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New Terrorism Alert Presented To Local Leaders

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For nine years, the government has relied on the color-coded terrorism alert system, a system that some say was ambiguous at best.

The new system has only two threat levels -- "elevated" and "imminent" -- and it promises more specific details on actual threats.

The Department of Homeland Security heard from local leaders. Merni Fitzgerald with Fairfax County talked about the importance of getting out one simple message.

"During a time of stress, people can only take in a certain amount of information what should they do, where can they go," she says.

Charles Marino with the Department of Homeland Security says the messages will be specific.

"If we can do it without jeopardizing ongoing investigations and sources, we hope to provide details that will be specific and effective," he says.

Local governments will forward the alerts through websites and social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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'Baskets' Takes Zach Galifianakis From French Clown School To The Rodeo Ring

The comic, who plays a rodeo clown in his new FX comedy series, says he is "not creeped out by clowns." Galifianakis is also the creator of the Emmy Award-winning web comedy series Between Two Ferns.
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Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

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Does "Made in DC" Matter?

D.C.'s first bean-to-bar chocolate maker, Undone Chocolate, got its start in local food incubator space Union Kitchen, part of a wave of interest in locally made products which includes a push for a "Made in DC" logo.

NPR

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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