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Three weeks after eight passengers were killed and more than 200 were injured in the derailment of an Amtrak train on its way from D.C. to New York, federal investigators can't say whether the engineer was on his cell phone instead of paying full attention to his job.
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Maryland Laws On Fertility Coverage For Lesbians, Transgender Birth Certificates Take Effect

Lesbian couples wishing to conceive a child can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers. And a barrier to changing one's gender on a Maryland birth certificate has been lifted.

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Catholic High School In Fairfax City To Upsize in Loudoun County

Paul VI Catholic High School will move from its current 18-acre campus in Fairfax City to a new 68-acre site in South Riding.

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Memorial Bridge: A Symbol Of What Ails America's Crumbling Infrastructure

With two lanes of the Memorial Bridge closed because an inspection found rapidly corroding support beams, local officials are calling on Congress to pay for the repair of crumbling infrastructure.
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'Goods, Not Guns': D.C. Businesses Urged To Say 'No' To Concealed Handguns

In what could be the first visible sign of how the District is adapting to an era of looser gun laws, two D.C. residents are kicking off a campaign on Tuesday to encourage local businesses to post signs prohibiting patrons from entering with concealed handguns.
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Washington Monument To Remain Closed; Elevators Face Increased Scrutiny

The monument will remain closed until at least Thursday, the National Park Service says. Politicians are seeking guarantees that there will be no more elevator problems that cause shutdowns.

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Virginia Justices To Decide How Much About The Death Penalty Should Be Public

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday about the death penalty. But they won't be debating whether it's right or wrong — but rather how much the public should know about it.
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Scientology-Related Drug Center Blocked By Frederick County Council

The Trout Run resort will not become a Narconon facility. The lone dissenter on the council said the involvement of Scientology "clouded" his colleagues' judgment on the matter.

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Residents East Of Anacostia Blame New 11th Street Bridge For Traffic Woes

The new 11th Street Bridge was designed to relieve traffic between Anacostia Freeway and I-695, but residents east of the river say their local roads have been clogged with spillover.

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What If Pepco Was Replaced With A City-Owned Electric Utility?

While the D.C. Council weighs the merger of power companies Exelon and Pepco, one D.C. Council member wants to study the feasability of a municipally-owned utility a la Seattle or Los Angeles.

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What Do Virginia's Local Primary Campaigns Spend Cash On Anyway?

The political consultants need to get paid, and that direct mail needs postage. Then there's the website and the campaign staff. These are the things candidates in the upcoming Virginia primary are spending big money on.
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Benjamin Lawsky, The Sheriff Of Wall Street, To Hand In His Badge

It's been nearly seven years since the start of the financial crisis. Benjamin Lawsky has been policing the world's biggest financial institutions. Before stepping down, he talks to Renee Montagne.
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U.S. House Calls On Iran To Release American Political Prisoners

Congress may soon pass a resolution calling on Iran to free several Americans being held prisoner there, and demanding information about a former FBI agent who went missing.
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Head Of TSA Reassigned After Tests Reveal Security Failures

According to ABC News, covert tests found that Transportation Security Administration agents at airports failed to detect prohibited items 95 percent of the time.
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Companies Fight Back Against Protesters With Financial Pressure

When a student protested against an oil pipeline in Michigan, the company charged him with restitution for the work that couldn't be done during the disruption. But that could be a "risky strategy."
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More Than 400 Missing In Chinese Boat Disaster; Government Orders Censorship

Of the more than 450 people who were aboard the Eastern Star when it capsized in rough weather Monday night, only 14 have reportedly been rescued.
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Haiti Sees Spike In Cholera Cases 4 Years After Outbreak Began

Haiti has been struggling to control a cholera epidemic that began after the 2010 earthquake. Renee Montagne talks to Dr. Louise Ivers, the senior health adviser for Partners in Health.
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In Turkey, Violence Against Women Is Often A Private Family Matter

Women's rights advocates say more than 100 women have been killed in Turkey so far this year, most by male relatives.
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Pigeon From Pakistan Captured In India. Is It A Spy?

Indian authorities detained a pigeon suspected of spying for Pakistan. That has sparked humorous reactions from both nations. Yet, there's nothing outlandish about pigeons being used for espionage.