News Archive - November 28, 2011

MPD Increases Patrols Around 'Occupy' Camps

Metro police are stepping up patrols near the Occupy DC and Stop the Machine camps in downtown D.C., citing increased petty crime and instances of public defecation.

Alleged White House Shooter To Get More Psych Tests

Prosecutors have filed a motion to perform additional psychiatric tests on alleged White House shooter Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, after initial tests found him competent to stand trial.

Virginia Gets DOT Funds For Road Repairs

The U.S. Department of Transportation is giving Virginia more than $2 million to compensate for damage to area roads and bridges suffered during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

The jury selection in the case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who's accused of using robocalls could begin later today.

National Zoo's Giant Octopus Needs A Name

What's in a name? The National Zoo is soliciting suggestions from younger area residents for their new giant octopus, which is not quite giant just yet.

Don't Toss That Turkey: Unilever Says Restaurants Need To Cut Waste

Up to now, food waste hasn't been a big priority for Unilever, though it's one of the central flaws in the global food system. Now, the company is realizing that it's a big concern among diners.

Woman Claims 13-Year Affair With Herman Cain; He Denies It

The accuser tells an Atlanta TV station that she had a physical relationship with the Republican presidential candidate for 13 years. Cain says that while the accuser was a "friend," their relationship was not sexual.

U.N. Accuses Syria of 'Crimes Against Humanity'

A report to U.N. human rights council accuses the Syrian army of murder, rape, torture and operating on a shoot-to-kill policy.

Johns Hopkins Facing Lawsuit Over 'Science City'

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Johns Hopskins' plans to turn a Gaithersburg, Md. farm into a "Science City" has drawn ire, and a lawsuit, from the former owners, who allege that the proposal represents a breach of their agreement.

Woman Says She Had A Long-Term Affair With Herman Cain

The woman told a local Fox station that she had a 13-year affair with Cain. In an interview with CNN, the Republican presidential candidate denied the accusations, saying he thought she "was a friend."

Capitol Christmas Tree Completes Cross-Country Trek

The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in D.C. Monday, after a 4,000-mile journey from its old home in Stanislaus National Forest in Northern California.

Airstrike Puts New Strains On U.S.-Pakistan Alliance

Barely a month ago, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Islamabad hoping to cement greater Pakistani cooperation. After Saturday's NATO attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, that kind of cooperation appeared to be on indefinite hold.

CQ Roll Call: Funding Bill Ends Soon, GOP Split On Payroll Tax, Unemployment

An agreement for handling the soon-to-end stopgap measure is not looking great, and Republicans are split over extending pay roll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.

Lana Peters, Stalin's Last Surviving Child, Has Died

Peters said the shadow of her father hung over her no matter where she went. "He broke my life," she said.

A Kiss No More: Oscar Wilde's Tomb Will Be Protected From Smooches

Since the '90s people have been leaving lipstick kisses on the tomb, but they were damaging the stone.

Barney Frank, Congress' Gay-Rights Pioneer, 'Not Retiring From Advocacy'

Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank says he decided not to seek re-election to a 17th term in 2012 because congressional redistricting would have given him a slew of new constituents and a difficult, expensive campaign."I think I would have won," Frank, 71, said during a Monday press conference in Massachusetts announcing his retirement. "But it would have been a tough campaign."

Reports: Urban Meyer Takes Ohio State Job

The coach led Florida to two national championships, then retired after the 2010 season. He's an Ohio native and began his coaching career as a graduate assistant with Ohio State.

Virginia Community College Offering Childcare

A Virginia Community College is offering childcare on the campus in hopes of encouraging younger mothers to continue their education.

5 Things You May Not Know About Mitt Romney

The former Massachusetts governor has been a public figure for much of his life. But there are still some things about the presidential candidate that may surprise you.

Capitals Fire Head Coach Bruce Boudreau

Bruce Boudreau's time with the Washington Capitals hockey team has come to an end, as the organization fired the head coach and hired his replacement early this morning.

Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

His staff overreacted when it told authorities at the girl's high school that she had written something rather rude about him, Gov. Sam Brownback says. "Freedom of speech is among our most treasured freedoms," says the Republican.

Judge Blocks Citigroup, SEC Settlement

A District Court judge said he would not approve the deal, because it would obscure the facts and deny the American public of transparency in its financial markets.

Black Friday Sales Suggest A Strong Cyber Monday

Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases. One estimate says U.S. consumers may spend $1.2 billion online Monday, smashing last year's record of just over $1 billion.

Va. Farm Bureau To Fight Eminent Domain Again In 2012

Virginia farmers will continue their push this week to minimize the state's use of eminent domain to take farmlands.

Report: Fed Committed $7.77 Trillion To Rescue Banks

The details of loans had remained secret, until a Freedom of Information Act request was submitted by Bloomberg. Most of the banks that benefitted from the below-market-rate loans insisted they were healthy.

MoCo Police Seek Suspect In 3 Wheaton Kidnappings

Police believe the same man is responsible for the kidnappings and robberies of three elderly men at the Westfield Wheaton shopping center this weekend. The suspect has not yet been apprehended.

Feds Seize 150 Websites In Counterfeit Crackdown

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI had been investigating for months before seizing the domain names of websites that allegedly sold phony goods such as professional sports jerseys, golf equipment and DVD sets.

DCFD: From Horse-Drawn To Horsepower

One of D.C.'s century-old fire companies celebrated its 100th anniversary this weekend, celebrating a time when jumping on the rig involved a bit and saddle. Engine 24's equine members are long gone, but the memory of them lives on.

Soybeans May Have Fed Asia Earlier Than Thought

Soybeans have fueled Asian civilizations for centuries, but the origins of the noble bean remains shrouded in the mists of history. Now a Korean archeologist says China may have to share bragging rights as the birthplace of soy.

Markets Rally On European Debt News, Black Friday Sales

During trading, the Dow Jones jumped close to 3 percent, erasing part of last week's losses.

To Get Kids Vaccinated, Some Pediatricians OK With Delays

The majority of pediatricians are okay with delaying childhood vaccines if parents ask to do that, according to a new survey. But they still overwhelmingly support vaccines and the current schedule, which requires 25 vaccines before age 2.

Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

The Massachusetts Democrat is in his 16th term. Back in February, he said he would be running again. Now, he says the new boundaries of his district would have required he spend too much time campaigning and not enough on key issues.

At Occupy LA: Some Arrests, But 'Mostly Peaceful'

Authorities are looking to move protesters from the site outside city hall where they've been camped.

Top Stories: Egyptians Vote, Pakistanis Protest, Holiday Sales Surge

Other stories making headlines: Occupy LA protest "remains mostly peaceful;" key New Hampshire newspaper endorses Gingrich; Prince William assists in rescue at sea.

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

A good first weekend is welcome news. But after a deep recession and with unemployment still high, analysts want to wait and see.

'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Bernie Fine had been an assistant basketball coach for more than 35 seasons. He has said he's innocent of allegations that he molested young boys.

'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

The NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers over the weekend could "rupture" already frayed relations between the U.S. and Pakistan.

Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago. So far turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests.