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WASHINGTON (AP) Mayor Vincent Gray and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton say Congress should not treat local government as a federal agency. D.C. officials say a government shutdown would mean trash would not be collected, parking tickets would not be issued and about 14,000 District of Columbia employees would be furloughed.

WASHINGTON (AP) Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington say they are appealing a decision to cancel the parade in the event of a government shutdown. A federal budget official says that if there is a government shutdown, the parade would be canceled.

WASHINGTON (AP) For the first time, newly digitized Civil War records are being available online. The effort is from the National Archives and Ancestry.com. It will let people trace family links to the war between the North and the South.

WASHINGTON (AP) A leading hospice care provider in the Washington region says end-of-life care is severely underutilized by black people in the district compared with people of other races. The study was done by Capital Hospice, which will announce today that it's changing its name to Capital Caring.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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