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WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal audit says the D.C. schools Head Start program does not have the capacity to manage and account for federal funds that it receives for the program. The review from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general found that the $13 million program could not account for more than $300,000 in administrative and training expenses between 2007 and 2009.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A report from the D.C. chief financial officer says the city faces a $175 million budget shortfall. The D.C. chief financial officer's latest revenue estimates for fiscal year 2011, which begins Friday, are down almost $100 million from his estimates in February.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An audit of the voting technology used in the District's primary election revealed small discrepancies between precinct scanners and hand ballot counts. The audit results announced yesterday showed discrepancies that are within the margin of differences allowed by law.

WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney says a Justice Department prosecutor who was part of the team that convicted Sen. Ted Stevens has killed himself. Attorney Robert Luskin says 37-year-old Nicholas Marsh committed suicide on Sunday amid an investigation into whether he and other prosecutors in the case against Stevens acted improperly.

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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 1

Art inspires art in these two musicals based on a movie and a painting, respectively.

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These 5 Crops Are Still Hand-Harvested, And It's Hard Work

Saffron, vanilla, palm oil, cacao and cottonseed oil are still picked by hand in some parts of the world. Sometimes that manual labor shows up in the price of the food; sometimes it doesn't.
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Jurors To Begin Considering McDonnell Case Tuesday

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen enters its sixth week this week — but with final arguments in the bag, it is now up to the jury to decide a verdict on 14 counts.

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X Prize Competition Could Make 'Tricorder' A Reality

Many Star Trek gadgets have made the journey from science fiction to real life. Arun Rath talks to Grant Campany about the X Prize Foundation's competition to bring the medical tricorder to life.

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