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Costs for medical procedures vary greatly across D.C. region

In the D.C. area, a CT scan of your brain ranges in price from $78 to $1,673, while an MRI of your lower back can cost anywhere from $460 to $3,026. Learn why there's such a gap.

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The Latest on storm: Rocks used to try stabilizing dam

Authorities are ordering people living near a compromised dam in the Columbia, South Carolina area to evacuate immediately.

AP Investigation: Nuclear smugglers sought terrorist buyers

Criminal organizations are driving a thriving black market in nuclear materials in the tiny and impoverished Eastern European country of Moldova, investigators say.

Thousands of drug inmates approved for early prison release

Many cleared for early release starting this fall fit a sympathetic profile: small-time dealers targeted by a draconian approach to drug enforcement. But some carried semi-automatic weapons and had past convictions for crimes including robbery and assault.

New school rating system going into effect

The Virginia Board of Education’s labels conform to a new law requiring the board to recognize the progress of schools that are still falling short of goals for overall graduation rates or pass rates on the state’s Standards of Learning tests.

Astros eliminate Yankees from MLB Postseason

The upstart Houston Astros blanked the New York Yankees 3-0 in the American League Wild Card game in Bronx Tuesday night to advance to the ALDS.

A guide to watching sports without cable

There are lots of online options for watching football, baseball and basketball this fall. Many require subscriptions, but they can be less costly than cable. And some, with restrictions, are free.

Blumenthal presses Justice Dept. to investigate latest VA scandal

Sen. Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to the Justice Department pushing for an investigation of unethical behavior by employees of the VA’s Veterans Benefit Administration.

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