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Virginia Governor Declares State Of Emergency

UPDATE: Officials have reduced the number of storm deaths in Virginia to five, rather than eight. Four of the five deaths were in Washington County.

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University Of Maryland Professor Helps Digitize Disaster Relief

The earthquake in Japan wrought massive destruction in that country, and part of the humanitarian need there -- and in any disaster -- is the need for information.

Now, a group of volunteers from around the globe, including one local professor, are working to make sure that in the future responders and refugees might help and be helped as fast as possible.

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Fire Spokesman: Georgetown Flooding 'Could Have Been Prevented' By Floodwall

Authorities in D.C. say a coastal flood warning remains in effect along the Potomac River. That includes Washington Harbor in Georgetown, the scene of flooding Monday. Many are questioning why floodwalls, which are supposed to protect property there, were not in place.

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American University Chemistry Building Reopens

The chemistry building on American University's campus was evacuated Thursday after a report of smoke in the Beeghly Building. Emergency services personnel responded to the incident, but there were no injuries reported and no long-term damage to the building.

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Fire Breaks Out In Franklin Towers In D.C.

In the District, fire officials are trying to determine what caused Tuesday morning's fire at the Franklin Towers located downtown at 1401 I Street Northwest.

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Virginia Tech Gets Maximum Fine For 2007 Shooting

The Department of Education has leveled the maximum fine allowable on Virginia Tech for the 2007 shooting massacre that left 33 people, including the gunman, dead.

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