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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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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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The Case Against The Shirley Temple (The Drink)

Author and cocktail enthusiast Wayne Curtis wrote an article called "Shirley Temples Are Destroying America's Youth." He talks about why he hates Shirley Temples — the drink, not the person.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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Experimental Plane Sets Off On Final Leg Of Its Round-The-World Journey

It's the first time for a solar-powered plane to circumnavigate the globe. Now it's en route to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — and you can watch the journey in a live video from the cockpit.

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