News Archive - March 21, 2014

73-Year-Old Woman Linked To Alexandria Arsons

Police have arrested Shirley Ann Vigneau, a longtime resident of an apartment complex that has been plagued by fires.

Search Continues For Missing 8-Year-Old Girl

The search continues for the missing 8-year-old D.C. girl. Police now say they've located the vehicle in which she was thought to be traveling.

Georgetown Student Arrested For Ricin Possession

A 19-year-old Georgetown University student has been charged with possession of a biological toxin, and a classmate says the student was obsessed with "Breaking Bad."

As Purple Line Moves Forward, Supporters Convene

A group of Purple Line proponents held its inaugural meeting on Friday, and they fully expect resistance to the light-rail project.

Lawmakers Blame Each Other For Collapse Of Unemployment Benefits Plan

While legislators mull other options, millions of Americans still don't know whether they'll get their unemployment checks.

Man Sought In Attempted Abduction At Potomac Mills Mall

Police say a man choked and attempted to abduct a woman Thursday night in a shopping-mall parking lot.

Obama Meets With Tech CEOs About Privacy

Facebook said its CEO Mark Zuckerberg had an "honest talk" with the president and was "grateful for his ... personal engagement."

Satellites' Scope And The Search For A Plane

Satellites have focused the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on the southern Indian Ocean. But without results yet, the effort also highlights the technology's limitations.

Defense Of 'Whitey' Bulger Has Cost Taxpayers More Than $3 Million

The notorious Boston gangster was given a public defender for his trial. He was found guilty of multiple murders and racketeering by a federal jury in August.

Insurance Chief Suggests Adding A New, Lower Level Of Health Plan

Representing U.S. health insurance companies, Karen Ignagni says she would add a "lower tier" to the Affordable Care Act options. That could entice healthier people to join the law's new risk pools.

Declined: Visa, MasterCard Freeze Out Targeted Russian Banks

The U.S.-based credit card companies responded to sanctions imposed on Moscow in the wake of its annexation of Crimea.

Analysis: National Women's History Museum May Soon Be A Reality

A museum dedicated to women may soon get a spot on the National Mall, in part because Republicans are lining up behind it.

Federal Judge Strikes Down Michigan Gay-Marriage Ban

The state follows Texas and several others who have seen their same-sex marriage prohibitions overturned in court. Michigan's attorney general has said he will appeal the decision.

McAuliffe Approves Extradition Request For Suspect In Three Alexandria Killings

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has approved a request asking West Virginia authorities to extradite a man prosecutors have said is a suspect in three unsolved killings in the city of Alexandria over the past decade.

WATCH: A Big Upset Leads To Some Awesome Dancing

The Mercer Bears, a No. 14 seed, defeated the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils today. It is the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far, which means Mercer was doing some dancing.

Prosecutor David O'Neil To Head Justice's Criminal Division

O'Neil had most recently focused on oversight of criminal cases and white collar fraud investigations as well as the fallout from cascading leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

So You Want To Evade Your Country's Twitter Ban? A Workaround

Governments can block sites that they deem dangerous, and for Turkey, that now includes Twitter. How does it work? And how are Turkish residents using it anyway?

Black Preschoolers Far More Likely To Be Suspended

A new study shows that black students are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school — and that gap begins before grade school.

Former White House Official: Putin Wants 'New Russian Empire'

Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley tell NPR that the U.S. and EU must stick together on sanctions.

Trial Board Continues For D.C. Firefighters, But Daughter Of Deceased Man Kicked Out

The hearing continues today of the five D.C. firefighters who failed to aid a man suffering a heart attack in January, but the press still isn't being let in.

Reports: FBI Agent Who Killed Chechen During Boston Bombing Probe Is Cleared

Twenty-seven-year-old Ibragim Todashev was killed while being questioned by agents in his Orlando home about his friendship with suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

How Your Love Of Burgers May Be Helping To Drive Wildlife Extinct

Many meat-eating animal lovers may not realize that their hankering for hamburgers hurts wildlife. A conservation group says some species have already been driven extinct by the livestock industry.

Down Goes Duke In Biggest Upset So Far

The Blue Devils lost to Mercer University. Harvard, North Dakota State and Dayton are other underdogs who have pulled off surprises. Who's going to be upset next as basketball's March Madness sets in?

Park Service Hopes To Reopen Washington Monument In May

The National Park Service is working to reopen the Washington Monument in May after a lengthy closure to repair damage from an earthquake in 2011.

Thai Court Throws Out Election, Thrusting Country Back Into Limbo

The country's constitutional court says the opposition's boycott of the election, which prevented voting in some constituencies, invalidates the results.

In Hawaii, Sex With A Prostitute May Be Legal For Undercover Cops

Honolulu's police department wants to keep an exemption from arrest that is not included in a proposed state law. Critics say the police don't need to go all the way to break up prostitution rings.

Feathers Fly As Top Turkish Officials Square Off Over Twitter Ban

After Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved to shut down the social media service to quiet opposition, the country's president tweeted his objection to the ban.

National Zoo Saves Sloth Bear Cub After Two Eaten

Animal keepers at the National Zoo have saved a sloth bear cub after two others were eaten by the mother.

Virginia Woman Claims State Sex Offender Registry Is Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court is expected to consider taking up a case today involving a Virginia woman who claims the state's sex offender registry law is unconstitutional.

Maryland Moves To Increase Penalties For Distracted Driving

The Maryland Senate is advancing a measure to increase penalties for distracted driving.

Why 500 Million U.S. Seafood Meals Get Dumped In The Sea

Nine American fisheries together throw overboard as much as 340 million pounds of fish and other species they were not trying to catch, a report finds. Much of it is perfectly edible fish.

Teenage Drinkers Go For High-End Liquor And Cheap Beer, Too

Liquor companies have gotten a lot of heat for marketing sweet, fruity drinks that appeal to underage drinkers. But teens also favor premium vodka and whiskey. Cost isn't always driving choice.

With Primary On The Horizon, New Poll Finds Gray and Bowser Neck And Neck

A new poll commissioned by WAMU's the Kojo Nnamdi Show and the Washington City Paper finds Mayor Vincent Gray and Council member Muriel Bowser tied at 27 percent.

Top Stories: Malaysia Jet Remains Missing; Turkey's Leaders Split On Twitter Ban

Also: As Ukraine moves closer to EU, Putin signs law to annex Crimea; Mt. Gox says it found 200,000 Bitcoins; and a "day of upsets" in college basketball.

Split Decisions: Ukraine Signs Up With EU, Russia Wraps Up Crimea

As the new government in Kiev was initialing a pact with the European Union on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was signing legislation to complete the annexation of Crimea.

Nothing So Far In Search For Debris From Malaysian Jet

The focus remains on an area of the Indian Ocean southwest of Perth, Australia. Teams are looking for objects seen floating in the ocean there in images taken by a satellite last weekend.