's Fragile Food System

Tiny Singapore imports almost all of its food. From gardens on deserted car parks to vertical farms in the vanishing countryside, a movement is afoot to help boost its agricultural production.