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News Archive - January 10, 2013

Metro Extends H6 Bus Line To Costco

The new Costco in Northeast D.C. has been quite popular, so now Metro has extended the H6 bus line to get more people to the big box store.

Commentary: On Climate Change, States Must Take The Lead

After the District's warmest year on record, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action says that state governments can't wait for the federal government to take action.

National Mood Likely Reflected In Virginia Gubernatorial Race

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The victory of Virginia Republican Bob McDonnell in 2009 presaged a victorious midterm election for his party, and some say the outcome of this year's gubernatorial race may be similarly prescient.

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Sexually Abusing Child

A veteran MPD officer has been arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of a young girl who attended his church.

Virginia Makes Its Case To House New FBI Headquarters

Virginia lawmakers showed up in force on Thursday to make their pitch to federal officials for a new FBI headquarters in Northern Virginia.

Enough Evidence For Holmes To Stand Trial, Judge Rules

James Holmes is accused of opening fire at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., last summer, killing 12 people and wounding dozens of others. He will be formally arraigned Friday on 166 counts of murder, attempted murder and other crimes.

NRA Says White House Has 'Agenda To Attack The Second Amendment'

The National Rifle Association accused the White House of having "an agenda to attack the Second Amendment" Thursday, after representatives of the group attended meetings on gun control hosted by Vice President Biden.

American Express To Cut 5,400 Jobs

The cuts will come primarily in the company's travel business, and account for about 8.5 percent of AmEx's 63,500- person workforce. American Express said it will take a $287 million restructuring charge associated with the layoffs.

Sperm Donors' Parental Rights Preserved In Virginia Court Ruling

The Virginia Supreme Court has sided with a sperm donor in a controversial case where a father was denied parental rights after his ex-girlfriend cut of contact with his daughter, conceived through in-vitro fertilization.

Deadly Day In Pakistan: Dozens Killed In Multiple Blasts In Quetta

Back-to-back bomb blasts at a snooker club in the city killed at least 80 people. A Sunni extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack on the predominantly Shiite area. Earlier in the day, a blast at a city market killed 11. A separatist group said it was behind the explosion.

Speaking More Than One Language Could Prevent Alzheimer's

Neuroscientists have found that bilingual seniors were better at certain skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers, which could help protect them against Alzheimer's disease. But the researchers don't know whether learning a second language in adulthood would provide the same benefit.

Experience Trumps Hope In Obama's 2nd-Term Cabinet Selections

A hard reality any re-elected president must face is that there are only so many people who have the president's confidence, experience to run a Cabinet department, personal backgrounds that can withstand vetting, and are politically acceptable to the opposition party.

Poll: Support For Background Checks At Gun Shows In Virginia

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An overhwhelming majority of Virginians surveyed in a Quinnipiac Poll last week support background checks on people purchasing guns at gun shows — something that is currently not required in the commonwealth.

Agreed, Baby Pandas Are Cute. But Why?

Xiao Liwu made his public debut Thursday at the San Diego Zoo. As fans crowded around the exhibit, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 5-month-old giant panda cub, we asked the question that perhaps needs no asking. Scientists offer some clues.

Baseball Will Test For Human Growth Hormone During Season

Major League Baseball will expand its effort to fight performance enhancing drugs to include tests for human growth hormone during the regular season, under an agreement with the players union. The testing program also calls for establishing "baseline testosterone readings" for all players.

What Does $1 Trillion Worth Of Platinum Look Like?

Just for the sake of financial fun, we've calculated how much platinum it would actually take to mint a coin with $1 trillion worth of the metal in it. Turns out, it's probably more platinum than mankind has available on the market right now.

McDonnell Urges Action On Transportation In State Of The Commonwealth

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gave the state's General Assembly an ultimatum in his State of the Commonwealth address last night, imploring them to pass a transportation funding plan by the end of this year's session. 

