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News Archive - July 10, 2013

Arlington State Senator Calls On Virginia Governor To Resign

Fairfax County state Senator Chap Petersen has renewed calls for the resignation of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, citing recent controversies.

Defense Rests In Trial Of Bradley Manning

The defense for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning called their last witnesses on Wednesday,

House GOP: We Won't Consider Senate Immigration Bill

A closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill solidifies the House GOP's opposition to a Senate bill that includes a path to citizenship. One House Republican says there's "almost unanimous agreement" that the bill is "fatally flawed."

Snowden Is A Whistle-Blower, Americans Say In Poll

More than half of American voters in a new Quinnipiac University poll say that Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower, not a traitor. Interviewers asked more than 2,000 people about the National Security Agency contract worker who leaked secret documents about U.S. surveillance.

Do Virginia Voters Show Preference For Native Sons?

Would a native Virginian represent the commonwealth better than someone born elsewhere? It's been an issue on the campaign trail, but historically, Virginia has embraced transplant politicians.

GOP Says, Why Not Delay That Health Care Law, Like, Forever?

The Obama administration's decision to delay an employer insurance requirement in the Affordable Care Act seems like a good idea to Republicans. So good, in fact, that GOP senators and congressmen are saying that the entire health care overhaul should be reconsidered.

Asiana Flight 214: Both Pilots Were Well-Rested, The NTSB Says

The flying pilot had the day off before the flight to San Francisco. He says he got eight hours of sleep and came to the airport six hours before the flight, says National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman. The plane's crash-landing Saturday killed two passengers and injured dozens.

Bros Get Wasted; Girls Get Tipsy: Why Boozy Talk Matters

The words people use to describe their drinking behavior can say a lot about how they perceive drinking, a perception that may not match reality, researchers say. And the language may also reveal risks that may not be obvious to the drinkers themselves.

The Science Of Twinkies: How Do They Last So Darned Long?

When Twinkies hit the stores again on July 15, their shelf life will be nearly twice as long as it used to be: 45 days. (We were surprised it wasn't longer.) There's a whole lot of food science employed to help the creme-filled cake defy the laws of baked-good longevity.

It's Not Just The Middle East With Quirky Booze Laws

Our commenters point out that the Middle East isn't the only place with confusing laws regulating the purchase and consumption of alcohol. Dry counties, wet counties, blue laws and mini-bottles: Jurisdictions across the U.S. also grapple with how to regulate alcohol sales.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty To 30 Federal Counts In Boston

Appearing in the same Boston federal courtroom as many of the victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts Wednesday, including using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings, which killed three people and wounded more than 260.

Artist Clad In Spiderman Costume Honored By D.C. Council

A local artist was recognized by the D.C. Council on Wednesday, and he accepted the honor while dressed as a crime-fighting superhero.

Report: Upside-Down Sensors Toppled Russian Rocket

The "angular velocity sensors" were a critical part of the circuitry that was supposed to keep the rocket upright during launch. A young technician got the installation wrong, according to the site Russian Space Web.

In A First, Unmanned Navy Jet Lands On Aircraft Carrier

The X-47B is an experimental flying wing with a UFO-like profile. Now it's also the first unmanned aerial vehicle to land on an aircraft carrier.

D.C. Council To Vote On Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket Contract

The D.C. Council will vote on a contract for instant scratch-off lottery tickets today, but some legislators say they will vote against it because it doesn't include local partners.

Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies

The former dental surgeon went to prison for a long-running scheme to obtain human bodies and then harvest their tissue for sale. He admitted guilt in 2008 and was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison. He died Sunday of cancer.

U.S. Job Market Seen As X Factor In Fed's Stimulus Plans

The Federal Reserve's policy group says that "a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends."

Landmark Paris Mansion Is Damaged By Fire

The 17th century mansion was once home to the likes of Voltaire and Chopin. It lost part of its roof and a staircase, and notable artwork was damaged by smoke and water.

Smithfield Says Pork Won't Change, But Some Aren't Buying It

Worried about the impact on U.S. consumers, farmers and even taxpayers, some senators expressed qualms about the intentions of Shuanghui International Holdings, a Chinese firm that is buying Smithfield Foods.

That Blows: Cricket's Trumpet-Playing Super-Fan Silenced

Music is a staple at sporting venues around the world (think singing, brass bands, even cowbells). And Billy Cooper's trumpet has been a steady fixture at England's cricketing contests. But not at Trent Bridge, where England faces Australia. The ground doesn't allow instruments. Not everyone's happy. Top cricketers and the media are piping in.

