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News Archive - October 25, 2013

D.C.'s Financial Fallout From Government Shutdown Still Unclear

D.C. officials are still assessing the fallout from the partial government shutdown earlier this month, but the exact fiscal tally is still forthcoming.

Several People Injured Outside Howard University's Yardfest

A "mass casualty task force" has been dispatched to Howard University after a report that multiple patients had been trampled at the school's Yardfest concert.

In Calif., Hundreds March To Protest Fatal Police Shooting Of Boy

Police say they mistook a toy gun for a real AK-47. They shot 13-year-old Andy Lopez seven times. He died on the scene.

JPMorgan Chase Settles With Housing Regulator For $5.1 Billion

The settlement is one piece of a $13 billion settlement related to wrongdoing during the housing crisis. The bank said this piece was an important step toward a broader resolution of wrongdoing allegations over the bank's sale of mortgage-backed securities.

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

New data suggest that even modest increases in blood sugar among people in their 50s, 60s and 70s can have a negative influence on memory. To control blood sugar, what you eat is important.

United Slapped With $1.1 Million Fine Over Tarmac Delays

The Department of Transportation said that 13 United Airlines planes sat on a Chicago O'Hare tarmac for more than three hours. One of the planes stranded passengers for more than four hours.

Maryland Delegate Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail For DWI Incidents

A troubled Republican lawmaker in Maryland will serve jail time after pleading guilty to two alcohol-related offenses.

Metro To Open Early For Marine Corps Marathon

The only Metro line hit by track work this weekend is the Orange Line. And on Sunday, the system will open early for the the Marine Corps Marathon.

Analysis: Gansler's Beach Party, Marijuana Decriminalization And Virginia's Governor's Race

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney weighs in on the biggest news around the region, including the push to decriminalize marijuana in D.C. and the waning days of Virginia's gubernatorial race.

Case Of 'Little Maria' Is Solved, Bulgarian Romas Are Her Parents

The Bulgarian couple said they had no money to feed Maria, so they gave her to the couple charged with abducting her.

'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but Ready for Hillary has been revving up for months. On Thursday, it earned the support of billionaire investor George Soros, who joined the superPAC that's backing a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016.

Maryland's Debate Over Minimum Wage Could Complicate Plans In D.C. Suburbs

The Maryland General Assembly will likely debate a bill next year that would raise the minimum wage to $10, but that could complicate plans in some D.C. suburbs to raise it even further.

What If Husbands Had A GPS To Help Wives With Breast Cancer?

Imagine a device that would help men correct course when they mess up while trying to support the women they love. One breast cancer husband who did just about everything wrong when his wife was diagnosed says he would have welcomed a little back-seat driving.

Analysis: Budget Deal Temporarily Halts Eisenhower Memorial

David Hawkings explains why the government shutdown deal temporarily stopped funding for a memorial to former President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

The chemicals used in some 3-D printers can be toxic to humans. So researchers are looking to use naturally occurring vitamin B2 instead. They have already been able to make intricate, microscopic structures with the vitamin-rich material.

Administration: A Month Needed To Fix Obamacare Enrollment Site

The administration official put in charge of fixing the HealthCare.gov site says it will be running "smoothly" by the end of November.

San Francisco Kitchen Lends Low-Income Food Entrepreneurs A Hand

Tech startups aren't the only businesses incubated in Northern California. Since 2005, the nonprofit group La Cocina, Spanish for "kitchen," has been providing equipment, mentoring and access to capital to promising small food businesses in the Bay Area.

Botched Restoration Of Temple Frescoes Sparks Outrage In China

The new paintings in Yunjie temple in Chaoyang, northeast of Beijing, have obliterated intricate 270-year-old artwork.

Why Hiking The Age For Medicare Eligibility Wouldn't Save Much

The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.

Tech Week: U.S. Spying, Health Site Blame Game And New iPads

In this week's tech roundup, the revelations from Edward Snowden that the U.S. spied on its global allies, the Apple iPad event and the ongoing fallout over HealthCare.gov, a system one source described as "too big to succeed."

Unsealed Documents Shine Light On JonBenet Murder Case

The prosecutor in the case of the murdered 6-year-old pageant queen refused to sign the indictment charging her parents with two counts each of child abuse.

Gray Backs Bill Decriminalizing Possession Of Small Amounts Of Marijuana

With a majority of the D.C. Council and now Mayor Vincent Gray behind it, a bill decriminalizing marijuana is looking like a done deal.

Does Bacon Really Make Everything Better? Here's The Math

A number-crunching project that sifted through hundreds of thousands of recipes and user reviews finds something pork lovers have long known: Bacon does seem to take many dishes up a notch. But it's not the only "miracle" ingredient when it comes to boosting your food's flavor.

Bi-County Parkway Opponents Say Delays Prove That Project Is Fatally Flawed

Opponents of the Bi-County Parkway say that delays in the controversial project aren't due to the federal government, but rather because of fatal flaws in the proposal itself.

At Debate, McAuliffe And Cuccinelli Spar Over Signature Issues

With only two weeks left until Election Day, Virginia's gubernatorial contenders went back and forth on everything from jobs to gun control.

Restaurant Owners Weigh In Against Wage Increase In Montgomery County

A number of Montgomery County restaurant owners said that a minimum wage of $11.50 an hour would force them to raise prices and layoff workers.

Friday Morning Political Mix: Monkeys, Donkeys and the NSA

Republicans see opportunity in using House hearings to discredit health care overhaul, while Democrats charge opponents with rooting for Obamacare's failure instead of looking for a fix

Nigerian Rebels Reportedly Contact Pirates Who Seized U.S. Crew

An email purportedly confirms the two men were captured off the coast of the Nigerian town of Brass, but there was no immediate word of demands or a ransom.

World Headlines: A Chinese Trial; The Syrian War Spills Over

There's more on the NSA and its activities in Europe. And from Nigeria, a story on outrage over government spending.

Norway Says It Can't Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

Oslo says the country doesn't have a port that could take the weapons and that it lacks the capacity to treat some of the waste products from disarming the munitions.

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

At a summit in Brussels, European leaders issued a statement saying alleged snooping could damage relations with the U.S. and that "a lack of trust could prejudice the necessary cooperation in the field of intelligence-gathering."