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Additional Tests Delay Start Of Silver Line Service

The completion of the Silver Line has been delayed again.

The agency building the Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner says additional tests are needed on Phase 1 of the Silver Line. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says it is working on software updates related to safety technology that will take several weeks to complete.

Phase I to Reston has been delayed once already — for eight weeks. This second delay likely will push the handover of the project to Metro into next year, possibly delaying the opening of the Silver Line into late winter or early spring.

The initial estimate had been that passengers would be riding the Silver Line by the end of 2013.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.
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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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