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News Archive - July 25, 2014

Proposed Maryland Law Would Treat Arcades Like Casinos

The law was originally pitched to stop Internet cafes from operating backroom online gambling operations.

The Reasons Why Israel's Military Is In Such A Tough Fight

Israel's military has been the dominant Middle East force since the 1967 war. Yet for the third time in a decade, the army is bogged down in a protracted fight with Islamist militants.

Video: Haboob, A Huge Dust Storm, Hits Phoenix Area

The storm is commonly referred to as a haboob, from the Arabic word for an intense summer dust storm. Today's storm hit in time to complicate the Friday afternoon commute.

12-Hour Cease-Fire Begins In Gaza

The truce will allow Palestinian civilians to get food and aid where it's needed, officials say.

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

Kaine Speaks About Silver Line And Metro's Long-Term Challenges

On the eve of the Silver Line’s maiden voyage, Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) sat down for a wide-ranging interview about Metro’s first new rail line since 1991.

Catania Opposes Land Swap At Heart of D.C. United Stadium Deal

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania said today that while he supports the construction of a planned $300 million D.C. United stadium in Southwest D.C., he's opposed to a land swap that is at the heart of the deal.

Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors

The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador met at the White House to discuss the steep uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

Virginia Keeping Drug Used In Botched Executions

One of the drugs used in three recent botched executions will remain part of Virginia's lethal injection protocol.

The Average American Man Is Too Big For His Britches

Growing waistlines, a savvy clothing industry and good old-fashioned stubbornness have kept many men in pants that don't fit. It doesn't have to be this way.

Are Opponents Of The Death Penalty Contributing To Its Problems?

It's become an article of faith among supporters of capital punishment that abolitionists are doing everything they can to undermine executions, putting up hurdles and then complaining about delays.

Sen. John McCain Calls Lengthy Execution In Arizona 'Torture'

The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not "an acceptable way of carrying it out."

Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year

In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.

Hogan Hit With Campaign Complaint From Maryland Democrats

The Maryland Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican Larry Hogan's campaign for governor, but the campaign says it's groundless.

Catania Asks Bowser To Return Money Linked To Troubled Housing Complex

D.C. mayoral contender David Catania says fellow candidate Muriel Bowser should return campaign contributions linked to a troubled housing complex in Southeast D.C.

In India's Sultry Summer, Bucket Bathing Beats Indoor Showers

Our writer hated it as a child. Now she loves it: Fill pitcher, pour over head. It's a great way to stay cool in a place where water isn't always running. Maybe you should put it on your bucket list.

New Jersey Couple Killed By Tornado That Hit Campground On Va. Eastern Shore

Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega of Jersey City, New Jersey were killed when a tornado hit their campground on Virginia's Eastern Shore on Thursday morning.

After Years Of Waiting, Start Of Silver Line Service Makes Metro Want To Dance

The Silver Line kicks off passenger service on Saturday, and according to Metro, some commuters are so happy that they could dance.

Police Investigate Death Of 8-Year-Old At Montgomery County Pool

Montgomery County police are searching for answers as to what caused the death of an 8-year-old girl who lost consciousness after swimming at the public Swim Center in Rockville this week.

Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet

Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader and has now asked ordinary Indonesians to help him choose his government.

Video Shows Islamic State Blowing Up Iraq's Tomb Of Jonah

The destruction of the holy site has drawn criticism from the Sunni allies of the so-called Islamic State and may cause a rift between the Sunni groups.

Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage

The Netherlands, which lost 193 of its citizens in the shoot-down of the Malaysia Airlines flight, is also negotiating to send 40 unarmed police to the site in eastern Ukraine.

Kerry: Gaza Truce Still In Play

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry rejected reports that a proposed seven-day cease-fire had been rebuffed by Israel's Security Cabinet.

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Many organizations, including the Gates Foundation, support our work. But they don't get to set the agenda.

France Dispatches Military Unit To Site Of Air Algerie Wreck

President François Hollande said that all 116 people died and that one black box had been recovered. France's interior minister said weather likely contributed to the crash.