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Roadway Deaths Up In D.C., Down Nationwide

Deaths on the nation's roadways fell during the first half of the year, according to preliminary federal data.

Traffic fatalities dropped more than four percent in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2012, according to an early report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 15,000 people were killed in crashes across the country. 

In Washington, the number increased from 16 deaths in the first ten months of 2012 to 23 during the same period this year.  But the long-term trend in the District is on the way down. More than 60 people a year died in crashes in the late 1990s.  In 2001, the figure hit 72 and by 2010 it had fallen to 25.

Nineteen people were killed in crashes in D.C. last year.

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.
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Despite The Drought, California Farms See Record Sales In 2014

While the drought has put a strain on California agriculture, its farms actually set a record for total sales — $54 billion — in 2014. How? By pumping more water from their wells.
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The Politics Hour - August 28, 2015

We chat with D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier about the city's strategy to combat the spike in violent crime taking place in the nation's capital.

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New Tesla Breaks Consumer Reports' Ratings Scale, Bolsters Company's Stock

"It kind of broke the system," says Jake Fisher, director of the magazine's auto test division. Tesla's stock rose 8 percent Thursday.

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