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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says it's improving worker safety through new rules, training and consequences for those who violate safety procedures. Acting Chief Safety Officer Michael Taborn told the transit system's board of directors Thursday that several changes are in the works.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Zoo says 4-year-old panda Tai Shan is headed to a panda base in Sichuan, China, next week. He's scheduled to fly to China on Feb. 4. A goodbye party is set for Saturday at the zoo. The last day of public viewing is Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) Data from the Metro Transit Police show crime is up slightly in the rail and bus system it oversees. There were 1,791 major crimes reported between January and November 2009, with robbery, larceny and car theft making up the bulk of that.

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