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Fatberg Ahoy! How Pouring Cooking Grease Down The Drain Hurts D.C. Sewers

Think twice before you pour the grease from your holiday turkey down the drain: it contributes to the creation of "fatbergs" that can clog pipes and send sewage back into your home.

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Final Tests Start On D.C. Streetcar, But No Date Yet For Passenger Service

The District’s top transportation official says streetcars along H Street and Benning Road Northeast have entered their final testing phase, but it remains to be seen if passenger service can start before Mayor Vincent Gray's term ends.
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D.C. Council Approves Bill Allowing Residents To Carry Concealed Handguns

The D.C. Council on Wednesday gave final approval to a bill allowing residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry licenses.
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So Long, April: D.C. Council Approves Change To Primary Election Date

The date of the District's local primary election is changing — again.
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D.C. Attorney General-Elect Says City Has 'Room' To Pursue Pot Legalization

The District's first elected attorney general is hinting that a recent spending bill passed by Congress may not doom the city's marijuana legalization ballot initiative after all.
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Hogan Cabinet Appointments Announced In Annapolis

Maryland governor-elect Larry Hogan will announce some of his cabinet appointments today, but there's no early indication which positions he will fill.

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Mental Health Policy Recommendations In Virginia Get Key Endorsement

Proposed reforms to the way emergency care is handled for mental health crises got a boost this week from a Virginia legislative panel formed in the wake of the suicide of the son of State Sen. Creigh Deeds.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.
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Senate Adjourns, GOP To Take Over In January

The adjournment brought the 113th Congress to a formal close. Democrat Harry Reid ended his run as majority leader, as Republicans take control of the Senate next month.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Dec. 17

You can journey under the sea with a Disney musical or stay on dry land with an art exhibit that’s all about plant life.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he was shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.
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For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.
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On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.