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WASHINGTON (AP) National Zoo and Chinese conservation officials have signed a deal extending the stay of Washington's two beloved pandas. The $2.75 million deal was signed today by the Smithsonian National Zoo and China Wildlife Conservation Association

WASHINGTON (AP) Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is leaving the board of the Washington Post Company Buffett, whose company Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated owns 1.7 million Washington Post shares, first joined the Post's board in 1974, and except for one eight-year break he has remained on the board since then.

WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Obama is marking the second anniversary of her husband's inauguration by surprising visitors to the White House. The first lady, along with dog Bo, is greeting visitors who are taking public tours of the White House today.

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'Getting On' Star Niecy Nash: 'I Never Wanted To Be Funny'

Nash says it took her a long time to see her comedic side as a gift, but she finally embraced it. Now her role as Nurse Didi in the HBO comedy series has opened the door to more serious opportunities.
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Hops Coming Home: Loudoun County To Add Hop Production Facility

The first commercial-scale hop production and processing facility in the region is being planned out in Loudoun County, further adding to the region's burgeoning beer business.

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Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.
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Marine Corps Finds It Tough To Shut Down Sexist Facebook Groups

Female Marines are being humiliated and generally degraded by their peers on Facebook. The groups' pages are frequently shut down, but return within days due to a dedicated following.

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