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Season’s first snow: A flurry of excitement spread in the D.C. area as snow — anywhere from a dusting to an inch--fell Monday. Check out these snow photos, and submit your own.

View Photo Gallery: Sneaky wet snow grazes Washington area, leaving some slicks spots.

Metro proposes 5 percent fare increase. Metro wants to increase bus and rail fares, among other changes, to close a $116 million budget shortfall. But riders aren’t happy about the changes ahead. Take our poll.

Rat population has ‘exploded’ around Occupy D.C. camps, a city official says. Health inspectors have reportedly seen rats running openly through the camps.

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View Photo Gallery: More than a dozen couples have emerged after three months of outdoor living at the Occupy D.C. camps.