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A Third Of Maryland Cigarette Retailers Are Selling Tobacco To Minors, State Finds

The state conducted random inspections from May through September this year, and found 32 percent of retailers sold cigarettes to youth younger than 18.

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Special Prosecutors Should Handle Civilian Shootings By Police, Holmes Norton Says

Norton says mayors and governors could stem anger over civilian shootings by police by appointing special prosecutors to handle them.
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Low Turnout Expected In Special Election To Replace Barbara Comstock In Virginia

There are just a few weeks left in the special election between Republican Craig Parisot and Democrat Kathleen Murphy in Virginia's 34th District, and experts say that based on recent history, things could really go either way.

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Walmart Seals Deal For Store At Skyland Center In Southeast D.C.

The retailer is now fully signed on to be the anchor of the shopping center in Ward 7.

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Ethics Panel Recommends Major Changes To Virginia's Redistricting Process

A panel headed by former Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has laid out a series of suggestions that would radically change redistricting in the commonwealth, with the goal of removing partisan politics from the process.

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Trash Collectors Strike In Parts Of Montgomery, Howard Counties

Trash collectors that service parts of Montgomery and Howard Counties in Maryland went on strike in search of a better contract.
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Local Theaters Put 'The Interview' On The Marquee

A handful of theaters nationwide decided to show Sony's "The Interview," and there were several in the D.C. area.

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Basilica Feeds Thousands On Christmas Day

For 40 years, volunteers with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception have been serving Christmas dinners.

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Where Are All The Deer? Hunters For The Hungry Report 17-Year Low In Donations

A Virginia organization that connects hunters in the commonwealth with local organizations that serve the hungry reports a major shortage in venison donated this year.

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FCC Shoots Down Petition Calling 'Redskins' Profane

A GWU law professor filed a petition with the FCC to revoke the license of a sports station co-owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, but the federal agency did not bite.

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D.C. Gets 'C' On Homelessness Report Card

The DC Fiscal Policy Institute released its report card on D.C.'s efforts to help homeless families. Giving the city a "C" average, the card says "the District is taking steps" that may or may not result in any real change.
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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege

While some leaked Sony emails seemed racist, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says they hint at a wider issue: an acceptance of practices, habits and perceptions that limit diversity in Hollywood.
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Getting High Safely: Aspen Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

Authorities in the Colorado city have dispersed information brochures on the do's and don'ts of marijuana use. It lists facts such as where pot is legal and how long the high takes to set in.
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A Split View On Obamacare's Past And Future

The Affordable Care Act created insurance subsidies that are under legal challenge. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in 2015 and could rule against a key provision of the law.
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'The Interview', Greeted By Sold-Out Shows, May Net Millions This Weekend

The North-Korea-infuriating comedy received a limited release on Christmas, mostly in independent theaters, after hacker-threatened Sony Pictures first pulled the film then made it available.
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For Russia's President, A Year Of Costly Triumphs

Vladimir Putin's popularity soared after the Winter Olympics and the annexation of Crimea. But his year is ending on a bitter note, with Russia in a deep recession and isolated internationally.
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How To Make An Unboring Documentary About Polio

Filmmaker Tom Roberts was definitely not interested when he was first asked to make a movie about the disease. Then he began to do some research. "Every Last Child" is the result.
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Want To Solve The World's Most Heated Disagreements? Bring Your Wallet

Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.
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Nutmeg Spice Has A Secret Story That Isn't So Nice

Nutmeg is a feel-good holiday spice. But it once caused serious bloodshed and may have even been a reason the Dutch were willing to part with Manhattan in the 1600s.