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Here's what's new as area schools reopen

Loudoun, Montgomery, Prince William and Charles counties, as well as Manassas, are among the school systems that begin classes today. From new schools to new schedules, WTOP's guide has you covered on what's changing for the new year.

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California families cope in drought

Millions of Californians are being inconvenienced in this fourth year of drought, urged to flush toilets less often, take shorter showers and let lawns turn brown.

Thai police find bomb materials in 2nd apartment

Thai police say they discovered bomb-making materials during a raid of a second apartment, as authorities widened their search for suspects behind Bangkok’s deadly bombing.

Why this is the worst time of year for ragweed allergy sufferers

Ragweed season started a few weeks ago and will hit its peak sometime around Labor Day, before ending with the first frost.

Gov. Marvin Mandel, who fell from political grace, has died

Marvin Mandel, once considered one of Maryland's most effective governors who then ended up in prison for corruption, died at the age of 95.

Mourners to pay tribute to TV cameraman

A Virginia cameraman killed on live TV will be remembered in his home community of Salem.

Arrieta pitches no-hitter for Cubs in 2-0 win over Dodgers

Jake Arrieta pitched the sixth no-hitter in the majors this season and second against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 days, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 2-0 victory Sunday night.

Ten years after Katrina, DoD cites gains in civilian disaster response

The Pentagon says in the decade since Hurricane Katrina, it’s made several changes that are intended to get Defense Department resources to local disaster zones within hours instead of days.

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