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WASHINGTON (AP) Federal researchers say partially replacing lead water pipes in thousands of Washington homes did not reduce the risk of elevated blood lead levels. DC officials says monitoring shows most homes don't have any lead problems.

WASHINGTON (AP) The former treasurer of a Republican political committee has been ordered to spend three years in prison for stealing party funds. Christopher J. Ward was sentenced to 37 months in prison and ordered to pay back $844,000 that prosecutors say he embezzled.

WASHINGTON (AP) Incoming governors elected in the fall have met with President Barack Obama in Washington to talk about budgets and other issues of common concern. The leaders say they also held amicable talks on health care reform.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. nightclub that was closed by police after a man died in an incident involving the bar's co-owner and four others is set to reopen. A spokeswoman for the governing board of the city's Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration says the DC9 club will reopen Dec. 15 under several conditions.

WASHINGTON (AP) An attorney says a woman accused of throwing her granddaughter several stories from an elevated walkway outside a northern Virginia mall has a history of mental illness. The deputy public defender says authorities are exploring 50-year-old Carmela Dela Rosa's mental health. She is charged with murder.

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