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Police Continue To Investigate Killing Of Alexandria Woman Over Weekend

There are very few clues surrounding the murder of a woman found dead in her home in Alexandria, Virginia during the holiday weekend — the third killing in the city this year.

Asabech Abayneh lived with her sister in an apartment in the 5600 block of Derby Court in Alexandria. It was her sister who reportedly found the 43-year old dead in bed early on the morning of July 4. According to the Virginia Medical Examiner's office, the victim was strangled to death. The case has been ruled a homicide.

Abayneh's killing is the third unsolved murder in Alexandria this year. The most recent was the fatal shooting of music teacher Ruthanne Lodato inside her home back in February.

Former Alexandria resident Charles Severance is the focus of an investigation into Lodato's murder and two other slayings. So far, Severance has not been charged but remains in custody in Loudoun County on an unrelated weapons charge.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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Your Turn: Ronald Reagan's Shooter, Freddie Gray Verdicts And More

Have opinions about the Democratic National Convention, or the verdicts from the Freddie Gray cases? It's your turn to talk.

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Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

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