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WASHINGTON (AP) Police are investigating an incident in which four District of Columbia elementary school students ingested cocaine that a classmate took to school. School officials say parents of students at Thomson Elementary School are being notified. Authorities say the four students were taken to a hospital and are doing well.

WASHINGTON (AP) A congressional committee that oversees the District of Columbia is investigating a complaint a formal mayoral candidate has made regarding Mayor Vincent Gray's office. Former candidate Sulaimon Brown told officials that he was promised a city job during last year's campaign but instead was fired from his city job after Gray became mayor.

WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says a vote by the U.S. House to end federal funding to National Public Radio could force local stations that rely on NPR programs to shut down. Republicans say that the move makes good fiscal sense.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Cherry Blossom Festival is planning a fundraiser walk at the Washington Monument in support of survivors and victims of last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Officials say the walk will be held on March 24th and will go around the Tidal Basin.

WASHINGTON (AP) The ACLU is condemning the military's treatment of the Army private suspected of giving classified material to WikiLeaks. The military has said repeatedly that Bradley Manning's treatment conforms to U.S. law and military regulations. He's confined to his cell 23 hours a day.

WASHINGTON (AP) Air travelers coming in and out of Reagan National and Dulles airports will be getting a taste of Ireland. The airports authority says it will have Irish dancers performing at both locations.

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington's Archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl (wurl), is celebrating Mass in honor of Saint Patrick. Today's mass is being held at St. Patrick's Church on Tenth St. in northwest Washington. Before Mass a bagpiper will play outside the church, and Irish dancers will perform at its conclusion.

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