News Archive - April 1, 2014

Bowser Defeats Gray In D.C. Democratic Primary

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D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser capitalized on the ongoing federal investigation into Mayor Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign to defeat him in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Tractors Roll Into Annapolis To Protest Wind Farm Bill

The Maryland statehouse in Annapolis was paid a visit by two tractors, whose drivers stood opposed to a pending bill that would stall a wind-farm project.

D.C. Police No Closer To Finding Missing Girl Relisha Rudd

After days of searching, D.C. police found the body of Relisha Rudd's alleged abductor, but have yet to locate the 8-year-old in question.

Primary Scenes: Wells Is Sure That He's Not Sure About Anything

Tommy Wells is sure about one thing: there's nothing to be sure about in this election.

Speaking outside the Waterfront Metro station in Southwest, Wells said that the reportedly low turnout is making it difficult to know exactly how the results will pan out after the polls close.


Massive Quake Off Chile Triggers Tsunami Warning

The United States Geological Survey says the quake measured 8.2. Chile ordered an evacuation of its coastal areas.

Primary Scenes: Shallal Hopes Voters 'Listen To Their Heart'

Restaurant owner Andy Shallal isn't throwing in the towel just yet.

Congress Sends Ukraine Aid, Russia Sanctions Bill To White House

After weeks of wrangling and in a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress approved a bill calling for $1 billion in aid to Ukraine and new sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea.

School For Making Toast: The Best Food Fooling 2014

The San Francisco Cooking School invited us to explore the "wonder" of sliced bread, and perfect techniques for light to extra dark toast. Would you pay to learn the secrets of fancy toast?

Primary Scenes: Not Old Enough To Vote, But Never Too Young To Learn

You have to be 18 to vote in D.C., but you can be any age to learn about voting. At least that's what Lisa Jensen thinks.

Jensen is a third grade teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Chevy Chase, and this afternoon she took her class on a tour of Precinct 51, the polling place locate...

Mother Of Victim: More Killed By GM Ignition Switch Defect

Laura Christian, the birth mother of Amber Marie Rose, who was killed in an accident linked to the problem, says she's identified at least 29 victims.

New York Student Is Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools

The odds of something like that happening are astronomic for even the brightest students in the United States, but Kwasi Enin, a first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., has a lot going for him.

It's Official: Americans Are Floating In A Pool Of Ranch Dressing

What the heck did we put on salad, wings, chips and pizza crust before ranch flavor was invented? If you were born after the 1970s, you probably don't remember.

Review Finds Mammography's Benefits Overplayed, Harms Dismissed

Mammograms can prevent breast cancer deaths, but each woman's benefit or harm will vary based on her age and underlying cancer risks, a study finds. More individualized advice would help.

Chicago Mayor Could Face Tough Re-Election Challenge

Will Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former top aide to President Obama, find himself facing a challenge from another politician who was once close to Obama?

Not An April Fools' Joke: Russians Petition To Get Alaska Back

After Crimea, is Alaska next? A petition on the White House website calling for just that has more than 37,000 signatures.

Conservative Media Watchdog: Univision, Telemundo Favor Liberals

The Media Research Center says its survey shows that news stories on the nation's Spanish-language television networks are dominated by partisans on the left — and conservatives should be concerned.

As Peace Talks Falter, Kerry Cancels Meeting With Abbas

John Kerry made the announcement after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas asked to join international organizations, a move that is opposed by the U.S. and Israel.

Obama: The Affordable Care Act Is Working, 'Helping People... Coast To Coast'

President Obama gave an impassioned defense of his signature legislation after announcing 7.1 million Americans had signed up by the end of the law's first open enrollment.

GM CEO Barra Is Grilled Over Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

Hinting at lawmakers' frustration and the grilling that awaited GM CEO Mary Barra, the event is titled, "The GM Ignition Switch Recall: Why Did It Take So Long?"

The List Of Animals Who Can Truly, Really Dance Is Very Short. Who's On It?

YouTube is chock full of cats, gophers, dogs and chimps who are supposed to be dancing. But they're not. Biologists say the list of "true" dancers is extremely small. We're on it. But guess who else?

Primary Scenes: Gray And Bowser Just Miss Each Other In Ward 4

It's been months of campaigning and canvassing, and this morning the two front-running mayoral candidates narrowly missed each other at a polling place in one of the city's most contested wards.

