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WASHINGTON (AP) A federal board has ordered the reinstatement of a U.S. Park Police chief who was fired in 2004 after complaining publicly that her department was understaffed and underfunded. Dave Barna, spokesman for National Park Service, says the agency is reviewing the decision.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. fire official says eight people have been taken to area hospitals after a van carrying special needs passengers crashed in the 3rd Street Tunnel. Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital in serious condition yesterday but there were no life-threatening injuries.

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is throwing his support behind interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to keep the job permanently. In an interview Monday with The Washington Post, Duncan says Henderson should stick with the job for the next 10 years.

WASHINGTON (AP) Authorities say a freshman student has fallen from a tall building on the campus of Georgetown University. Georgetown spokeswoman Julie Bataille says 18-year-old Michelle Konkoly of Eagleville, Pennsylvania, accidentally fell from her fifth floor residence hall room window early yesterday.

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