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News Archive - March 1, 2013

Hundreds Rally For Maryland Gun Control Bill

As the measure moves closer to reality, supporters and opponents of Gov. Martin O'Malley's Firearm Safety Act came out to rally in Annapolis on Friday.

The Sequester That Wasn't Meant To Happen Begins

In the end, President Obama and other Democrats had less leverage than Republicans because of a fundamental asymmetry: Large federal spending cuts alarmed Democrats; Republicans, not so much.

Lewisdale Teen Killed In Possible Gang-Related Shooting

Meyder Bladimir Yuman, 18, is the latest Prince George's County teen killed in gun violence, shot just blocks from his home in Lewisdale.

Air Force Will Pay $50 Million To Service Gulfstream Jets

The U.S. Air Force will pay Gulfstream nearly $50 million to maintain its C-37 executive jets, in a contract announced the day before the federal budget was set to absorb $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.

BWI To Take Hit From Sequester Cuts

Federal budget cuts may take a toll on the number of flights and personnel at Baltimore Washington International Airport.

In Voting Rights Arguments, Chief Justice Misconstrued Census Data

Chief Justice John Roberts noted that Massachusetts, which is not covered by the preclearance section of the Voting Rights Act, has a far worse record in black voter registration and turnout than Mississippi, which is covered by the act. But census statistics don't necessarily confirm that argument.

Judge Throws Out Half Of Jury Award In Apple, Samsung Patent Case

The judge took issue with the legal theory the original jury used to reach its decision. The judge ordered a new trial to determine the damages.

Analysis: Political Fallout From Virginia Transportation Plan

Virginia's transportation funding compromise has effects both for Virginia's current governor and his possible successors. Bob McCartney of The Washington Post discusses that and other local stories.

Analysis: Lawmakers Deal With Sequester And New Congressional Deadline

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about the latest on the federal budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday.

Media Circus: Ah, The President's Mean

The White House-Woodward spat is part of a longer story about the professional life of one of America's most famous journalists.

Add 'North Korea Expert' To Dennis Rodman's Resume

Experts say that Rodman's head-to-head with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might reveal something of value.

Researchers Connect Rats' Minds Via Internet

An experiment that used rats to create a "brain-to-brain interface" shows that instructions can be transferred between animals via cortical implants, according to scientists. The research could help create "novel types of social interaction and for biological computing devices," says Miguel Nicolelis of Duke University.

Updated: State Department Releases Keystone XL Environmental Report

The draft report found that the pipeline would not have a huge impact on climate and that the oil from the Canadian tar sands will find its way to the U.S. with or without the pipeline.

Blue Angels May Be Grounded For Ocean City Air Show

High performance planes scheduled to perform in June at the Ocean City Air Show may be grounded due to reductions in non-essential military flying stemming from sequestration.

Sequester: The Movie

On Sequester Day in Washington, lots of Twitter users invoked a favorite movie line to express their views on the automatic spending cuts. Some criticized the federal government; others just poked fun.

'Choose Respect Montgomery' Focuses On Teens And Domestic Violence

An event in Montgomery County is educating the public on teen dating violence, and will feature live music, snacks and workshops.

Reagan National Station Closed This Weekend, Amidst Metro Delays

Maintenance work continues across the Metro system this weekend, as WMATA has announced station closings and single tracking along stretches of the Blue, Yellow and Orange Lines.

FCC To Examine Federal Ban On Unlocking Cellphones

Chairman Julius Genachowski said he is unsure if his agency has the authority to review laws passed, but he said he was concerned that the ban might be harmful to competition.

Gun Control Bill Heads To Maryland House

Maryland gun control advocates are expected to rally in Annapolis to show their support of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislation.

A Kenyan Teen's Discovery: Let There Be Lights To Save Lions

Richard Turere, 13, put his father's cows in a pen at night. That's when the trouble would start. Lions would jump in the shed and kill the farm animals. One night he was walking around with a flashlight and discovered the lions were scared of a moving light. A light went on inside him and an idea was born.

5 Dates To Watch In Budget Showdown

Friday's deadline for President Obama to issue a sequestration order is neither the beginning nor the end of this year's budget battles in Washington. Here are five key moments over the next seven months, and what's at stake in each.

