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Security Lapses Prompt D.C. Psychiatric Hospital To Fire Guard

A guard has been fired from a District hospital that cares for criminally insane patients, following concerns about security lapses after three incidents so far this year.

The third patient to walk out of St. Elizabeths Hospital was a woman who drowned her 6-year-old son in a bathtub after tying him up with duct tape in 2005. Julia Barber left the hospital grounds Saturday without being challenged by security and returned Sunday night on her own. It's not clear what she did or where she went.

Barber is the third patient to leave St. Elizabeths without permission. In February, a man charged with aggravated assault went on the lam for a week and that same month another patient who had voluntarily committed himself left the hospital without going through discharge procedures and he was found dead under a snowbank.

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Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Sweet Name Of Kids' Clinic Gives Some People Heartburn

The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

Americans Don't Disagree On Politics As Much As You Might Think

Everyone knows that distrust of Washington is at near-record levels and that Congress has grown more polarized. But what's going on with American voters is more complicated than you may realize.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

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