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News Archive - July 8, 2014

Assailants Sought In Deadly Convenience Store Robbery

D.C. police were called to the scene on Colorado Avenue NW Friday and found 76-year-old James Oh suffering from trauma to the head.

Arlington Voters Facing Three Special Elections

Seats are up for grabs in the House of Delegates, treasury and school board.

DDOT Goes On Defensive On Potholes And Street Conditions

After a brutal winter, the District Department of Transportation said it filled more than 50,000 potholes. Still, many local roads are crumbling.

As Engines Sputter To Life, Vintage Spacecraft Turns Toward Moon

So far, so good. ISEE-3, the versatile 1978 space probe that took a detour to greet a comet in the 1980s, is now on track to get close to the moon, scientists say, though course fixes can be tricky.

Activists Gather At White House To Protest Immigration Proposal

Hundreds of immigrant-rights activists protested outside the White House on the eve of President Obama’s request that Congress fund the rapid deportation of tens of thousands of Central American children detained after crossing the border illegally.

A Senator Turns His Bible Into A Political Tool

In his new ad, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor uses his Bible to respond to an opponent's attack.

Unlikely Duo Join Forces On Sentencing Overhaul Bill

An unlikely pair of senators — New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker and Kentucky Republican Rand Paul — are teaming up on a bill that aims to fix America's criminal justice system.

MoCo Legislators Ask Maryland To Decriminalize Drug Paraphernalia

The Montgomery County Council has given final approval to a resolution asking state lawmakers to go further in decriminalizing marijuana, and took a shot at a Maryland Republican for trying to stop decriminalization in D.C.

Heat Causes Delays In Trains On Maryland And Virginia

Some MARC and VRE customers can expect delays this afternoon because of high heat.

Decades-Old Vials Of Smallpox Found at NIH Building In Bethesda

Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at a research center made a startling discovery last week decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box.

3 Kickstarter Food Projects That Leave Potato Salad In The Dirt

One guy's Kickstarter quest for $10 to make his first potato salad has now raised over $50,000 — a kind of Internet joke gone viral. Here are three modest food projects to consider instead.

Germany Gives Brazil Das Boot With 7-1 Win, Enters World Cup Final

Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.

HPV Vaccine Doesn't Raise Risk Of Blood Clots, Study Finds

Earlier safety studies of the vaccine for human papillomavirus found a higher risk of dangerous blood clots. But a study of 500,000 women and girls finds that the vaccine doesn't raise risk.

Alexandria Woman Killed On Fourth Of July Was Strangled

Police say the woman found dead in her Alexandria apartment during the Fourth of July holiday weekend was strangled.

1 Out Of 4 Memphis, Tenn., Cops Calls In Sick

More than 550 police officers stayed home on Tuesday, apparently angered by big increases in health insurance costs. The number of "blue flu" cases has been increasing daily.

Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers

The city has become a shopping destination for Cubans who come looking for goods unavailable or too expensive to buy at home, now that Cuba has lifted travel restrictions.

What It Takes To Make A Decent Cup Of Coffee In Space

Italian engineers say they've finally come up with a way to brew espresso on the ISS so astronauts can ditch the instant coffee. We asked: What's so hard about making coffee in space? Answer: A lot.

Case Against Benghazi Suspect Is Complex, Justice Department Says

The assistant U.S. attorney says the government has begun sharing sensitive documents with defense attorneys. It's a bid to stop the clock on Ahmed Abu Khattala's request for a speedy trial.

Going, Going, Almost Gone: A Worm Verges On Extinction

The world is tantalizingly close to wiping out Guinea worm, a 3-foot-long parasite that emerges from a blister in the skin. Only 17 cases have occurred so far this year. Next year there could be zero.

Smallpox Virus Found In Unsecured NIH Lab

Sure, we all forget stuff. But federal researchers apparently forgot vials of smallpox virus, perhaps for 60 years. The vials were rushed to a secure lab in Atlanta.

Obama Seeks $3.7B To Handle Immigration Crisis

The money is almost twice the amount that officials had previously suggested would be requested from Congress. It comes amid a surge of children and teenagers who have crossed the border illegally.

