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Montgomery County To Participate In 'Prescription Drug Take-Back Day'

Next Saturday, Oct. 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and police departments from around the region are participating.

Police in the region will until accept unwanted prescription medication between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Residents can drop unused, unwanted, or expired drugs off at police stations in Gaithersburg, Chevy Chase, Wheaton, Germantown, and Silver Spring. Illicit drugs and needles will not be accepted.

Those unable to drop the drugs off in person with police can still dispose of them at home. But police warn residents to put the meds into sealed plastic bags, and mix kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grinds with liquid medication in order for it to solidify so anyone who may take the drugs out the trash can not use it.

Residents are also urged to remove any personal information that is listed on pill bottles.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

It sounds like science fiction, but it's a very real and contentious debate that is making its way through the U.N. Advocates of a ban want all military weapons to be under "meaningful human control."

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