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WASHINGTON (AP) A spending plan Congress is working on to fund the federal government through September does not currently include $150 million that Metro had been promised to improve safety. Yesterday an amendment to restore the funding was killed by Republicans.

WASHINGTON (AP) A reception will be held next month in Washington to help the 2012 election campaign of the Arizona congresswoman who is recovering after being shot in a shooting rampage in Tuscon. The March 15th event will be held by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' congressional friends.

WASHINGTON (AP) Historical papers, photographs and other documents from Ben's Chili Bowl were placed on view today at George Washington University's Africana Research Center. The popular diner has been a fixture in Washington's African-American community for more than a half-century.

WASHINGTON (AP) The D.C. Council will consider a bill that would allow women to get birth-control pills directly from a pharmacist, not a doctor. Council member David Catania says the bill is intended to expand access to contraception without the burden and cost of doctor's visits.

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