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News Archive - April 12, 2012

O'Malley Exercising Patience With Special Session

Appearing on the Kojo Nnamdi Show on Thursday, Maryland governor Martin O'Malley explained how he wants to be patient and build a consensus before calling a special session to hash out a budget.

Van Hollen Pushes To Tap Tax Havens

Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen says he wants to close corporate loopholes to help ease the burden on American taxpayers, but has so far met resistance by Republicans.

Fairfax Gang Members Plead Guilty In Prostitution Ring

Two of the five members arrested as part of a street gang based out of Fairfax County have pleaded guilty to their roles in running a prostitution ring which is said to have employed underage girls.

Competing For Wind: Green Passport Games Open Across DC

Green Passport DC is a new game that gives environmentally-conscious area residents monetary awards for going around and checking out the area's many wind-powered businesses.

North Korean Rocket Fails After Launch

A U.S. official says the rocket broke up into pieces. North Korea had announced it was planning the launch of an observation satellite to celebrate Sunday's centennial of the birth of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder.

Affidavit Reveals New Details In Case Against George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman profiled and confronted Trayvon Martin before fatally shooting him, prosecutors say

Analysis: Maryland Ratifies 17th Amendment Close To Signing Centennial

In an otherwise turbulent legislative session, Maryland voted to ratify the 17th amendment to the Constitution 100 years after it went into effect. State senator and professor Jamie Raskin discusses the amendment's meaning to the populist movement.

TEDMED Thursday: Sex, 'Poo Tea' And ALS

An evacuation of the Kennedy Center first thing Thursday couldn't stop TEDMED. The big thinkers at the meeting heard about research to make better proteins in a hurry. And later there was an argument ini favor of allowing patients with terminal illnesses to take more risks with experimental treatments.

Evangelical Leader: Romney-Huckabee Would Make 'Appealing' GOP Ticket

In a wide-ranging interview with NPR, Richard Land talks about evangelical support for Mitt Romney, his ideas on vice presidential picks and why Rick Santorum was wrong on JFK.

Obama, Romney Wage War Not On But For Women (Voters)

President Obama's hopes of being re-elected very much reside in the hands of women, the same group that played such a big role in his 2008 victory. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney's hope of becoming president lie in his being able to dissuade enough women from voting for Obama.

Two Deaths Reported After Shots At Coast Guard Station

Two Coast Guard members were shot and killed at a communications station Thursday morning, causing the base and nearby schools to be placed on lockdown. The attack took place at the Kodiak Base Communications Station, located some 250 miles southwest of Anchorage.

What's The Scoop On Bulk Foods?

Shoppers might expect food to be cheaper in the bulk aisle — and a study from Portland State University shows that it usually is, by a long shot. But our survey of D.C. grocery stores came up with more modest figures. What's the real deal?

In Mexican Viral Video, Children Act Out Scenes Of Crime And Corruption

A realistic and fast-paced "mockumentary" shows violence and corruption in Mexico — portrayed exclusively by child actors. The video, which challenges politicians to improve life in Mexico, has been viewed more than 1.8 million times since it was posted on YouTube Monday.

Old Coal Mine Will Provide FSU Food

The EPA plans to covert old coal-mining land into greenhouses that will provide food for students at Frostburg State University.

The DOJ E-Book Lawsuit: Is It 1934 All Over Again?

The Department of Justice's lawsuit against Apple and five major publishers for e-book price fixing sent shivers through the industry — but Jason Boog says this fraught relationship between American publishers, retailers and the DOJ goes back to the Great Depression.

Smithsonian Unveils New 'American Stories' Exhibit

A  new section of the National Museum of American History provides a succinct chronology of the United States' story. 

The Bacon Sundae: Brilliant Or Tragic?

Burger King's new dessert is available at a limited number of locations. It is just the latest example of a fast food chain following a trend that high-end eateries embraced years ago.

Federal Government To Pay Indian Tribes $1 Billion Over Mismanagement

The U.S. government will pay more than $1 billion to settle lawsuits filed by 41 American Indian tribes, who had accused federal agencies of mismanaging tribal money and resources. The agreement ends nearly two years of negotiations; some claims date back more than 100 years.

Money Woes Drove Santorum From GOP Race, He Says

In his first interview since dropping his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum said that losing the Wisconsin primary on April 3 sealed his fate.

Zimmerman Appears In Florida Court On Second-Degree Murder Charge

Charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman made his first court appearance Thursday. He has maintained that he acted in self-defense when he shot Martin, an unarmed teenager, in Sanford, Fla., on Feb. 26.

