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Monday, December 19, 2011

Alleged White House Shooter Detained Pending Trial

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the accused White House shooter, will be detained pending his trial for the attempted assassination of President Obama and his staff.

Closings Hit Dulles Toll Road In Virginia

The bad news: there will be closures on the eastbound Dulles Toll Road tonight. The good news: the work will restore the left lane of travel ahead of schedule.

CQ Roll Call: Lawmakers Still At Odds On Payroll Tax Cuts

House Republicans are holding up a deal on the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions after a deal seemed imminent last week. 

Investigation Ongoing In Prince George's Police Shooting

Authorities are still investigating a fatal shooting involving a Prince George's County police officer Dec. 17. The victims family says he was not armed at the time of the shooting, but police have a different account.

National Zoo Gets $4.4M Donation For Pandas

The National Zoo is going to be getting an early Christmas gift -- a donation that funds its panda program for the next five years.

Maryland Wants To Bring FBI Headquarters To Prince George's

Maryland officials are working to bring the Federal Bureau of Investigation to Prince George's County. The FBI's current headquarters in downtown D.C. is outdated and needs to be replaced.

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Eyes New Power

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is gearing up for a busy 2012, given his newly vital role as the tie-breaking vote in the Virginia Senate.

11th Street Bridge Opens

The long-awaited 11th Street Bridge project is beginning to open in Southeast D.C., although D.C. officials say the biggest change will come next year when its third span opens.

'Art Beat' With Sean Rameswaram, Dec. 19

A new Parfumerie in Tysons Corner, Romeo and Juliet in Arlington and Head Wound in Northwest Washington.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homeless Prince William Co. Dog Needs Help

The Prince William County Animal Shelter is seeking help for ten-week-old Chihuahua mix Louie, in need of an operation to repair a large hernia in his abdomen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Van Hollen Opposes Saving Defense Department From Budget Cuts

Republicans are stepping up efforts to protect the Pentagon from budget cuts, but Rep. Chris Van Hollen says that won't help the economic situation at all.

Virginia Republicans Wait To Weigh In On GOP Candidates

Virginia Republicans have to wait two months before they can weigh in on the GOP race for the White House.

Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Virginia's summer earthquake came as a surprise to everyone, but one professor has a hunch that could lead to an early warning system.

Virginia Officials Offer Tips To Avoid Holiday Scams

Virginia officials are warning residents about scam artists who try to take advantage of the spirit of giving this time of year.

Occupy DC Inspires Protesters Across U.S.

The persistence that has been present among Occupy DC protesters has motivated other protesters across the U.S.

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