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Bill For Federal Subway Standards Sponsored By Local Senators

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Some members of the region's Congressional delegation introduced legislation to set federal standards after Metro's fatal Red Line crash in 2009. They say 14 million passengers ride subway systems every day, but it's the only mode of transportation without federal oversight and enforcement.

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner of Virginia and Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland are cosponsoring the latest version of the legislation.

It would give the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the authority to develop and implement safety regulations, ranging from crash-worthiness standards to rules governing time off to ensure adequate sleep for conductors.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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