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For many federal workers, marijuana use is still verboten, even though D.C.'s local laws allow for it. Might that be changing?

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Maryland National Guard To Be Pulled Out Of Baltimore

At the behest of Gov. Larry Hogan, the Maryland National Guard will begin pulling out of Baltimore, where they have been stationed since last week when rioting broke out.

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Is Virginia Putting Too Many People Behind Bars?

With 2.3 million Americans now behind bars, many states are looking at alternatives to jail time for those who commit nonviolent crimes. But Virginia continues to imprison large numbers of people.
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Charges Against 6 Officers In Freddie Gray's Death Range From Murder To Assault

"No one is above the law," Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby said as she announced the list of charges. Warrants have been issued for the officers' arrest.
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Why Do People Jump Metro Fare Gates? Because They Can

Metro says they will be stepping up police presence at some stations to curb assaults against employees — but will they address what is often the underlying issue: riders jumping the fare gates.

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First Latina In Maryland Legislature Sets Sights On New Goal: Congress

Ana Sol Gutierrez was the first Latina elected to Maryland's State House, and now she wants to be the first Latina to represent Maryland voters in Congress.

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Virginia Privacy Advocates See Win On Drones, Loss On License Plate Readers

Police in Virginia will have to get a warrant before using a drone in a criminal case, a victory for privacy advocates, but a measure to limit data collection from license plate readers was shot down.

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Listen: Virginia Del. Vivian Watts On Making IDs Easier For Those With Non-Traditional Names

People with hard-to-spell names or with more than the typical number of surnames often see their names mangled at the ID office. A Virginia lawmaker talks about what's being done to change that.

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Plan To Bring Capital Bikeshare To George Washington Parkway May Be In Danger

Plans to install Capital Bikeshare stations along George Washington Memorial Parkway may be hitting a snag.
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Washington Post Reporter Michael Fletcher Explains His Baltimore Essay

"It was only a matter of time before Baltimore exploded," the longtime resident of the city contends. WAMU 88.5's Elliott Francis talked to him about it.

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For Latinas, Seeking Help For Domestic Abuse Is Often A Matter Of Friends First

Distrust of legal systems often prompts Latina victims of domestic violence to start with friends when trying to address abuse at the hands of a partner, a new study finds.

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With Baltimore Unrest, More Debate Over 'Broken Windows' Policing

Critics are targeting New York's policing theory, which aims to crack down on minor offenses. But it's also praised for reducing the crime rate.
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McDonald's Plans To Rebrand Itself As A 'Progressive Burger Company'

The McDonald's turnaround plan is staking its future on being a "progressive burger company." But what does that mean?
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Boston Marathon Bomber Gets Emotional During Relatives' Testimony

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared to tear up as his relatives from Russia testified Monday.
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Former Christie Aides Plead Not Guilty To 'Bridgegate' Charges

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni are each charged with nine counts in connection with the political scandal in New Jersey. They were released on $150,000 bond.
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Rescued Boko Haram Captives Recall Their Ordeal

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the Associated Press' Michelle Faul about her trip to a refugee camp where Nigerian soldiers have brought girls and women rescued from Boko Haram.
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NATO Forces Launch Largest Anti-Submarine Exercises Ever Off Norway Coast

The two-week naval exercise, dubbed Dynamic Mongoose, brings dozens of vessels together, and comes amid concern about Russia's increasing aggression.
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Israel Braces For More Protests By Minority Ethiopian Community

Security forces have been deployed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to try to prevent further violence after police and protesters clashed Sunday at rallies to protest police treatment of Ethiopian-Israelis.
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'Charlie Hebdo' Staffer Pushes Back Against Writers' Opposition To Award

"If you're standing for the freedom of expression, you can't be at one moment for this freedom of expression, and two or three minutes later, against that," film critic Jean-Baptiste Thoret says.