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News Archive - August 2, 2013

Ocean City Tourism On The Decline

Ocean City tourism numbers are down a bit this summer, according to a recently released travel report. But the data also indicates Maryland and Delaware beaches are faring much better than those on the Jersey Shore.

State Department Issues Travel Warning

State Department officials are issuing travel warnings at D.C.'s international airports to those heading to the Middle East.

Thousands Of U.S. Park Police Guns Unaccounted For, Report Finds

Thousands of guns owned by the U.S. Park Police, including rifles and machine guns, have gone missing over the last decade, according to an inspector's report.

Jury Rejects Death Penalty For Somali Pirates

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty for the three men convicted of murder, piracy and kidnapping in the 2011 seizure of a yacht off the coast of Oman.

Potential Whitey Bulger Witness Was Poisoned

Authorities say Stephen "Stippo" Rakes was poisoned by a man who owed him money and had no connection to James "Whitey" Bulger.

Congressional Recess Isn't A Cease-Fire; It's A Chance To Reload

The idea of compromise has vanished from Congress. And there were no signs Friday that anything will be different when it returns in September from its five-week break.

Supreme Court Denies California Delay On Prisoner Release

In 2011, the justices ordered the state to release 10,000 inmates to relieve prison overcrowding that they deemed "cruel and unusual punishment".

Analysis: McDonnell's Donor Scandal Could Affect Virginia Governor's Race

Robert McCartney talks about the latest behind Gov. Bob McDonnell's donor scandal and Pepco's upcoming rate hike in Montgomery County.

Two Orange Line Stations Closed This Weekend

Weekend track work abounds this weekend, but station closings will only afflict those riding on the Orange Line.

Research Says: Actually, Where You Go To College Matters

Researchers say that blacks and Latinos are underrepresented at the nation's top universities but overrepresented at open-access colleges.

House Votes To Quash Obamacare, For The 40th Time

Like the previous 39 times, this is a symbolic measure, because the Democratic-controlled Senate will not take up the measure.

Could Hotter Temperatures From Climate Change Boost Violence?

In one analysis, economists predict that extreme weather could boost the number of international conflicts by as much as 50 percent by 2050. Higher temperatures might also increase the rates of murder, rapes and domestic violence, they say because aggression seems to rise with the mercury.

Analysis: Lawmakers Reach Solution On Health Care Exchanges For Members

David Hawkings talks about the latest behind health care coverage for members and their aides, and what lawmakers have accomplished before the August recess.

Tech Week That Was: Suspicious Searches, Def Con And Moto X

A look back at the stories in technology and culture this week, including a dubious claim that a search for "pressure cookers" led police to a writer's door, the long-awaited report on MIT and Aaron Swartz, and the more amusing ideas in innovation.

Ohio: 74 Police Officers Face Punishment In Deadly Car Chase

Cleveland officials released details Friday from a review of the 19-mile pursuit that ended in two deaths last fall. City leaders say 74 officers acted outside of the rules in the chase, in which the police fired 137 shots.

That Face-Lift May Buy You Only Three Years Of Youth

There's little research objectively measuring the aesthetic benefits of cosmetic surgery. In one study, people were considered by outside observers to be no more attractive after having face-lifts and other procedures, though they were judged to look a bit younger.

D.C. National Guard Jets Collide In Mid-Air, One Pilot Forced To Eject

The Coast Guard says it rescued an Air National Guard pilot after his jet was involved in a mid-air collision and he ejected from his aircraft approximately 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

WATCH: So Cute! Baby Elephant Splashes In Kiddie Pool

Belle weighed in at 300 pounds and is the second elephant birth at the 104-year-old Fort Worth Zoo.

Whitey Bulger Decides Not To Take The Stand

Called a "coward" by the wife of an alleged victim, Bulger said he would not testify because his trial was a "sham."

U.S. Job Growth Slows A Bit As Wages Shrink

While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.

Nepal To Clamp Down On Everest Expeditions

The government says it will more closely scrutinize climbing teams following an embarrassing brawl this year between European climbers and their Sherpa guides.

Fight Over Bi-County Parkway Hinges On What Exactly The Bi-County Parkway Is

Supporters of the proposed Bi-County Parkway says it's a typical divided highway, but opponents portray it as a big step towards a 45-mile sprawl-inducing "outer beltway."

Rising Test Scores Spark Renewed Interest In Longer D.C. School Days

D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson says that new test scores prove that longer school day may have to be adopted citywide.

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

The State Department said it was concerned about possible attacks against U.S. citizens and interests by al-Qaida.

FDA Approves Gluten-Free Label

The FDA's new rule says gluten-free food can't contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten. Most products on the market with the label already meet that standard.

With Business Unfinished, Congress Leaves Town For Summer Recess

Local lawmakers are unhappy that Congress is taking August off, especially as sequestration continues to affect life in the region.

Giant Lion May Be King Of All Football Field Logos

A newly outsized logo is part of a Texas college's broader plan to change the fortunes of its football team. The Lions of Texas A&M University-Commerce won only a single game last year.

New Transportation Secretary Wants To Maintain Federal Funding For Metro

Anthony Foxx said that he and President Obama share the goal of maintaining the nation's infrastructure, including mass transit systems like Metro.

Baby Born On Metro Station Platform Gets A Free Ride

Metro General Manager Richard Sarles sent a hand-written note and $100 SmarTrip card to Shavonnte Taylor, who gave birth to a baby boy on the platform of the L'Enfant station on Thursday.

Postmaster: We Photograph Your Mail, But Not To Snoop

The head of the U.S. Postal Service says the exterior of billions of pieces of mail are photographed and that the information is sometimes shared with law enforcement.

U.S. Unemployment Sinks To 7.4 Percent; 162,000 Jobs Added In July

America's unemployment rate sank to 7.4 percent in July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, beating expectations. But nonfarm payrolls increased by only 162,000 jobs, coming in below projections.

Could North Carolina Lead A 'Red-State Resurgence'?

After more than a century of Democratic domination, Republicans hold the governorship and supermajorities in the North Carolina Legislature. They've slashed taxes, imposed voter ID restrictions and changed death penalty rules. Some citizens are angry. And Democrats say the GOP has overplayed its hand.

Snowden Has Job Offers, Place To Live, Russian Lawyer Says

NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who spent more than a month at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport before being granted a one-year asylum Thursday, has picked out a place to live, his Russian attorney says.

Book News: Battle Rages On In Amazon Vs. Overstock Price War

Also, Orhan Pamuk on the novel, Sherman Alexie on having his book banned; Kelly Clarkson bought a ring owned by Jane Austen but can't take it out of the U.K.

U.S. Embassies To Close Sunday, And Possibly Beyond, For Safety

Few details have emerged about the U.S. plan to shut down embassies that would normally be open this Sunday. A senior State Department official says that the U.S. facilities may close for more days, as well. The closures are described as "precautionary steps" taken "out of an abundance of caution."

Elderly Couple's Tale Of Abuse Not So Uncommon

The day Jeannie Beidler came home to find her grandparents decaying in their own waste was the saddest day of her life. I