GOP Selects Cleveland Over Dallas As 2016 GOP Convention City

A Cleveland convention would continue a dry spell for red states, which haven't hosted a Republican convention since delegates gathered in Texas in 1992.

Police Use Dog To Find Memory And Hard Drives In Search

Using food as a reward, a Lab named Thoreau has been trained to detect the scent of flash drives and other devices that can hold illegal images and video.

Meet The Musicians And Storytellers Of Kenya

This summer, Kenya came to Washington, D.C. Artists, runners and Maasai elders were part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They spoke with us about music, goats and fusing tradition and modernity.

What's In Our Name: Why Goats? Why Soda?

We'll cover malaria and micro-loans. Ebola and education. We'll look at efforts to lift families out of poverty — and provide clean drinking water and electricity. So what should we call ourselves?

Senator Asks U.S. To Investigate Possible Cuban Plot Against Him

Did fake accusations that Sen. Robert Menendez had visited underage prostitutes come from Cuba's intelligence agency? That's the question the senator wants the Justice Department to look into.

Australia Won't Return Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Without Notice

The government told a court hearing that it would give 72 hours' notice before transferring the 153 asylum seekers to their home country. Australia said Monday it had transferred 41 others at sea.

Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

Some insurance companies charge the highest copays for HIV/AIDS drugs, even generics, the civil rights complaint alleges. This could discourage high-cost patients from enrolling in the plans.

Air, Space & Rail? Silver Line To Link Museum Facilities In D.C. And Virginia

When Metro's new Silver Line opens later this month, it will provide the first public transportation link between the National Air and Space Museum's locations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Dutch Couple Bets That Flower Business Can Bloom In Virginia

A Dutch couple looking to make inroads in the U.S. flower market has settled on Virginia for its headquarters, and hopes to make a dent in a business dominated by the Netherlands and California.

Globe-Trotting GMO Bananas Arrive For Their First Test In Iowa

A new banana enhanced with vitamin A is intended to address diet deficiencies in Uganda. But if the past history of "biofortified" crops is prologue, it faces a tough road ahead.

Sarvis In For Virginia Senate Race, Complicating Gillespie's Hopes

Now that Libertarian Robert Sarvis has qualified to be on the ballot in the U.S. Senate race across Virginia, some are wondering if he might play a decisive role in the election.

Under D.C. Budget, Property Tax Exemption For Seniors Sees Tweaks

Starting next year, D.C. residents will get tax cuts, totaling some $143 million dollars a year. But some seniors won't be getting a property tax exemption the D.C. Council had passed last year aimed at helping long-time residents stay in their homes.

Maryland Casinos Brought In $72 Million In June

Maryland Live! Casino in Anne Arundel County led the group with more than $56 million from slot machines and table games — an approximately 10 percent increase from June 2013.

Roller Coaster Stops Rolling, Traps Riders High In The Air

The Ninja ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain is a "suspended swinging roller coaster" that speeds customers around the track at up to 55 mph. A tree blocked its path Monday.

U.N. Urges U.S. To Treat Migrants As Refugees

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says people from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are subject to persecution and should not be forced to return home.

Ukraine And Militants Continue A Standoff In Donetsk

Coming off of two victories this weekend, Ukraine is calling for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms in Donetsk.

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid

New research suggests that text messages would nudge students to fill out the dreaded FAFSA.

The One American On The Field At Today's World Cup Semifinal

Referee Mark Geiger is making history with his selection as the fourth official in the game between Brazil and Germany. It's the first time a U.S. referee has been used this late in a World Cup.

Powerful Typhoon Whips Japan's Okinawa Islands

When it arrives at the main island of Okinawa, Typhoon Neoguri could bring waves that are 45 feet tall and wind gusts of more than 100 mph.

The Collapse Of Corinthian Colleges

The giant for-profit college chain will unwind after the Department of Education cut off its access to federal money.

Can't Stand Meetings? Try Taking Away The Chairs

Those who stood at meetings said they felt their colleagues were more open to their ideas, less territorial, and overall, did better collaborative work, researchers found.

Israel Expands Attacks On Hamas In Gaza

Responding to recent rocket attacks, Israel conducts airstrikes and calls up reservists. It's also planning ground operations.