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News Archive - August 22, 2012

National Cathedral Repairs Begin On Anniversary Of Earthquake

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A crocket stone was blessed and put into place on Thursday afternoon, as repairs on the National Cathedral officially begin on the anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region.

GOP Convention A Big Moment For Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

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The Republican National Convention, which is slated to begin next Monday, may be the moment that Gov. Bob McDonnell gets his big push into the national limelight.

Officials Work To Mitigate Effects Of Derailment On Ellicott City

While no explanation as to the cause of the train derailment in Ellicott City, Md., has been offered yet, rail company CSX is working on cleaning up the spilled coal and compensating local businesses.

Recycling Baby Things In Seattle, Wash.

WestSide Baby collects used car seats, cribs, toys and other items for children and distributes them for free to families in need.

Officials Say West Nile Outbreak Could Be Worst Ever In U.S.

Health officials said this year has already been remarkable, but with cases on the rise, this outbreak could be worst since the virus was first spotted in the U.S. in 1999.

Food Waste Is Overwhelming. Here Are Five Things People Are Doing About It

A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council finds that 40 percent of food in the U.S. today goes uneaten. But several grass-roots groups around the country are working to turn food waste into something useful.

Fed Hints At More Action To Boost Economy

Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.

Prince William Co. Searches For Master Gardeners

Prince William County is seeking out so-called "master gardeners" for a program that would help instruct area residents about the intricacies of proper plant and lawn care.

Confederate Soldier In Famous Portrait Is Identified

The portrait appeared in the Ken Burns Civil War series and a chance encounter put a name to the face.

Sen. Mikulski To Speak At Democratic Nation Convention

Senator Barbara Mikulski joins a growing list of D.C. Metro politicians that will occupy high-profile speaking spots at political conventions in the next few weeks.

Washington Monument On Firm Foundation, Even After Earthquake

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The Washington Monument didn't sink at all, even after the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the D.C. region almost one year ago, according to a report.

Poll: Ryan As Running Mate Helps Romney In Wisconsin, But Just A Bit

Obama won the state handily in 2008 with more than 56 percent of the vote. But Wisconsin is now up for grabs, and some pundits had predicted that Romney's pick of Ryan, a longtime congressman from Janesville, Wis., would move the needle for the GOP ticket.

Community Soup In Silver City, Nev.

Once a month Cashion Callaway makes a sit-down soup dinner for her community and teaches people about cooking and nutrition.

Court Weighs Whether Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Should Be Forcibly Shaved

The military says the beard is a challenge to authority. Nidal Hassan says it's his constitutional right.

A's Pitcher Bartolo Colon Suspended For 50 Games After Failing Doping Test

Colon joins the Giants' Melky Cabrera as the second player this week to be nailed for doping.

Curiosity Is On A Roll: Makes Its First Movements On Mars

The rover moved forward a short distance, rotated and moved backward. It's fully mobile, NASA engineers say.

Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking

The report also finds that it is losing ground to the upper class when measuring aggregate income.

Ellicott City Cleans Up After Coal Train Derailment

Ellicott City residents are still trying to pick up the pieces after the CSX train derailment that shut down the city's main thoroughfare earlier in the week.

Could Antibiotics Be A Factor In Childhood Obesity?

Two studies suggest that antibiotics early in life may contribute to childhood weight gain. Experiments in mice and a look at the weight of more than 11,500 British babies point in the same direction.

Maryland Court Exempts 'Cross-Breeds' From Pit Bull Ruling

The Maryland Court of Appeals exempts pit bull cross-breeds from the "inherently dangerous breed of dog" liability provisions, citing confusion as to what "cross-breed" really means.

In Ad Battle, Obama Banking On Wind-Power Message In Key Swing States

In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

AT&T Defends Itself From Criticism Over Limits To Video-Call App

The wireless provider has been roundly criticized for allowing the feature only for customers on new data plans.

Continuing To Serve In St. Louis, Mo.

The Mission Continues challenges military veterans to use their knowledge and skills to serve and lead in communities across America.

Maryland Panel Looks At Gun Access For Mentally Disabled

A Maryland task force is examining access to guns for people with mental disabilities, as well as gun regulators' access to people's mental health records.

Federal Court Rules Against EPA Downwind Pollution Rule

A federal court has ruled that the EPA cannot crack down on power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air quality in plants' neighboring states. 

Sales Of Existing Homes Rose In July, Another Sign Of Stronger Market

They were up 2.3 percent from June and a healthy 10 percent vs. July 2011. Prices are also on the rise.

Task Force To Look At Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park Flooding

D.C. Mayor Vince Gray has appointed a task force to determine what can be done about the flooding that plagues the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods in Northwest D.C. during heavy rains.

Sky Sighting: Is That A Thread Of Dark Matter I Spy?

Dark matter, which surrounds most galaxies, plays a key role in the structure of the cosmos. But we can't see it. Or can we? Recently, astronomers used a remarkable effect predicted by Einstein to spot a very tenuous bridge of dark matter linking two galaxy clusters.

Meet A Man On A Mission To Save Rare And Unusual Figs

Bassem Samaan of Bethlehem, Pa., is on a quest to save rare varieties of figs often growing unnoticed, right under our noses in neighbors' backyards. He's donated some of his finds to a government-backed fruit tree preserve in California.

Deficit To Be $1.1 Trillion, Unemployment To Stay Above 8 Percent, CBO Says

The nonpartisan analysis arm of Congress has released its latest forecasts on the budget and the economy.

Wildfires Have Burned Nearly 7 Million Acres So Far, Up 6 Percent From Last Year

The number of fires so far this year — 42,745 — is down from the same period in 2011. But blazes have been larger. Many have been fueled by parched conditions in much of the nation.

Romney And GOP Strike Deal With Ron Paul Loyalists Before Convention

The deal allows some of the Texas congressman's delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention. The compromise would appear to avert a potential public clash with Paul supporters during next week's festivities.

Prince Harry Exposed: Photos Show Up Of Naked Royal 'Cavorting' In Vegas

What happened in Vegas didn't stay in Vegas for the nearly 28-year-old son of Prince Charles and Diana. Photos from his "strip billiards" game are now all over the Web.

Clinics Go Mobile To Take Health Care To The Street

While the clinics have proved popular, their focus on the uninsured has led some to question whether the mobile model will be rendered moot by expansions of insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Texas Sheriff: Sacred White Buffalo Was Not Slaughtered

The animal's owners had claimed it was killed, perhaps by other Native Americans. But an investigation shows it was a bacterial disease that killed the sacred animal, a local sheriff says.

Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

The race remains tight with President Obama holding an edge so small that it's still within the margin of error, two new surveys show.

Seize The Clay In Philadelphia, Pa.

The Claymobile brings clay art education to diverse populations in the Philadelphia schools and community-based organizations.