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WASHINGTON (AP) The number of foreclosure filings in the Washington area ticked up less than 2 percent in 2009. The online foreclosure-tracking company RealtyTrac says filings in the area increased to about 56,300 from about 55,400.

WASHINGTON (AP) Gay couples likely will be able to apply March 2 for marriage licenses in the nation's capital. That's the day the city now projects a bill it passed last month legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect. They won't be able to marry on that day because of a waiting period.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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