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As reports of hate crimes skyrocket in the nation’s capital, prosecutions by U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu have plunged — and the Trump appointee needs to answer for it.
Drivers in the Washington area spend 102 hours each year in traffic delays.
The shooting of Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia occurred on New Year’s Day at the barracks on Capitol Hill.
A suspect was detained and arrested on the scene. It does not appear that the suspect worked with the victim, police said.
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A new round of showers and sub-severe storms may begin to develop as soon as early morning.
Scherzer threw 71 pitches in a 7-1 win in his first start since July 25. How his body responds will be even more important.
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Washington's win provided a blueprint for the season and featured some strong performances. But the tight end's head injury looms large.
The gun rights group severed ties with prominent Washington attorney Charles Cooper, who said that during his three decades of work for the NRA, he “adhered to the highest standards of professionalism and loyalty.”
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Temperatures will climb some 20 degrees above average in spots beginning this weekend.
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A support page for the titanium credit card warns that if it comes into contact with leather or denim, the interaction could cause “permanent discoloration that might not wash off.”
The daily news briefing, which is sent to the agency's 400-some immigration judges, included a link to a website that has been a known platform for white supremacists.
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