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LAS VEGAS (AP) Police are investigating the disappearance of a woman in Las Vegas who at one time was an ambassador for the Washington Redskins. Detectives are looking for leads to locate 31-year-old Deborah Flores-Narvaez who was last seen December 12th leaving her apartment. She served the Redskins in 2007.

WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. police Chief Cathy Lanier is dismissing an FBI report that says violent crime has risen in Washington. Lanier says the city's calculations show a seven percent decrease in violent crime in contrast to the seven percent increase from the federal agency's data.

WASHINGTON (AP) FBI crime statistics show violent crime has risen in Washington by seven percent in the first half of 2010, amid falling crime rates elsewhere in the country. A preliminary report says the nation's capital had more than 4,000 violent crimes in the first half of the year.

WASHINGTON (AP) The District of Columbia has seen its first population growth in 60 years based on 2010 Census data, surpassing the milestone of 600,000 residents. Washington's population had been declining since the suburban flight in the 1950s until this turnaround fueled by a real estate boom and the federal government's expansion after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) An anti-capital punishment group says more than 40 execution dates were stayed this year. Many were delayed because of continuing problems with the process of lethal injections.

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