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In Annual Wall Street Visit, D.C. Leaders To Make Case For Higher Bond Rating

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are making their annual trip to New York to meet with the three bond rating agencies.

The city's bond ratings have improved steadily since the mid-1990s, when Congress was forced to take over the bankrupt District government.

Gray will argue that the city is due for an upgrade in part because of three consecutive budget surpluses. Most of that money has gone toward bolstering the city's reserve fund, which now has a record $1.75 billion. Gray, a Democrat, is seeking re-election and has made fiscal stability a priority.

Improved bond ratings would mean lower interest rates when the city borrows money.

The mayor and the District's new chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, will depart for New York on Tuesday.

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'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
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Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
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The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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