Study Of Junior Seau's Brain Finds Signs Of Neurodegenerative Disease

Junior Seau, the former NFL linebacker whose suicide last May at age 43 shocked fans and former teammates, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repetitive head injuries, according to research by the National Institutes of Health.

Virginia Lawmakers Debate Abortion Rights Again

A new bill in Virginia could affect the debate over abortion and contraception rights in the state.

Maryland General Assembly Begins 2013 Session

The Maryland General Assembly went into session yesterday, and Republicans are ready for an uphill battle on most issues. The state's GOP lawmakers probably won't defeat a death penalty repeal or wind power expansion, but the death penalty will likely be put to a referendum in 2014.  

Obama Taps Top Aide Lew For Treasury

The president has nominated his chief of staff. Jack Lew is also a former budget director in both the Clinton and Obama administrations. He would replace Timothy Geithner, who plans to step down soon.

Reports: Two Hurt, One Suspect In Custody After Shooting At Calif. School

The incident occurred at a high school in Taft, Calif., about 120 miles north of Los Angeles.

Moroccans Celebrate A Bountiful Year For Date Harvest

It's taken a few months for official reports to confirm what local Moroccan farmers predicted months ago: This year's date harvest was well above average. The reasons for this year's impressive haul, though, are harder to pin down.

What 'Lincoln' Says About Today's Congress

The anti-slavery movie has picked up a dozen Oscar nominations. Its resonance may stem partly from the way in which it shows politicians working out a deal on a tough issue — something many Americans ardently wish for today.

Couple's Tandem Bike Is Stolen, And Returned, After Thief Feels Guilty

What started as a horrible week for Harly and Courtney Forbes — a thief stole their tandem bicycle, their only way of getting around — has brightened considerably. After a flood of support from their community the thief returned the bike, with a note attached.

Scalped Inauguration Tickets Pop Up On Craigslist, Ebay

Tickets for President Obama's inauguration are popping up on resale websites like Craigslist and Ebay for as much as $2,000 per ticket, but Congressional leaders are trying to disourage the scalping.

Metro's General Manager Releases 2014 Budget

Metro's general manager released his proposed 2014 budget today, but riders shouldn't expect to see funding for more eight-car trains during rush hour among his recommendations.

More Than 300 College Presidents Push For Changes In Gun Laws

In an open letter to lawmakers, they also push for reform of gun safety laws. "I think all of us were so wrenched" by the school shooting in Connecticut, says Elizabeth Kiss, president of Georgia's Agnes Scott College.

Three New 'Cliffs' Threaten The Economy

Three more fiscal cliff-type deadlines are fast approaching. They involve: 1) raising the debt ceiling 2) imposing automatic spending cuts and 3) funding the federal government to avert a partial shutdown.

As Cases Spike, Flu Season May Be Peaking In Boston

Warnings that this year's flu season was likely to be a bad one are already bearing out in Boston. But an infectious disease doctor says the flu season may have already peaked last week.

Artist's State-Shaped Steaks Explore Beef's Origins

Hoping people will think more about where their meat comes from, art graduate student Sarah Hallacher has visualized the U.S. beef industry with a series of steaks (actually, clay) sculpted into the shape of states and packaged in Styrofoam and shrink wrap.

If Obama Took 'Executive Action' On Guns, What Might He Do?

Changes to gun laws require working with Congress. But the president might do such things as bolster the federal database on gun buyers and order stepped-up prosecution of felons and others barred from buying weapons.

Mississippi Blues: When The River Doesn't Run

The drought that damaged crops in the Midwest last summer has brought the water level to historically low levels. Now barge traffic along a vital stretch of the Mississippi is dangerously close to running dry, putting shipping and jobs at risk.

'Lincoln' Leads With 12 Oscar Nominations

Lincoln is among nine movies competing for "best picture." The others: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Three Kurdish Activists Found Dead In Paris; 'Without Doubt An Execution'

There are fears that the murders are aimed at scuttling talks between the Turkish government and the jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).