D.C. Lawmakers Explore Options To Curb Truancy In DCPS

D.C. lawmakers, led by Council member David Catania are exploring ways to stop students from skipping school, but the solutions have so far proven elusive.

Sugar's Role In Rise Of Diabetes Gets Clearer

Robert Lustig, a physician and anti-sugar crusader, found in a new study that countries where people have easy access to sugar are more likely to see a rise in diabetes. But skeptics say that sugar's not the only culprit.

No Cyanide Detected In Chicago Lottery Winner's Remains

Urooj Khan died last July, just one day after his $425,000 check from the Illinois lottery was cut. It wasn't until much later that it was determined there had been a lethal amount of cyanide in his blood. His remains, though, are too decomposed to detect any remaining poison.

V Reasons To Love Roman Numerals

If we didn't have a pope and we didn't have a Super Bowl, we might never use these fancy numbers at all. Then again, maybe we would.

After Traffic Stop Shooting, Alexandria Police Officer Remains In Critical Condition

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Officer Peter Laboy, a 17-year veteran of the Alexandria Police force, remains in critical condition after he was shot in the head during a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Violent Street Clashes In Bangladesh Leave Dozens Dead

The unrest came after a court handed down a death sentence to an Islamist leader for his role in the 1971 war that led to Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan. Dozens are reported dead.

Michigan Governor Declares Financial Emergency In Detroit

Rick Snyder said the city could soon have a new overseer, expected to bring the city's dire financial situation to order. Snyder said while it was a sad day, it was "also a day of optimism and promise."

Community Battles Back Against VDOT Construction In Their Backyard

Residents in the Overlook neighborhood in Alexandria have said for months that a new highway ramp near their homes poses a health hazard, and their arguments are starting to gain traction with city leaders.

Lawmakers No Closer To Compromise As Sequester Cuts Kick In

The countdown until automatic across-the-board spending cuts hits zero today, but even with potentially dire effects for the local economy, there is no talk of a deal.

SpaceX Reports Problem With Launch Of Dragon Capsule

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the resupply mission to the space station is experiencing a thruster problem.

The Photographer Who Made Architects Famous

If you know what Frank Lloyd's Wright's Fallingwater looks like, you might have Ezra Stoller to thank.

China's Broadcast Of Drug Lord's Final Hours Sparks Controversy

The lead-up to the execution of Naw Kham and three accomplices accused of murdering 13 Chinese sailors in 2011 is carried live on national television.

As Cardinals Vet Possible Popes, Names May Emerge

The cardinals who will choose the next pope want to be sure there's "absolutely no scandal connected to him," says NPR's Cokie Roberts. So, they will be digging into the potential popes' backgrounds. During that vetting, some leaks may occur.

A Mother's Death Tested Reporter's Thinking About End-Of-Life Care

Studies show that end-of-care is often futile. It doesn't always prolong lives, and it doesn't always reflect what patients want. But for families making decisions about loved ones, balancing the evidence and emotions can be wrenching.

Woodward: White House Dislikes Being 'Challenged Or Crossed'

The Washington Post journalist says he never characterized the White House as threatening him over a story on sequestration.

'Harlem Shake' On A Plane Has FAA Investigating; See The Video

Colorado College's ultimate frisbee team convinced the crew on a Frontier Airlines flight to let them make a video. But seeing the students and other passengers dancing in the aisles has the FAA asking questions about whether safety procedures were followed.

Sinkhole Swallows Sleeping Man In Florida

The hole opened up under a home's bedroom in Tampa. Two men, brothers, were in the house. One tried to save the other, but wasn't able to keep him from being dragged down into the now 100-foot wide hole. It's feared that the man is dead.

Book News: Caro Wins His Third National Book Critics Circle Award

Also: the virtues of fan fiction; a backlash against Vladimir Nabokov in his native Russia; Barnes & Noble confirms bad news.

Deja Vu All Over Again As 'Sequester' Deadline Looms

Once again lawmakers are up against a deadline. This time, it looks like they won't strike some sort of deal. That means about $85 billion worth of spending cuts will start to spread across many federal agencies.