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WASHINGTON (AP) Metro says its 10-cent hike in rail and bus fare is only temporary. But don't expect any relief once the rate-hike period ends in June: Metro's board of directors is considering even steeper fare hikes come July to offset the transit agency's budget shortfall.

WASHINGTON (AP) Amtrak is going wireless with Internet access on all 20 of its Acela Express trains. The wireless service is free for now and is up and running on Acela trains serving the Washignton-to-Baltimore corridor and six major stations along the Northeast corridor.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Zoo is reporting the rare birth of two Andean bear cubs, the only surviving cubs of that species born in a North American zoo since 2005. The twins were born in January but won't go on public view until spring, though the zoo has set up a web camera.

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