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News Archive - October 29, 2013

Man Wanted For Two Sexual Assaults In Prince George's County

Prince George's County police are on the hunt for a man wanted in a string of sexual assaults on Tuesday afternoon.

Montgomery County Council Votes To Restore Tax Credit

In a sign of renewed confidence amongst local lawmakers, the Montgomery County Council voted to restore an earn income tax credit over the next several years.

Plan To Save Virginia's Dyke Marsh Gets $25M Boost

New Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel was in Northern Virginia on Tuesday to announce a $25 million rescue package to go towards saving Dyke Marsh.

Oneida Indian Nation To Meet With NFL Wednesday On Redskins Name

After an oft-discussed radio ad campaign targeting the Washington Redskins, representatives with the Oneida Indian Nation will meet with the NFL.

French Hostages Held In West Africa Since 2010 Win Freedom

The four, captives of an al-Qaida affiliate, will be on their way home soon, French President Francois Hollande says. They had been held since their capture at a uranium mining operation in Niger.

For Somali Immigrants, All Politics Really Is Local

Minneapolis is home to the largest population of Somali Americans in the nation. Next week, they may see one of their own elected to the City Council for the first time.

Alabama Agrees To Permanently Gut Immigration Law

Opponents of Alabama's strict immigration law are declaring victory Tuesday, as the state agrees not to pursue key provisions of a measure critics called an endorsement of racial profiling. Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state's appeal of a ruling that effectively blocked the law.

WATCH: BBC News Introduces The 'Hexacopter'

The BBC promises the drone will "transform the way TV news looks in the future."

Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter

Farmers and small processors are marketing local canned and dry goods under the CSA model. They call small batch food processing "back-breaking work." But many of them are in it to build their local food economy.

McAuliffe Criticizes Cuccinelli On Domestic Abuse

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe continues to hit Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli on women's issues — most recently his failure to back an effort to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.

Bloomberg's New Colorado Play: $1 Million For Tax Measure

Less than two months after playing a starring role in two recall elections in Colorado, Michael Bloomberg has contributed $1 million to another campaign in the state. He's backing a ballot measure that would increase income taxes to provide funds for a new public school financing system.

Report Details Industry's 'Cutthroat' Fight Of Miners' Claims

The Center for Public Integrity found miners face a concerted industry effort to deny compensation payments, which includes industry-hired lawyers withholding evidence favorable to miners and doctors at a major university "helping to defeat the claims of sick miners."

New Commission Created In Wake Of Disabled Maryland Man's Death

A commission has been created to improve understanding of the issues faced by disabled Maryland citizens in the wake of the accidental death of Robert "Ethan" Saylor.

For A Longer Life, You Might Try Mowing The Lawn

Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.

U.S. Did Not Spy On French, Spanish Citizens, Says Spy Chief

Gen. Keith Alexander also said the information was collected in conjunction with European governments.

Texas Asks Court To Reinstate Abortion Restrictions

The request follows a district court ruling on Monday that found the state's new law unconstitutional and said it imposed an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

U.N. Condemns U.S. Embargo Of Cuba, Again

In a vote that has become something of a tradition, only one country in the U.N. General Assembly agreed with the United States that its embargo of Cuba should continue. The final count in the vote was 188-2.

'We Hurt A Lot Of People,' Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Says

Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."

Two Kenyan Soldiers Jailed For Looting During Mall Siege

This is a major blow to the military, which was one of the country's most admired organizations.

Woman On Bridge Of Costa Concordia Says She Was Captain's Lover

Prosecutors say the Moldovan dancer's presence on the ship at the time of its crash may have been a distraction to the captain.

With Homeless Population Rising, D.C. Officials Work To Find Solutions

With more families expected to become homeless this year, D.C. officials and advocates for the homeless are meeting today to find temporary and permanent housing solutions.

Meet The Mom Who Shamed A Pumpkin Thief

When Becky Reina discovered that someone had taken a pumpkin carved for her 2-year-old son, she put a sign on her porch to tell the thief just what she thought. The photo's gotten quite a bit of attention. She hopes the person responsible feels bad about it now.

3 Charts (And A Few Words) On The Rise Of Electric Bikes

Bicycle sales held steady over a six-year period in the European Union, but sales of electric bikes soared. In places like the Netherlands, electric bikes are already the most important sales segment. Overall sales are still low, but their popularity is growing around the world.

A Japanese iPhone Gadget Teases The Tummy With Food Smells

Scentee draws power from an iPhone to blast you with the smell of hearty meat or lavender. But could the synthetic smell of meat trick your brain into thinking you're eating meat instead of plain rice?

Obama Aide Apologizes For HealthCare.gov's Troubled Launch

"I want to apologize to you that the website has not worked as well as it should," the chief of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tells Americans. She also promises it will be fixed and running smoothly by the end of November. Republicans have their doubts.

