News Archive - May 12, 2013

Montgomery County Collects Over 100 Unwanted Guns

The county's first gun turn-in program brought in a total of 111 guns, loads of ammunition—and a grenade and a sword.

Lawmakers Battle Over Virginia's Online Sales Tax Bill

Revenue that Virginia officials were anticipating from online sales tax legislation is now in doubt.

Seth Meyers Named Host Of NBC's 'Late Night'

He takes over from Jimmy Fallon, who's tapped to replace Jay Leno on the Tonight show. Meyers, the longtime SNL cast member who anchors the show's "Weekend Update" segment, will take the 12:35 a.m. segment from Fallon.

Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Treated human waste has been used on farmland for decades, but the ick factor has not entirely faded. Some environmentalists think the treatment process may not get rid of all the harmful contaminants that could be in the waste.

Delaware Governor Signs Same-Sex Marriage Into Law

A newly passed piece of legislation makes Delaware the 11th state in the country to allow same sex couples to marry.

Arlington Reconsiders Food Truck Hours

Food truck owners in Arlington are hoping to stay longer and later to serve their customers.

Banksy Mural May Be Coming To U.S. After All

The stencil of a young boy sewing the Union Jack is the centerpiece of an exhibition in London, after which it will head to the U.S. where it is to be part of a private collection. Organizers say Slave Labour is not being put up for sale, but residents of the London neighborhood from which it disappeared want it back.

D.C. Lawmaker Says Low Wages Are Costly To Taxpayers

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is accusing federal contractors of costing taxpayers money by paying many employees low wages.

Control Towers At Local Airports Will Remain Open Through September

The Transportation Department has decided to keep 149 control towers, including some in Maryland and Virginia, open longer than originally planned.

Dominion Virginia Power Considers Rate Increase

Regulators will be holding a public hearing on June 18 to allow Dominion customers a chance to weigh in on the possible rate hike.

Free On Mother's Day, Former Captives Ask For Time, Privacy

The three women who were rescued from years of captivity in a house in Cleveland released a statement on this Mother's Day to let their supporters know that they're glad to be home. They also asked for privacy and time to reconnect with their families.

Turkey Arrests Nine In Investigation Of Deadly Bombings

In Turkey, officials have arrested nine people in connection to what authorities say were two car bombs that killed 46 people near the Syrian border Saturday. Turkish officials say the suspects are Turkish civilians who are loyal to the Syrian regime.

Pakistan Elections: Sharif Victory Seen, Completing Comeback

Nearly 14 years after being ousted from power by a military coup, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is poised to lead the country once again. The victory would mark a distinct turnabout for Sharif, who was toppled in 1999 and replaced by Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

U.S. Gas Prices Expected To Remain Low For Summer

Drivers will find this summer's gas prices are lower than last year's, the result of a spike in crude oil production. Government forecasters say a gallon of regular gasoline will cost about $3.50 this summer — a slide of more than 10 cents from last year.

Syrian Rebels Release U.N. Peacekeepers Near Golan Heights

Four Filipino peacekeepers are now free, days after being abducted by Syrian rebels. They had been patrolling an area that divides Syria and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Rebels from the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade said the four had been held for their own protection. But Filipino officials say they were used as human shields.