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WASHINGTON (AP) President Ronald Reagan's handwritten changes to his "Evil Empire"' speech, his correspondence with Mikhail Gorbachev and a bronze cast of Moscow's Kremlin from the Soviet leader are going on rare public view at the National Archives. The items will be on view on Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) A former aide to Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran has been sentenced to 75 days in a halfway house and 75 days of home detention in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal after swapping legislative favors for more than $25,000 in event tickets and other gifts. A judge said Ann Copland had corrupted the public trust and that her sentence should serve as a deterrent to others.

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington shoppers have spent approximately $2 million on paper and plastic bags in the past year. The city's five-cent tax on bags began last January, but consumers spent much less pocket change than predicted to pay for bags from grocery, liquor and convenience stores.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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