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After a week of searching, no cougar found in Alexandria

Fri Sep 19, 2014

After a week of searching, wild life experts in Fairfax County didn't find a Cougar in the area near Riverside Elementary in Alexandria. Full Story

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Teen sues over phony Montgomery County school psychologist

Thu Sep 18, 2014

An 18-year-old from Montgomery County is suing the county and the estate of a man who masqueraded as a school psychologist for more than a decade. Full Story

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Md. teacher wins $1M on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A Silver Spring teacher has become the third contestant to win more than $1 million on "Wheel of Fortune." Full Story

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CDC confirms respiratory illness in Va.

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Virginia is the latest state to detect a respiratory illness caused by an uncommon virus similar to the germ that causes the common cold. Full Story

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Virginia teen sentenced in parents' slayings

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A Norfolk teenager convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of his parents has been sentenced to 25 years and 10 months in prison. Full Story

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Va. seeks volunteers for U.Va. student search

Fri Sep 19, 2014

State emergency management officials are seeking volunteers for what they call a mass search Saturday for a missing University of Virginia student. Full Story

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In wake of beheadings, Busch Gardens removes props

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Busch Gardens removed some props from their Halloween attractions after people in Virginia complained about decapitated heads, the theme park said Thursday. Full Story

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3 officers indicted for allegedly beating inmates

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Prosecutors say three Baltimore correctional officers have been charged with assaulting several inmates in what they describe as retaliation for an attack on a fellow officer. Full Story

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Family of Georgetown student who likely died of meningitis releases statement

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Two days after the death of a Georgetown University student, her family has released a statement expressing gratitude and asking for privacy. Full Story

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Investigators close in on answers in Lyon sisters case

Wed Sep 17, 2014

Montgomery County investigators believe they are closer to determining the truth about what happened to two sisters who disappeared in 1975 and they believe multiple people were involved. Full Story

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Hogan accuses Brown of lying in campaign ads

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Republican Larry Hogan is accusing Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown of lying in campaign ads in Maryland's governor's race. Full Story

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Man reconvicted in wife's 1972 murder in Maryland

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A man who spent more than 40 years in prison for his wife's 1972 murder in Prince George's County has been convicted of the crime a second time. Full Story

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Local Va. tourism gets $850,000 boost

Fri Sep 19, 2014

More than $850,000 in matching grant money is headed to 46 local tourism initiatives to help regional tourism officials attract more visitors. Full Story

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Seasonal sipping: Fresh cocktails, perfect for fall

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Apple, cranberry, maple and other flavors of fall serve a purpose beyond being baked into pies, whipped into sides and simmered in sauces -- they're great in cocktails too. Full Story

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On encryption, area fire chiefs talk it out

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Just a week removed from a regional row over encrypted radio channels, fire chiefs from across the region met to smooth out concerns and make plans for mutual responses. Full Story

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Group aims to redo neglected site on National Mall

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Lakeside gardens, model boats and fine dining overlooking the nation's monuments could one day redefine a site on the National Mall that has languished for years with fetid water, dying fish and crumbling walkways. Full Story