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Virginia Justices To Decide How Much About The Death Penalty Should Be Public

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday about the death penalty. But they won't be debating whether it's right or wrong — but rather how much the public should know about it.
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Scientology-Related Drug Center Blocked By Frederick County Council

The Trout Run resort will not become a Narconon facility. The lone dissenter on the council said the involvement of Scientology "clouded" his colleagues' judgment on the matter.

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What If Pepco Was Replaced With A City-Owned Electric Utility?

While the D.C. Council weighs the merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco, one D.C. Council member wants to study the feasability of a municipally-owned utility a la Seattle or Los Angeles.

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Most Commuter Rails Won't Meet Deadline For Mandated Safety Systems

Most commuter trains are several years away from implementing Positive Train Control system to prevent derailment. With Americans taking 490 million commuter rail trips last year, the stakes are high.
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NTSB, Amtrak Heads Testify Before Congress On Philadelphia Derailment

Three weeks after the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and the head of Amtrak testified Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
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Senate Approves USA Freedom Act, After Amendments Fail

"It protects civil liberties and our national security," President Obama says. "I'll sign it as soon as I get it."

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Pro-Warren Group Disbands, As Senator Splits Again With Obama

A group pushing Elizabeth Warren to run for president moves on and "declares victory" in advancing her positions. But Warren is already on to new fights.
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Who's The Candidate Of The Future?

People always say they want change in elections, but who represents that change? A new poll sheds some light on who does — and who does not.
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 2, 2015

You can see an exhibit paired with its ornate inspiration. Works made with a special technique are on view at a local museum.

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A Tome For Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador

Gaston Acurio is the world's premiere cheerleader for Peruvian cuisine, and he has just written a cookbook. It features 500 recipes from around the country — including more than 20 kinds of ceviche.
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The White House Has A New Visitor, And It's Got Feathers

Politicians in Washington currently have an actual hawk in their neighborhood.
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As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Global sturgeon populations are collapsing — most notably in Russia, where caviar is known as black gold. That's fueling a market for illegal caviar and driving poachers to the Columbia River.