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After Years Of Declines, D.C. Homicide Rate Ticks Up

The number of homicides is up this year in the District of Columbia, even excluding the 12 victims of the Washington Navy Yard rampage in September.

Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the issue Wednesday, saying officials are disappointed whenever the homicide rate does not go down.

There have been 103 homicides as of Wednesday, up from 82 at the same time last year. There were 88 homicides in all of 2012, the first time in a half century that the number of homicides in D.C. fell below 100.

This year's total includes the 12 people killed at the Navy Yard on Sept. 16. Gunman Aaron Alexis was killed by police.

Deputy Mayor Paul Quander says without that shooting, the city could potentially have ended 2013 with fewer than 100 homicides.

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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