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AAA: Car Accidents Spike On The Fourth Of July

As you get ready for picnics, parades and fireworks, keep in mind that today is one of the worst days for teenage traffic fatalities. But the D.C. region seems to be bucking the trend.

There was a 43 percent decrease in teenage road deaths in Virginia in 2010 as compared to numbers from2009, traffic statistics show. In Maryland, there's been a 25 percent drop. In D.C., the numbers are even lower.

AAA's John Townsend explains why.

"Graduated drivers, licensing procedures and the number of laws it has enacted to safeguard teen drivers," Townsend says. "The other reason is that about 30 percent of the households in the District don't have cars."

According to AAA, more drivers are hit on the road on July Fourth than any other day of the year.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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