Long Shot Could Play Spoiler Role In Kentucky Senate Race

If Democrat turned independent Ed Marksberry is able to capture even a small percentage of the anti-Mitch McConnell vote, that could spell trouble in a red state where Democrats have little room for error.

WATCH: Surfers Ride Towering Waves In Portugal

The waves in Nazaré were caused by a huge storm pummeling Europe. There are claims of broken records, but those things are hard to verify.

Jesse Jackson Jr. Begins Prison Term Several Days Early

The former Illinois congressman apparently tried to turn himself in to federal prison officials Monday — but he was four days early, setting off some confusion. The official deadline for his surrender had been set for Friday.

Short-Term Insurance Skirts Health Law To Cut Costs

Plans offering coverage that lasts 364 days can cost half as much as those that are in force for a year. But the savings may be illusory for people who need care for injuries or illnesses because the coverage can be skimpier.

Startups Try To Reroute Food Waste To The Hungry

Forty percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten each year. The major problem is also a major opportunity for startups like Food Cowboy and CropMobster, which are trying to cash in by connecting sellers of excess food to people in need of it.

READ: Bipartisan Bill To End NSA's Domestic Bulk Collection

Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy are sponsoring the legislation. There has been anger from both major parties about how the National Security Agency vacuumed up data from Americans' phone calls and emails.

Police Seek Suspects In Tiananmen Car Crash

While the government isn't saying much, the crash may be tied to a restive area of China. Authorities have not classified the crash, which killed five and injured dozens, as an attack.

How You Handle Screen, Technology Time With Your Kids

NPR readers wrote in to share how they're dealing with the technology tension in modern parenting — raising technologically adept kids without making them technologically dependent.

Virginia Attorney General Warns Of Obamacare-Related Scams

The Virginia Attorney General’s office is warning consumers that scams to entice people as they seek to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are cropping up around the U.S.

How A Wandering Brain Can Help People Cope With Pain

Prescription painkillers don't work for many people, and some people are helped by treatments like meditation that don't rely on drugs. The varied responses may stem from fundamental differences in how people's brains react to pain. Some minds can wander away from pain, while others just can't turn away.

Federal Budget Uncertainty May Shortchange Maryland's Purple Line

Maryland officials are hoping to receive federal dollars to cover the costs of the $2.2 billion Purple Line, but uncertainty over the federal budget might make those dollars scarce.

Court To Consider Class Action Status For Va. Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit

Lawyers for the two Shenandoah Valley couples who filed the lawsuit are asking a federal judge to certify the case as a class action representing all same-sex couples in Virginia.

Talk To The Head Honcho; He Speaks Japanese

While "honcho" is often mistakenly believed to have Spanish origins, it actually traces its roots to American soldiers who fought in the Pacific during World War II.

D.C. To Begin Controversial Process Of Redrawing School Boundaries

The District is looking to revise school boundaries and feeder patterns, a process that's likely to stir controversy.

Consumer Confidence Fell Sharply This Month; Shutdown Blamed

The 16-day partial closing of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington combined to make many Americans nervous, the private Conference Board says. On the plus side, home prices continue to rise across the nation.

World Headlines: Trains Under Bosphorous; Loans To Yakuza

An Egyptian kung fu champion is suspended for supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi. Also, Japanese financial regulators examined the records of three major banks. And a tunnel now connects the Asian and European parts of Istanbul.

Sriracha Factory Under Fire For Fumes; City Sues

Some people in Irwindale, Calif., say the smells coming from the factory where the hot sauce is made are very irritating. They report burning eyes, sore throats and headaches. So the city has asked a judge to order a halt in production until a fix can be found.

Police Arrest 90 After Second Night Of Violent Protests In Brazil

Since the demonstrations flared in the summer, confrontations with police have become a daily occurrence. Overnight, protesters burned buses and tractor trailers.

Tuesday Political Mix: Obamacare Official In The Batter's Box

The 2014 mid-term elections right now look like they could be a battle over the shutdown and Obamacare... a federal judge stopped parts of a Texas abortion law that would have decreased access to the procedure... Ohio's GOP Gov. Kasich defies his party to defend the social safety net for the poor.

That's Not What She Said? 7 Quotes You May Be Getting Wrong

Did Winston Churchill say, "You can always count on the American people to do the right thing, after they have exhausted all other possibilities"? Take our quiz to find out.

Red Sox Lead Series 3-2, But .733 Is The Stunning Number

Boston's David Ortiz is flirting with a World Series record. He's got 11 hits in 15 at-bats. That .733 batting average eclipses the rest of his team's. Boston players not named Ortiz are hitting .144. The Sox could wrap up the championship Wednesday. St. Louis hopes to extend the Series to a Game 7.