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Pepco Says It's Ready To Respond To Any Snow-Related Outages

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Pepco is keeping a close eye on the storm, and the power company says it's ready to bring in reinforcements if the electrical lines start to go down.

Pepco says in addition to the 150 workers ready to fix the lines, the company is already in touch with nearly 500 outside contractors who can help work on the system if the power starts go out.

Pepco, no stranger to weather-related power outages, says that there are several concerns with today's storm: heavy, wet snow can weigh down tree limbs, which can take down power lines when the limbs snap off. Additionally, outages can take place when cars skid off the rode and ram into utility poles.

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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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