Red Line riders, take heed. There will be major single tracking through the weekend as Metro seeks to address chronic issues on the Northwest part of the line.

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McAuliffe Close To 'Flunking Out' On Environmental Issues, Groups Say

A coalition of four environmental said that after two years in office, the Virginia governor's environmental record deserves a "D+" grade.

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With Focus On Safety, Transportation Secretary Foxx Overhauls Metro Board

Mort Downey, Harriet Tregoning and Anthony Giancola are being replaced on Metro's board of directors — part of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx's effort to overhaul the transit agency's day-to-day operations.

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Metro Announces 'Maintenance Surge' Along Red Line Through Weekend

Red Line riders, take heed. There will be major single tracking through the weekend as Metro seeks to address chronic issues on the Northwest part of the line.

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At A Time Of Near-Constant Bad News For Metro, Why Has The WMATA Riders' Union Gone Silent?

The volunteer advocacy group advocating for Metro riders is on hiatus at a time of turmoil for the transit agency. Reporter Martin Di Caro talks to the leadership of the group to find out why.

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Why Are Weather Geeks Talking About Snow Measurement Right Now? The Capital Weather Gang Explains

The National Weather Service released a report this week that is an "indictment of the current system" for how the National Weather Service and Federal Aviation Administration measure snowfall totals, according to the Capital Weather Gang at The Washington Post. Forecaster Angela Fritz talks about the controversy.

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Keeping Bees Safe: It's A Ruff Job, But This Doggy Detective Gets It Done

Mack is the newest addition to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's apiary inspection team. He uses his superior sniffer to find hives infected with a contagious disease that kills bee colonies.
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Coalition Asks Mayor To Make Big Changes To D.C. Homeless Shelter Plan

A coalition of close to five-dozen social justice organizations is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to make a number of significant changes to her plan to replace the troubled homeless shelter at D.C. General with seven smaller, neighborhood-based shelters.
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Supreme Court May Be Leaning Toward Voiding Ex-Va. Governor's Corruption Conviction

The core issue is how to determine a clean "official act" from a corrupt one, and where the line is. Oral arguments underscored how difficult it is to come up with a workable standard.
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Trump Rally In Southern California Is Scene Of Large Counterprotest, Arrests

Hundreds of protesters filled the streets outside the Pacific Amphitheater, where Donald Trump spoke as his presidential campaign gets rolling ahead of California's June primary.
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One Last Push In Congress To Change Punishment For Drug Crimes This Year

A bipartisan group of Senators is making one last push to overhaul the way drug criminals are punished before Capitol Hill shuts down this year.
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North Korean Court Sentences American To Prison Term

Now sentenced to 10 years in prison and hard labor over espionage charges, Kim Dong-chul, 62, is reportedly a former resident of Fairfax, Va.
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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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For State Department's LGBTI Envoy, Every Country Is A Different Challenge

Randy Berry says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide, but is also aware of risks they face. That was driven home with the killing of a gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh.

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Syria Hospital Bombing: Are The Rules Of War Breaking Down?

The destruction of a hospital in Aleppo is part of a disturbing trend. And it's not just happening in Syria.
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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.