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Thieves Make Off With Elephant Tusks, Gift To D.C. From Ethiopian Emperor

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D.C. Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down a set of ivory tusks stolen from the Wilson Building in August of last year.

The elephant tusks were given to the city as a gift from the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I during a world tour in 1954.

Police report that the tusks were stolen some time between Aug. 12 and Aug. 27, when the theft was discovered. As to why the announcement was made today, months after the robbery was discovered, police spokeswoman Saray Leon declined to comment.

There's a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction. Those with information are urged to send in their tip to D.C. Crime Solvers.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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