News Archive - April 25, 2013

Virginia To Considers New Requirements For Online Education

New requirements for online learning could affect not only teachers, but students as well.

Maryland Announces Connector Program On Health Care Overhaul

Residents will receive state assistance in health care enrollment and coverage options.

Senate Votes To End Furloughs For Air Traffic Controllers

The furloughs have been blamed for widespread delays at the nation's airports. The vote late Thursday was unanimous. The House could vote on the measure Friday.

Moran Argues Against Health Exchanges for Hill Staffers

Some lawmakers are seeking to exempt members of Congress from participating in new health insurance exchanges.

D.C. Police Union Seeks Hearing On Emergency System

The head of the D.C. police officers' union wrote a letter to Council member Tommy Wells about the systemic failures in the city's 911 system.

EPA Finds Ally In Smallmouth Bass

States near the Chesapeake Bay are under orders from the EPA to reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen going into local rivers and streams.

U.S. Filmmaker Held In Venezuela

Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said Timothy Hallet Tracy was paying right-wing youth to hold violent protests in the aftermath of the elections narrowly won by Nicolas Maduro, the late Hugo Chavez's chosen successor. Tracy's family says he was making a documentary.

Obama's Bush Library Speech Leaves Iraq And More Unspoken

Imagine having to deliver a tribute for someone you've openly excoriated for years. That was essentially the task President Obama had before him in his speech at the dedication ceremony for former President George W. Bush's presidential library in Dallas.

Texas Town Honors Dead From Fertilizer Plant Blast

Most of the 14 killed in the April 17 explosion were first responders trying to put out the fire and save lives.

Rapper 2 Chainz Acquitted Of Drug Charges

A well-known rapper has been acquitted of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore.

Monkeys Also Want To Eat Like The Locals

When monkeys move to a new place, they want to eat what the locals are eating, a new study finds. It's among the first to see strong social behaviors in eating among wild animals.

Researchers Find Hormone That Grows Insulin-Producing Cells

When researchers turned on a gene for the hormone in the livers of diabetic lab mice, the number of insulin-making cells in their pancreas glands tripled within 10 days. Although the research was conducted in animals, the scientists say the findings could be relevant for humans.

D.C. Runners Feel Effects Of Area's Poor Air Quality


The American Lung Association gave the District a failing grade for air quality this year, which some runners say reflects what they feel when out pounding the pavement.

Why Finding A TB Test Got Hard

Problems at a Canadian factory have caused a shortage of tuberculosis tests in the U.S. Some hospitals and health departments around the country are deferring routing TB testing as a result.

Body Is ID'd As Missing Student Falsely Linked To Bombings

Sunil Tripathi had nothing to with the Boston bombings. He'd actually been missing for a month. But a New York Post front page led to wild speculation on the Web, and for a day or so, he was being called a suspect by some on social media.

Alexandria Police Officer Recovering After Critical Gunshot Wound

Officer Peter Laboy is home after two months in the hospital due to a gunshot wound to the head.

Anne Arundel County Police Chief Under Investigation

Anne Arundel County's new county executive says her office is looking into complaints of retaliation against police officers that testified against her predecessor.

Why The Bush Library Won't Make History

As George W. Bush's presidential library opens, supporters of the 43rd president are convinced his reputation will improve. For that to happen, historians say, they need to get a look at the documents that the library houses — and that won't happen anytime soon.

White House: Evidence Syria Used Chemical Weapons

The administration has warned Syria against using chemical weapons but does not say how this might change U.S. policy toward the Syrian regime.

Cuccinelli Plans To Withdraw From Governor's Mansion Chef Case

Virginia's Attorney General is withdrawing from prosecuting embezzlement charges against a former chef at the governor's mansion.

Ocean City's New Boardwalk Nearing Completion

After three years and $6 million, Ocean City's iconic 2-mile wooden walkway is almost done.

At Bush Library Dedication, Bipartisan Praise

The ceremony brought together five presidents — four former and the current occupant of the White House. George W. Bush's love of country and efforts to help some of the world's poorest people won him high praise.

Phone Calls Prove Prohibitively Expensive For Prisoners

The inability to keep in contact with family is one of the many sad facts of life for inmates in the U.S., but D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says there might be an easy fix.

Successful D.C. Budget Referendum Sparks Conversation On Capitol Hill

So far it appears the D.C. budget autonomy referendum overwhelmingly approved by D.C. voters faces no major opposition in Congress. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says it's quite the opposite.

Boston ER Doctor Finds Marathon Memories Hard To Shake

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Leana Wen cared for people hurt by the bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon finish line. She worried that the next patient she treated would turn out to be her husband. Ten days later, the sounds of sirens still shake her.

Google Agrees To Change Display Of Search Results In Europe

Among other things, the tech giant says it will more clearly label results from its own services and more prominently display competitors' results.

In Wake Of Boston Attack, Local Muslims Haven't Felt Blowback

When it was discovered that the two perpetrators of the terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon advocated radical Islam, some local Muslims worried about a potential response on area religious communities.

Plans Move Forward For New North-South Highway West Of Dulles

Eager to serve the "corridor of significance" between Prince William and Loudoun Counties, planners have released a new study on a proposed highway in Northern Virginia.

Fire Out After Fuel-Barge Explosion In Alabama

The blast late Wednesday in Mobile left three people with critical burns and forced the evacuation of a nearby cruise ship on the Mobile River.

'We've Had Enough Bushes,' Says Former First Lady Barbara

On the day her son George's presidential library is being dedicated, she tells Today that Jeb is "by far the best-qualified man," but that another Bush presidential run might be one too many.

Anger Rises Along With Death Toll At Bangladesh Factory

More than 200 have died and hundreds more are trapped beneath rubble at the site of the garment factory collapse near the capital, Dhaka.

Weekly Jobless Claims Dip To Near Five-Year Low

While the news is a positive sign, employers still seem to be reluctant to add many new jobs to their payrolls.

5 Presidents Set To Help Dedicate George W. Bush's Library

The former president's library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Its opening comes as polls show his approval rating on the rise.

Book News: Maya Angelou Out Of Hospital, Recovering At Home

Also: Sexism on Wikipedia?; a defense of Oprah's Book Club; and Gary Shteyngart is coming out with a memoir next year.

Boston Bombing Investigation: Thursday's Developments

The FBI wants to speak with "Misha," a man who relatives of the suspects say may have introduced Tamerlan Tsarnaev to radical Islam. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly stopped giving information to investigators after being read his Miranda rights.