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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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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
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D.C.'s Public Schools Select New Lunch Providers

D.C. Public Schools is abandoning longtime school food provider Chartwells in the wake of allegations of poor food quality and fraud and moving forward with new vendors for 2016. But, questions remain about the selection process and future oversight.

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Creating A D.C. State Constitution

We explore the historic process of crafting a constitution for D.C. statehood nearly three decades after the last attempt, and find out how drafters are preparing for the June constitutional convention.

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Online Eye Exam Site Makes Waves In Eye Care Industry

Need a vision test? Now you can do it online with a computer and a smartphone. The site has attracted a lot of attention in the tech world, but eye care professionals have concerns.

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