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WASHINGTON (AP) The Metro Riders Advisory Council hears will hear public comment tonight in a special meeting on the transit agency's new random bag search policy. Metro began conducting random inspections of passengers' bags at entrances to rail stations and bus bays last month.

WASHINGTON (AP) Homicides in the nation's capital have hit a 46-year low. D.C. police report that 131 people were slain in Washington in 2010 -- a 9 percent decrease from the 2009 total and the lowest since 1964.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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