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WASHINGTON (AP) Pepco waited until hours after other utilities to call for reinforcements during this week's winter storm, not asking for help until Wednesday night conference call. Today, Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski sent a letter to Pepco's CEO expressing frustration at the continued outages.

WASHINGTON (AP) More than 90,000 customers in the Washington region are still without power following the first major snow storm the winter season, and weather officials say more snow is on the way. Pepco says this morning, 8,300 customers were without power in Washington.

WASHINGTON (AP) A liberal group is calling for Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough to step down, and the board of the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum is complaining that Clough bowed to political pressure in removing a video from an exhibit. He became the target of a censorship debate after he removed a video depicting ants crawling on a crucifix from a National Portrait Gallery exhibit.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the death of a 21-month-old. A jury convicted Jonathan Austin of felony murder with aggravating circumstances and first-degree child cruelty in the death of Ronjai Butler, his girlfriend's son.

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