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Santa, Sledgehammers Kick Off Pentagon City Mall Renovation Preview

Tue Nov 25, 2014

Officials from Simon Property Group on Thursday previewed the big changes coming to the company's Fashion Centre at Pentagon City mall. Full Story

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U.Va. looks at alcohol as factor in sex assaults

Tue Nov 25, 2014

A University of Virginia board on Tuesday honed in on alcohol as a contributing factor in sexual assaults on campus, with one member calling for more aggressively enforcing the law banning underage drinking. Full Story

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Defense wants charges axed in Alexandria slayings

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Attorneys for a man charged with three murders in Alexandria over the last 11 years have asked a judge to throw out the charges against him, or at least limit the evidence prosecutors can present against him at trial. Full Story

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Report: Warrant reveals Harrington case DNA link

Tue Nov 25, 2014

A search warrant says DNA on a shirt and a cigar butt linked the suspect in a University of Virginia student's disappearance to the death of another young woman five years ago. Full Story

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Undercover officers deployed in Tysons Corner to curtail uptick in crime

Wed Nov 26, 2014

It's a program that has netted arrests and returned merchandise valued in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Now, as another holiday shopping season begins, Fairfax County is deploying its undercover team into the malls. Full Story

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Redskins have started 24 QBs since 1993

Wed Nov 26, 2014

The Washington Redskins have benched Robert Griffin III and are going back to Colt McCoy, the latest development in the team's unrelenting revolving door at quarterback. Full Story

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Dulles Town Center jewelry store hit by smash-and-grab robbery

Tue Nov 25, 2014

A group of men smashed a jewelry case with sledgehammers and took a large number of high-end wristwatches from a jewelry store in the Dulles Town Center on Tuesday. Full Story

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Spyware app CEO pleads guilty, avoids prison time

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Federal prosecutors are announcing what they say is the first-ever criminal conviction involving the sale of an eavesdropping tool for cellphones. Full Story

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Va. agency tells APCo to refund $5.8m to customers

Wed Nov 26, 2014

State regulators have directed Appalachian Power to refund more than $5 million to Virginia customers. Full Story

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Autopsy shows Virginia woman was strangled

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Patrick County's sheriff says a preliminary autopsy shows a Stuart woman died of asphyxia by strangulation. Full Story

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Herring continues to pay off campaign debt

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is still chipping away at campaign debt related to a recount last year. Full Story

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Dominion expresses concern over proposed EPA rules

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Virginia's largest electric company has told federal regulators that proposed federal regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants are unfair to the state. Full Story

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Police: Man Arrested for Trying to Rape Teen in Buckingham

Tue Nov 25, 2014

A 20-year-old Maryland resident was arrested in Arlington's Buckingham neighborhood Saturday night after police say he attempted to rape a 16-year-old girl. Full Story

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Police Ramp Up Ticketing on Food Trucks in Rosslyn

Wed Nov 26, 2014

For the past two weeks, officers with the Arlington County Police Department spent the lunch hour issuing parking tickets to food trucks and other vehicles along N. Lynn Street in Rosslyn. Full Story

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Ebola isolation at Va. base 'pretty much vacation'

Tue Nov 25, 2014

Life in isolation at a Virginia Air Force base for military members who have returned from Africa after serving in the Ebola response mission involves plenty of games, exercise and relaxation. Full Story

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Virginia's infant mortality rate improves

Wed Nov 26, 2014

Virginia officials are reporting a substantial decrease in the state's infant mortality rate. Full Story