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News Archive - May 9, 2013

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Death Toll Crosses 1,000

Officials said 1,021 bodies had been pulled from the rubble. It's unclear what the final toll will be from the April 24 collapse of the Rana Plaza building that houses several garment factories.

D.C. Officials And Community Group Go To Court Over D.C. School Closings

Members of the community group Empower D.C. will be in federal court on Friday to try to stop 15 D.C. public schools from closing later this year.

House Republicans Pass 'Plan B' For Debt Ceiling

House Republicans passed legislation that gives the Treasury Department new power in case the federal government defaults on its loans.

D.C. Council Cuts Budget For DCPS And Charter School Collaboration

The D.C. Council voted to slash the budget, just a day after the city's public school system and a charter school announced a collaboration to create a new school in southeast D.C.

Search Ends Off Australia For Two Cruise Ship Passengers

The couple went missing a day before they were reported overboard and authorities say it's not yet clear whether they fell or jumped.

Olympic Sailor Killed In Capsize Of America's Cup Racer

The giant 72-foot catamaran crewed by the Swedish Artemis Racing team capsized off San Francisco during a training sail on Thursday.

Feds Reach Agreement With Montana School On Sexual Assaults

The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with the University of Montana to resolve an investigation into the school's response to accusations of sexual harassment since 2009. The federal inquiry will continue to examine how Missoula city officials have handled such cases.

Top U.S. Official Meets With Rebels Inside Syria

Ambassador Robert Ford, the State Department's point man on Syrian policy, met with the head of the Aleppo military council on Wednesday. Syrian rebels thanked him for the delivery of some 65,000 MREs. Both the visit and the shipment appear to be a sign of support for Gen. Salim Idriss, the rebels' commander.

Is There A Secret In Your Life?

WAMU's Metro Connection is working on a show about secrets, and we'd like to hear about a secret in your life.

Big Ag Agrees to Conserve Cropland, But At What Cost?

Farmers say they are ready to compromise with some environmental groups on the issue of conservation compliance. But critics say the price tag for the taxpayer may be too high.

Shape Of Debate In Missouri: Tinfoil Hats And Toy Helicopters

In a rare evening session of the state House, lawmakers found a variety of ways to argue, including playing dress up to comment on the nature of the legislation under debate.

MGM Submits Bid For Las Vegas-Style Casino At National Harbor

MGM's proposal would bring a Las Vegas-style casino—Maryland's sixth—to the National Harbor in Prince George's County.

Son Of Pakistani Ex-Premier Kidnapped At Election Rally

Gunmen abducted candidate Ali Haider Gilani during a campaign event in the city of Multan in the latest violence to hit the campaign trail ahead of Saturday's nationwide elections.

D.C. Council Moves To Fund Education Ombudsman

A D.C. Council committee voted today to fund an advocate for parents and students within the city's public school bureaucracy.

Using Bacteria To Swat Malaria Inside Mosquitoes

Infecting mosquitoes with a specific type of bacteria makes the insects resistant to malaria. Now scientists have figured out how to get the mosquitoes to pass the infections on to their offspring. If it can done reliably, it might help interrupt transmission of malaria to humans.

Stunning Satellite Images Show A Changing Globe

Google teamed up with the USGS, NASA and TIME magazine to release a stunning cache of satellite images compiled over the past 28 years.

Civil War Vets Interred In New Columbarium At Arlington Cemetery

The Arlington Cemetery now has space to inter more unclaimed remains from American service members as they open their ninth columbarium.

RG3 Shows Off Fundraising Chops

Everybody knows RG3 can rack up the yards, but it turns out he can rack up the fundraising bucks too, pulling in $33,000 for the American Cancer Society at a luncheon honoring Tanya Snyder, wife of the Redskins owner.

Colorado Lawmakers Set Taxes And Rules For Marijuana Sales

Colorado is set to become the first U.S. state to regulate and tax recreational sales of marijuana, after lawmakers approved several bills that set business standards and taxes. Legislators expect enforcement of the rules to be paid for by two taxes on marijuana — a 15 percent excise tax, and a 10 percent sales tax.

Need A Lift? See Japan's New 'Branomics Bra'

A lingerie company says the bra has a "growth strategy" to help bust Japan's inflation problem.

