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Why Lye And Ethanol? Derailment Raises Questions About What Comes Through D.C.

The derailment in Northeast D.C. of a freight rail train carrying hazardous chemicals is reigniting a debate over whether potentially dangerous materials should be hauled through the nation's capital.

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Shaking Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx replaced three Metro board members with safety experts, while a Maryland Congressman introduced legislation which would require the next three federally appointed Metro board members have relevant expertise.

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D.C. Busts Cab Companies For Using Salvaged Cabs With Falsified Odometers

Six cab companies have been shut down by regulators for allegedly using old vehicles with odometers rolled back hundreds of thousands of miles.

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CSX Derailment Affects Commuter Train Service Into Washington

As many as 15 CSX freight cars skittered off the tracks on Sunday, causing a ripple effect on MARC service on Monday.

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President Obama Ups The Number Of U.S. Special Operations Forces In Syria

President Obama has approved the deployment of an additional 250 Special Operations forces to Syria to advise and assist in the fight against ISIS. Join us to discuss the status of the conflict and new efforts to undermine the Islamic State’s power in the region and its influence beyond.

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Pamela Haag: "The Gunning of America"

Guns are often associated with American identity – from Revolutionary War militias to cowboys of the Wild West. A new examination of the firearms industry reveals how sales and marketing strategies shaped U-S gun culture.

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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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