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Expect heavy holiday traffic this week

Four out of 10 people in the D.C. Metro area plan to leave town for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. How to prepare for clogged roads and holiday travel.

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  • Towson University president resigns due to health concerns

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Towson University’s president says she is resigning due to health concerns. University President Maravene Loeschke has announced she is resigning from her position effective on Friday. In April, university officials announced that Loeschke had been diagnosed with adrenal cancer. She has been on leave since late August. Loeschke had been expected…

  • A fun fundraiser for the Gemmell family

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — A week and a half after a plane crash in Gaithersburg claimed the lives of Marie Gemmell and her two young boys, Cole and Devin, there was laughter at a fundraiser Thursday night for her surviving family. Kids enjoyed a giant inflatable slide, games and a magic show at the Pop-Up…

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday. Concerned that some data might have been…

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    WASHINGTON — A dog with no front paws learned to run with the help of a 3-D printer. A promotional video for 3D Systems tells the story of how the company’s 3-D-printed prosthetics allowed Derby, a disabled dog, to run upright for the first time. Derby was born with a congenital deformity characterized by small…

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  • Ballou High School prepares for new facilities

    WASHINGTON — Winter break is still a week off, but students at Ballou High School are anxious for it to be over. Come January, a shiny new facility with 87 classrooms, bio-technology labs, art spaces and a mechanic training shop will open. “Man, this place is just the bomb,” Mayor Vince Gray said, looking around…

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    The holidays are the great equalizer, connecting all genres and generations of music. What other time of year can you hear Bing Crosby back to back with Run DMC, Gene Autry, Bruce Springsteen and Mariah Carey? WTOP’s Jason Fraley counts down the Top 100 Christmas Songs of All Time.

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