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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Live Updates: Election Day Twitter Map

Live updates from the polls and election headquarters on Election Day 2012. 

Stafford County Hunts For Man Involved In Homemade Explosives

A manhunt is underway in Stafford County, Va. for a suspect involved in explosions from homemade bombs at three homes.

Virginia Company Sued For Improperly Training Guards In Iraq

The U.S. is joining a lawsuit against a Reston based company for falsifying documents about training guards in Iraq.

Brad Pitt Agrees To Donate $100,000 To Support Same-Sex Marriage

Brad Pitt will donate $100,000 to support same-sex marriage in Maryland and several other states.

HOT Express Lanes On 495 Set To Open Nov. 17

After four years of construction, the highly anticipated new express lanes on the 495 Beltway are scheduled to open in 17 days.

Transportation Department Audit On MWAA Finds Violations

An audit to be released this morning shows the inner workings of the agency that is running the $6 billion Silver Line rail project to Dulles Airport.

D.C. Extends Hours For Early Voting

The District is also extending early voting hours because of Hurricane Sandy.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

District May Temporarily Change Flag To Protest Lack Of Autonomy

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A bill before the D.C. Council would change the District's flag, if just for one day, to protest the government's lack of autonomy.

Glitch Snags Some Maryland Voters Who Registered Online

The Maryland Board of Elections is sending letters to 186 voters whose online registrations were mishandled due to a glitch in the system.

Maryland Native Wins World Series Of Poker

Greg Merson, 24, of Laurel, Md., laid claim Wednesday to the big purse at the World Series of Poker, besting the competition and earning himself an $8.5 million prize.

Margins In Presidential, Senate Races Narrow In Virginia

President Obama and Gov. Romney are so close as to be within the margin of error in a new poll, and Republican Senate candidate George Allen has gained on Democrat Tim Kaine as well.

Halloween Crowds Close Areas Of Georgetown To Traffic

Large crowds are expected to descend on Georgetown Wednesday evening to celebrate Halloween and trick or treat. While main thoroughfares will remain open, many side streets will be closed

Germantown Teen Dies In Accident While Walking To School

A Seneca Valley High School sophomore was killed while walking to school in Germantown this morning; she was crossing Germantown Road when she was hit by a Ford Fusion sedan.

Coal Dominates Virginia Senate Race In Some Parts Of State

The coal debate is heating up as part of the Virginia Senate race, but some observers wonder how big a role the fossil fuel will play as part of the country's energy future. 

Maryland Early Voting Resumes On Extended Hours

Early voting resumed in Maryland after being paused during Hurricane Sandy; early voting centers will extend hours for the rest of the week to make up for the shortfall.