Illinois Is 50th State To Legalize Carrying Concealed Weapons

Lawmakers voted to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is facing a tough re-election fight next year. The Illinois State Police expects to receive 300,000 applications for conceal-carry permits in the first year.

DogTV, The Channel For Stay-At-Home Pups, Is Going National

Launched last year in Southern California, the network is going on DirecTV starting in August. Its programming aims to entertain dogs when their owners are out of the house.

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

When members of a choir sing, their heart rates quickly become synchronized, beating in the same rhythm. Researchers think this may be why singing together is a key part of religious rituals around the world, and such a joy for the singers.

As Zimmerman Trial Nears End, Race 'Permeates The Case'

As the high-profile trial of the man accused in the death of Trayvon Martin nears its end, race hasn't been talked about in the courtroom. But the issue is running through the case, legal experts tell NPR.

Once A Rising GOP Star, Virginia's Governor Hits The Skids

Not so long ago, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was one of the GOP's hottest national prospects. Now it appears his political career has crashed and burned.

Live From Mecca, It's Ramadan

Sounds and images from the Grand Mosque in Mecca, the holy city in Saudi Arabia that is closed to non-Muslim visitors, are streaming live online, depicting pilgrims' visits for Ramadan.

Despite Youth Support, Democrats Having A Senior Moment

For a party that's running up big margins with younger voters, Democrats are awfully gray at the top.

Libertarian Activist Arrested After Loading Shotgun During D.C. Protest

Adam Kokesh, a libertarian activist, was arrested Tuesday evening after a videotape surfaced showing him loading a shotgun during a D.C. protest on Independence Day.

Debate: How Much Authority Should D.C.'s Attorney General Have?

Next year D.C. voters will finally get to elect their attorney general. But a debate has flared up over just how much authority the office should have.

Bethesda, Gaithersburg And Frederick Top List Of America's Safest Places To Live

In terms of factors ranging from economic stability and housing prices to crime rates and natural disasters, the Maryland communities ranked higher than any other place in the U.S. for safe living. 

D.C. Looking Into Safety Improvements For Florida Avenue NE

City officials are considering measures to slow traffic along a stretch of Florida Avenue NE from New York Avenue to H Street.

Hey, It's Not A Burglar, It's A 19-Foot Python

The ransacking of a charity store in Australia by a suspected burglar with a bad case of stomach flu had investigators puzzled — until a store employee discovered the 37-pound culprit.

Apple Conspired To Set E-Book Prices, Judge Rules

The high tech giant was accused of colluding with publishers. On Wednesday, a judge agreed that Apple had acted improperly. The company argues that it engaged in hard-fought negotiations with the other companies. It will appeal the ruling.

Catholics Split Again On Coverage For Birth Control

Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the federal health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it. The groups remain divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with contraceptives.

Tax Break Can Help With Health Coverage, But There's A Catch

People with lower incomes can get help paying for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. But buyer beware: the two options, tax credits and subsidies, work differently. People whose income goes up could end up having to pay back some of those tax credits.

Royals In Nappies: A Family Album

The photographers are already camping out ahead of the expected birth this month of Britain's third in line to the throne. As we wait for that highly anticipated first photo, here's a look back at a few other babies who made a royal entrance.

VIDEO: Rare Clip Reveals Roosevelt's Use Of Wheelchair

The press and the president's aides kept the public from seeing that he often used a wheelchair to move around. Cameras were blocked. But an Indiana college professor came across 8 seconds worth of film that documents FDR's use of a wheelchair.

Utah Internet Firm Defies State's Warrantless Subpoena Law

An Internet service provider is refusing to turn over customer information in response to a subpoena. It's part of a larger tug-of-war over how much access law enforcement should have to customer data.

Reports: Egypt Orders Arrest Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader

Security officials and state television are saying that prosecutors want to take Mohammed Badie and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders into custody. They're reportedly to be accused of inciting violence. This isn't the first time it's been reported that he had been or would be taken into custody.

Book News: 'Ender's Game' Author Responds To Boycott Threats

Also: Amazon launches a comics imprint; Reed Johnson on an uncrackable medieval code; a Colorado state Senate candidate writes erotica.

Boston Bombings Suspect To Appear, Survivors To Be In Court

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be appearing in public for the first time since he was captured on April 19. He's due to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in a Boston courtroom.