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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.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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