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Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what's behind the nation's surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back.

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Fairfax Police Commission Calls For A Change To Department's Closed Culture

Public officials in Virginia — and in Fairfax County in particular — have a problem when it comes to transparency. A commission outlined the problem for the county police during a public meeting Monday night.

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Critics Outline 'Crisis Of Confidence' Between Fairfax County Police, Public

A commission created earlier this year to review the Fairfax County Police Department's conduct in several high-profile cases has some harsh criticism to deliver.

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To Fight Synthetic Drugs, D.C. Looks To Hospitals For Help

D.C. officials scrambling to respond to what they say is an increase in the use of dangerous synthetic drugs are asking hospitals to help by testing patients suspected of having used the drugs.
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Synthetic Drugs and Public Safety

City officials are attributing a recent spike in crime and overdoses to synthetic drugs. We explore what they are, what explains they're popularity and what threats they pose to public health and public safety.

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A Deadly Shooting In Tennessee And The Threat Of Domestic Terrorism

As investigators look into the motives and connections of the Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen who attacked two military centers in Tennessee, we hear the latest on the deadly shooting and the threat of domestic terrorism.

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Prosecutors Face Challenge In 40-Year-Old Kidnapping, Murder

Prosecutors face several challenges as they attempt to prove that a man they've charged is responsible for the 40-year-old slaying of two sisters who were abducted from a mall in Wheaton, Maryland.
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Virginia Parole System May Get A Second Chance After Review

Legislation passed in the '90s mandates that criminals in Virginia prisons serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, but a commission meeting soon will review whether that fails to give prisoners incentives to improve their lot.

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Emergency Bill Targets D.C. Businesses Selling Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic cannabinoids have caused a spike in overdoses in D.C. and across the country in recent months — something residents have reported seeing firsthand.

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D.C. Metro Area Movers Should Be On The Lookout For Fraud, Report Says

Getting ready to pack up and move to a new pad? Make sure to do your due diligence before hiring movers, because the D.C. area is more prone to fraud than most places.

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