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WASHINGTON (AP) A Washington consultant has been indicted for allegedly conspiring to violate U.S. economic sanctions against Sudan. A federal indictment unsealed today says Robert Cabelly brokered business contracts and transactions benefiting Sudan without the approval of the U.S. government.

WASHINGTON (AP) Take the terms "bride" and "groom" off D.C. marriage licenses and replace them with the word "spouse." That's one change being suggested as supporters and opponents of a proposed bill to allow same-sex marriage in Washington take a hard look at the bill's language.

WASHINGTON (AP) The Coast Guard says holding a training exercise near the Pentagon on Sept. 11 this year was ill-advised, but didn't violate agency policies. The incident spooked the capital, sent FBI agents to the scene and grounded some flights from Reagan National Airport.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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