How To Rally The Base, And Other Advice For Romney

How will Mitt Romney bring around the party's skeptical evangelical base? What work does he need to do within the party as he pivots to a full-on general election battle with President Obama? Four GOP strategists offer some tips.

Bat On A Plane Triggers Rabies Hunt

A bat got loose in the cabin of a Delta flight bound for Atlanta from Wisconsin last summer. After the plane returned to the airport, the bat escaped. Public health workers scrambled to find the passengers and make sure they hadn't been exposed to rabies.

Kids Will Have To Cut Serious Calories To Halt Obesity Trend

Children and teens are going to have to cut calories or get a lot more exercise to stop the obesity trend, new research says.

New York Office Building Evacuation Blamed On 'Novelty Item' Grenade

The evacuation of hundreds of people from a financial office building ended with an all-clear, after police determined that an object detected in an X-ray scan was actually "a grenade-like novelty item mounted on a plaque with a sign: 'Complaint Dept. Pull Pin,' reports the New York Daily News.

Minorities Make Up Small Portion Of Virginia Legislature

Virginia Lt. Governor Bill Bolling says he'd like to see the state's GOP reach out to more minorities and get more women elected to the General Assembly.

Virginia Transportation Chief Addresses Regional Coordination

A Maryland resident is concerned with how Virginia's transportation projects will affect the region's commute.

Ancient Texts Will Go Online As Oxford And Vatican Libraries Launch Project

Biblical and antiquities scholars will soon have a new resource at their fingertips, as Oxford University's Bodleian Libraries and the Vatican Library launch a plan to digitize millions of pages of rare ancient texts. The scanned pages will be available online.

Quip That Ann Romney's 'Never Worked' Joins List Of Campaign Controversies

When Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen questioned whether Ann Romney can relate to the problems of most American women, her words sparked a political firestorm.

Vaccination Against Cholera Finally Begins In Haiti

Today, 50,000 people living in the slums of Port-au-Prince will start to get immunized against the disease. This weekend, another 50,000 villagers in the low rice-growing areas of the Artibonite River valley will get their first doses of an oral cholera vaccine. All told, though, the immunization will cover only 1 percent of the Haitian population.

D.C. Taxi Fare Increase Starts April 21

Taxi fares in D.C. are going up starting April 21, after the D.C. Taxicab Commission approved a fare hike Wednesday.

Trayvon's Mother Wants Justice, But Also Believes Death 'Was An Accident'

Sybrina Fulton wants to hear George Zimmerman apologize and wants him brought to justice, but also believes her son died because the incident "just got out of control and [Zimmerman] couldn't turn the clock back."

Sue Me? Not A Chance This Year

Most states have slashed budgets for their court systems. The result is a much longer wait for everything from fighting traffic tickets to resolving custody disputes.

Where Does America Get Oil? You May Be Surprised

America is still dependent on foreign oil, but the sources are changing. Think Canada, Latin America and Africa. The Middle East is well down the list. What does this mean for America's foreign policy?

Fans Celebrate Baseball, Nats' Home Opener

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With the Nationals' home opener against the Reds, fans from around the Washington D.C. area weigh in on the sport of baseball and what it means to them.

'Fox Mole' At Gawker Is Revealed, Fired

For several days this week a Fox News producer sent undercover reports to Gawker. The digital trail he left revealed his identity.

Reporter's Dream: A Mansion Straight Out Of 'Please Don't Eat the Daisies'

Where could a newspaper (or radio) reporter pick up a mansion/castle like the one David Niven and Doris Day take over in Please Don't Eat the Daisies?

Trolley Service To Be Expanded To Del Ray

Trolley buses of the sort made popular in Old Town Alexandria are being expanded into Del Ray, based on their popularity in the area.

Jobless Claims Rose By 13,000 Last Week

There were 380,000 first-time claims, the most in a single week since January. It's another sign that the labor market's rebound may be slowing.

Suspect In USS Cole Bombing Wins One Legal Battle

A judge ruled that Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri does not have to be shackled when he meets with his lawyers. That avoided what might have been public testimony by him about his treatment at CIA "black sites."

Prosecution's Choice Of Charge Complicates Case Against Zimmerman

By accusing him of second-degree murder, rather than manslaughter, the prosecution has a higher burden of proof. Some attorneys believe a judge may decide the charge is too severe.

Troops And Tanks Remain, But Truce Begins In Syria

As a ceasefire was supposed to begin, army tanks and troops remained in place. But there were only a few reports of alleged violations.