Great Fake? 'Kiss Cam Breakup' Video Goes Viral

A minor league baseball team captured what looks like a blowup when a young woman's guy wouldn't get off the phone to kiss her. The video's been viewed a more than a million times. Judge for yourself whether this was real or not.

George Washington National Forest Awaits Fracking Decision

The National Forest Service will soon rule on whether fracking will be permitted in the 1 million acre preserve of Virginia's the George Washington National Forest.

Price Break For Cervical Cancer Shots In Developing World

The two makers of HPV vaccines have agreed to lower the prices for their vaccines to less than $5 a shot for low-income countries. The cheaper vaccine may make it easier to vaccinate girls in places where the risk of death from cervical cancer is greatest.

Wrigley: Maybe We Won't Sell Caffeinated Gum After All

No caffeinated chew for you! The Wrigley Company pulled its Alert Energy caffeinated gum off the market after the product roused concern from the Food and Drug Administration.

Maryland Attorney General Says Gun Control Bill Is Constitutional

Attorney General Doug Gansler says the sweeping gun control legislation is legally defensible, giving Gov. Martin O'Malley the green light to sign it next week.

Everton's Moyes To Replace Ferguson At Man United

David Moyes will be succeeding the world's most famous soccer coach. Alex Ferguson announced this week that he'll retire at the end of the season. Moyes has led the English Premier League's Everton club since 2002.

Virginia Gubernatorial Race Briefly Turns To Issues, Though Scandal Looms

The race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli may be about the issues for now, but it's certain to turn ugly later this year.

D.C. Shows 'Promising Beginnings' On Children's Mental Health Issues

When it comes to treating children with mental health issues, D.C. has made progress in some areas, but "bureaucratic fragmentation" has lead to deficiencies in others.

California's Bay Bridge Hits Trouble Ahead Of Opening Day

California transportation officials say it will take more work — and up to $10 million — to get the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge ready for its planned grand opening on Labor Day. A problem arose after 32 massive steel bolts broke when they were tightened to anchor part of the bridge's seismic safety system.

Boston Bombing Suspect's Body Finally 'Entombed,' Police Say

For more than two weeks, a funeral director in Worcester, Mass., had been trying to find a grave yard willing to take Tamerlan Tsarnaev's body. Police there now say a place has been found and that the remains are no longer in Worcester. They have not revealed the location.

Five Reasons Vetoes Have Gone Out Of Style

President Obama may not like the bills Congress considers, but he rarely vetoes them. In fact, Obama has vetoed fewer pieces of legislation than any president since Martin Van Buren. It's not just because Congress is sending him fewer bills.

U.S. Senator Introduces Bill That Would Restrict Abortions In D.C.

A Republican senator wants to prohibit abortions in D.C. after 20 weeks, provoking complaints from city officials that he's imposing his opinion upon D.C. residents.

D.C. Circulator Fares Could Double Under Budget Proposal

Fares for the popular D.C. Circulator bus service could jump from $1 to $2 in cash or $1 to $1.50 with a SmarTrip card, with additional revenues going to pay for an expansion of the service.

Boston's Top Cop: Boost Security, But Avoid 'Police State'

While more training and technology is needed, "we do not, and cannot live in a protective enclosure because of the actions of extremists who seek to disrupt our way of life," Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis tells Congress.

Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 5-Year Low

The news could be another sign that the economy's picked up enough strength to convince employers that it's OK to hold on to workers.

Reports: Cousin Of Boston Suspects Is A 'Prominent Islamist'

Tamerlan Tsarnaev met with the relative in Dagestan last year. Russian investigators want to know whether Magomed Kartashov influenced his cousin or introduced him to others who might have encouraged Tsarnaev to turn to terrorism. Kartashov's lawyer says her client is a preacher, not an extremist.

Cleveland Kidnappings: Horrors Began With Offers Of Rides

The three young women who authorities say were held captive inside a home for about a decade have given police similar accounts of what suspect Ariel Castro allegedly did to trick them into coming with him.

Book News: Hacker Leaks Part Of 'Sex And The City' Author's New Book

Also: poems by New York City taxi drivers; Imelda Marcos and the power of spectacle; and USA Today is losing books staffers.