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WASHINGTON (AP) After a monthlong trial, jurors have begun deliberations in the Chandra Levy murder trial. Ingmar Guandique (gwahn-DEE-kay) is facing murder charges in the 2001 disappearance and death of Levy.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. fire officials say the Brentwood and Brookland areas of northeast Washington were hardest hit by storms that battered the region overnight. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Pete Piringer says the storm that hit the area early this morning took down trees in places around the city, but that neighborhoods along Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood Road and Eastern Avenue saw the most damage.

WASHINGTON (AP) A task force says Metro's decades-old governance structure is dragging the transit agency down and has to change. In a report released today, the task force says area leaders and industry experts believe the structure has contributed to Metro's deterioration in recent years.

WASHINGTON (AP) Giant Food is slashing the number of days Salvation Army bell ringers can raise money outside of its grocery stores, despite the tough economy. Giant's new policy limits the bell ringing to four hours a day over 12 days this year. Officials say it allows better access to other nonprofits.

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