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Gas outage in Laurel enters 5th day; hundreds still without gas service

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A gas outage in Laurel, Maryland, entered its fifth day Monday with nearly 400 customers still without service. A water main break Feb. 15 damaged the underground gas main leading to the outage.

I-66 toll change revived in Va. budget plan; other toll, Legion bridge plans included

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Attempts to overhaul tolls on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway are among the transportation changes approved by the General Assembly's budget committees.

Winter? What winter? Record high temperatures possible for the DC area

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The calendar said February, but it is going to feel a lot warmer this week in the D.C. area. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid 70s, which is about 30 degrees above normal and some records could be set.

Waldorf woman arrested, charged with killing her boyfriend

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A man is dead after an argument with his girlfriend turned violent in Waldorf, Maryland, Sunday morning.

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Exactly how many Washingtonians work for the federal government?

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The federal government remains the largest single employer in the Washington metropolitan area, and the District’s Office of Revenue Analysis is keeping track of exactly how many fed jobs there are. It's actually shrunk slightly over the…


Sheriff’s deputy injured in College Park barricade situation

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U.S. Route 1 was briefly closed and a Prince George's County Sheriff's Deputy was injured during a barricade situation in College Park, Maryland. The deputy is expected to recover.


Va. House GOP backs Medicaid expansion, setting up budget showdown

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Republican leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates are now backing a Medicaid expansion. The expansion could cover about 300,000 Virginians, but it sets up a budget showdown with Republicans in the Senate.


Route 28 widening project set to be approved after delay

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About 1.4 miles of Route 28 — from the Prince William Parkway interchange to Linton Hall Road — will be widened from four lanes to six.


Prepare for pollen: Allergy sufferers should get ready for spring now

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The moisture from the weekend’s snow and rain has tree and plant pollen primed and ready to come out when warmer temperatures arrive this week, a local allergist said.


Yearlong celebration honors ‘life and legacy’ of Frederick Douglass

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Visitors can tour Frederick Douglass' home and the Frederick Douglass National Historic site in Anacostia to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.


Detectives investigate threats against 2 Virginia middle schools

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Detectives are investigating a threatening social media post against two Virginia middle schools, one in Stafford County, and one in Spotsylvania County.


Capitals forward calls fans racial taunts ‘disgusting’

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A visiting black player was taunted by four male fans shouting "basketball, basketball, basketball" Saturday night during the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Washington Capitals.


Man shot near Northeast DC metro station


The man was conscious and breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital. Police are looking for a suspect described as a black male who was wearing all black clothing.

Sunday, Feb 18

Montgomery Co. student who police say brought gun to school hopes to post bond

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Alwin Chen, 18, was charged with carrying a loaded handgun and knife to class in Montgomery County, Maryland, last week. His hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday and his lawyers hope to post bond.

Street closures, parking restrictions in DC for Chinese New Year parade

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Find out which roads will be closed and which streets will apply parking restrictions during the Chinese New Year parade and celebration in D.C.

Calls grow for head of DC public schools to step down or be pushed out

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At-large Councilman Robert White issued a statement Saturday saying he's “lost confidence in our D.C. Public Schools leadership" and calling on Antwan Wilson to resign. The D.C. school chancellor is accused circumventing the lottery that…

Snowy mix leaves behind slushy roads, icy patches

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The wintry mix Saturday left behind slushy, wet roads. The National Weather Service warned of patchy ice on sidewalks and roads, especially north and west of the immediate D.C. area.

Saturday, Feb 17

Passenger says teen driver panicked, hit the gas outside NSA

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A passenger in a vehicle that was fired upon outside the National Security Agency campus says the unlicensed teen driver made a wrong turn, panicked and hit the gas.

3 gang members charged after brutal beating of teen girl in MS-13 home

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Three gang members have been charged for first degree assault, child abuse and gang activity after a teenage girl who worked for MS-13 as a prostitute was brutally beaten in a Wheaton, Maryland, home which housed more criminal activity.

Washington National Cathedral needs help naming new red-tailed resident

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The Washington National Cathedral has reached out to the public for help in naming their new resident: a red-tailed hawk. See photos.

Va. man found guilty in 1991 DC triple homicide

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A jury found 47-year-old Benito Valdez, formerly of Arlington, Virginia, guilty of multiple counts related to an execution-style shooting that killed three people in a D.C. park in 1991.

Friday, Feb 16

Ex-VDOT superintendent sentenced in $11M bribe scheme

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Anthony Willie and another VDOT supervisor took cash bribes in exchange for about $11 million in snow removal contracts and other benefits, court documents show.

What’s open, closed on Presidents Day?

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There will be changes to what services are available and what offices are open on Feb. 19. Here’s everything you need to know to plan for the federal holiday.

5-year sentence for former Massage Envy employee in sexual assaults

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Habtamu Gebreslassie, a former massage therapist at Massage Envy, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday afternoon in D.C. Superior Court. He was convicted of sexually assaulting three women.

Md. student charged after bringing loaded handgun to high school

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Clarksburg High School student Alwin Chen, 18, of Germantown, Maryland, faces multiple charges after he brought a gun to school, police said.

Thursday, Feb 15

Construction work ramps up at Reagan National Airport; traffic jams to come

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Driving to or through Reagan National Airport is expected to include detours and delays for at least the next year, as construction ramps up next week on two new security checkpoint buildings.

Warrants, interviews, but no arrests in killings of Aldie mother, son

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Sources tell WTOP that search warrants have been served in several jurisdictions regarding the Aldie, Virginia, killings, but warrants in Loudoun County have apparently been sealed.

Wrong turn? Authorities try to narrow causes of NSA security scare at Fort Meade

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With a bevy of exit ramps that wind and weave their way through the area, the FBI is not discounting the idea that the driver of the SUV just made a wrong turn and then panicked as he approached armed guards outside the secure NSA gate.

Pregnant Md. teacher’s killing prompts new bill around fetal homicide

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A proposed bill aims to change how the homicide of a fetus can be prosecuted in Maryland. The bill is based off the case of pregnant Howard County teacher Laura Wallen, who was killed last September.

Wednesday, Feb 14

Exclusive: Confusion reigned ahead of Va.’s dramatic 2017 election

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According to documents obtained by WTOP, officials at the Virginia Department of Elections and the city of Fredericksburg were unsure about how district lines were defined in the years leading up to November 2017.

FBI: Incident at NSA headquarters not believed to be terrorism

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“We also have no reason to believe there’s any nexus at all to terrorism at this point,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson. The SUV driver, an NSA police officer and an onlooker were all hospitalized.

Rockville’s oldest bar, Hank Dietle’s Tavern, destroyed by morning fire

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Hank Dietle's Tavern, Rockville's oldest bar, was destroyed Wednesday morning by a fire that authorities believe was started by "smoking materials" on the front porch.

Park Police chief cancels meeting about proposed camera requirement

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Amid the ongoing investigation into Bijan Ghaisar's fatal shooting by U.S. Park Police, the chief canceled a meeting with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Virginia Rep. Don Beyer.