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D.C. May Ease Up On Reckless Driving Penalties

The D.C. Council is back to work today after a two-month break, and among the first bills to be considered is one addressing penalties for reckless driving that some think are too strict.

Some D.C. residents have lost their licenses for what they consider simple speeding infractions committed in other states, especially Virginia. Some highways in Virginia have 70 mph speed limits, but the state considers driving over 80 mph reckless driving. 

Motorists from Virginia cited for reckless driving get a fine and points on their license, but the District treats reckless driving as as a serious offense that triggers automatic revocation of the driver's license. 

The bill being considered at today's legislative session would bring the District's penalties for reckless driving in line with other jurisdictions.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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Taking Great Photos On Vacation Or "Staycation"

Professional photographers give us the latest on cameras, smart phones and shooting tips for great vacation photos this summer -- and every day.

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