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Suicide In America

The suicide rate in the U.S. has risen sharply – to the highest level in nearly 30 years. It jumped 63 percent among middle-aged women. What's behind the alarming statistics and what can be done to reduce the number of suicides in America.

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At D.C.'s Construction Sites, Debate Over Safety Levels For Cyclists, Pedestrians

District officials like to boast about the number of construction cranes piercing the skyline, a sign of the city’s growth. But on the ground, while old buildings are knocked down and new ones built, pedestrians and bicyclists face a temporary yet pervasive side effect: closed sidewalks and bike lanes.

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Man Who Flew Gyrocopter To Capitol Grounds Gets 4 Months In Jail

Florida resident Douglas Hughes was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Washington by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

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Has The Time Come To Change D.C.'s Contributory Negligence Law For Cyclists?

Under current standards, cyclists involved in an accident can be denied compensation if they are even 1 percent at fault. A bill that made it through the D.C. Council's judicial committee Thursday could move towards changing that.

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Feds Order 'Immediate Action' For Metro After Uncovering Slew Of Safety Defects

A recent 'safety blitz' by the Federal Transit Administration unearthed more than 200 defects with impacts on emergency preparedness and numerous violations of workplace safety rules by Metro personnel.

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In John Geer Shooting, An Involuntary Manslaughter Plea From Former Officer

Adam Torres struck the plea bargain just before his murder trial was scheduled to begin in Fairfax. It calls for him to serve a 12-month sentence for killing John Geer of Springfield.

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The Politics Hour - April 15, 2016

Congressional Republicans smack down a request to help fund Metro. Maryland lawmakers pass a major crime reform package. And Virginia's governor wants to shield drug companies making lethal injection drugs.

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Why Many U.S. Health Officials Are Calling For Urgent Action Against Zika

President Obama has called for nearly $2 billion in emergency funding for Zika preparedness. The mosquito that can carry the virus is present in about thirty U.S. states. Join us to discuss the threat of Zika and what can be done to reduce the risks.

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Sweeping Changes Needed, Consultants Say, As Metro Leaders Head To Capitol Hill

How do safety, reliability and a squared away budget sound in terms of changes for Metro? A consultant's report is helping Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld prioritize fixes ahead of his date with lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

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David Kessler: "Capture: Unraveling The Mystery of Mental Suffering"

Dr. David Kessler, a former FDA commissioner, argues a single neurological process is the foundation of addiction and many mental disorders. Diane Rehm talks with him about his new theory on the root cause of depression, over-eating and drug abuse -- and implications for better treatment.

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