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911 System Has Failed Multiple Times In Maryland, Virginia

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The D.C. region's 911 emergency network has suffered widespread failures over the past two years, according to a new analysis by the Washington Post. The failures started long before the June derecho storm, in which the company acknowledged failures of backup systems in different parts of the region.

There have been at least 11 outages since July 2010 in Maryland and Virginia, records and interviews conducted by the Post show. In some cases, callers received busy signals. Some outages blocked all calls in a particular area and others restricted the number of calls or did not provide location information or callback numbers. 

The company has said drained batteries, faulty generators and a failure to fully explore the problem contributed to restoration delays in June. Verizon is auditing backup power systems throughout the region, according to the company.

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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Windows 10 Rolls Out, Along With Concern Over Sharing Wi-Fi Passwords

The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.

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