Fraud Found In Study Claiming Fast, Easy Stem Cells

The lead author of a recent "breakthrough study" fabricated the data and is guilty of scientific misconduct, according to a Japanese research panel. The scientist says she will appeal the judgment.

Global Airlines Call For Better Tracking Method After Flight 370

"We cannot let another aircraft simply vanish," the head of the International Air Travel Association says.

Red Sox Rock The White House With Flag Jacket And Presidential Selfie

When the team was honored by President Obama on Tuesday, colorful outfielder Jonny Gomes came decked out in a red, white and blue flag jacket. The Sox gave the commander in chief a matching jacket.

The Arguments For And Against Releasing Jonathan Pollard

The formal naval intelligence analyst is serving a life term for spying for Israel. This is not the first time his case has cropped up in the larger context of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

People Who Are Still Uninsured May Turn To Community Clinics

Federally funded health clinics serve all comers, and people pay fees based on a sliding scale. That's one option for people who didn't sign up for health insurance on the exchanges.

Medicaid Expansion Holds Up Budget In Virginia Special Session

Virginia lawmakers have been unable to compromise over a budget, as a Medicaid expansion continues to be a sticking point.

Tiger Woods Will Miss The Masters After Back Surgery

The golf star has been experiencing back pain in recent weeks. He had surgery Monday to relieve pressure on a spinal nerve. The Masters tournament begins next week.

Too French? Nike Rolls Out U.S. World Cup Soccer Uniforms

The new jerseys feature a familiar U.S. badge on the chest. But they depart from the previous models by using thick bands of the national flag's three colors.

China's Military Latest Target In Anti-Corruption Drive

A former top general of the People's Liberation Army has been indicted for his allegedly lavish lifestyle and investigators say there's evidence of wrongdoing at key military units.

Do Girl Scout Cookies Still Make The World A Better Place?

Obesity docs say it's time for the Girl Scouts to ditch the processed, sugary cookies and find another way to raise money. But the tradition is deeply ingrained and has been around for a century.

D.C. Regulators Target UberX, Lyft And Sidecar On Insurance, Hours

Insurance regulations are on the way for drivers on smartphone-based car services like UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, which could also restrict the number of hours they can be on the road.

Becoming More Popular Doesn't Protect Teens From Bullying

You'd think that the popular kids don't get picked on, but as a teenager's social status rises, they're more apt to be bullied. Increased social combat may be to blame.

5 April Fools' Pranks Gone Bad

When you pull an April Fools' prank, the joke could be on you.

Group Blasts Greece Over Conditions In Which Migrants Are Detained

Medecins Sans Frontieres' new report called Greece's treatment of migrants not only a "violation of national, European and international standards, but also" harmful to people's health and dignity.

Search For Relisha Rudd Continues After Police Identify Body Of Alleged Abductor

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Police have identified the body found Monday at Kenilworth Park as Khalil Tatum, the janitor believed to have abducted 8-year-old Relisha Rudd. The search continues today.

When The Twit Hit The Fan: 'I'm Still Here,' Colbert Says

In his first show since a controversy erupted last week, Stephen Colbert poked fun at the media and himself, declaring that despite a #CancelColbert campaign on Twitter, "I'm still here."

NATO Chief: No Sign Russian Troops Leaving Ukraine Border

The secretary general of the alliance says he's seen no evidence of such a move a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly promised a partial withdrawal.

Live Blog: Council Member Muriel Bowser Wins Democratic Nod For Mayor

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray faces seven challengers today in the District's Democratic primary. We'll have continuous updates from the polls on the WAMU 88.5 live blog throughout the day, and you can tune in at 8 p.m. for special #DCision14 coverage with Kojo Nnamdi.

HealthCare.Gov Woes Frustrate Last-Minute Shoppers And Helpers

People turned out in droves Monday to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. They found long lines and eager helpers. Some will have to return later to finish up.

Report: British Army Sniper's Single Shot Kills 6 Taliban

The marksman's commanding officer says the bullet hit a suspected militant who was wearing a vest rigged with explosives. The subsequent blast killed a group of men in Afghanistan.

Missing Malaysian Jet May Never Be Found, Head Of Search Warns

With no firm data on how fast the plane was flying and how far it actually went, the operation to find it is "the most challenging ever," retired Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston cautions.

Names Released Of 22 Missing Since Mudslide

Authorities say the death toll from the disaster stands at 24 and that some of those on the list of the missing may be among five bodies yet to be identified.