WTOP’s Top 5 morning stories

Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe is fouled as he drives to the basket against Washington Wizards forward Brian Cook during the Wizards\' loss Monday night. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Good morning, Washington area — Five stories to keep you informed and get you going:

Would a nuclear blast destroy D.C.?: A U.S. government study analyzed the likely effects from terrorists setting off a 10-kiloton nuclear device a few blocks north of the White House. http://bit.ly/H93Ttw

Justices take up heart of health care overhaul law: The Supreme Court is taking up the key question in the challenge to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul: Can the government force people to carry insurance or pay a penalty? http://bit.ly/GTJXHT

New claims cast Trayvon Martin as the aggressor: A slain Florida teenager and the neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed him exchanged words before the teen punched him in the nose and began banging the man’s head on the ground, according to the watch captain’s account of the confrontation that led to the shooting. http://bit.ly/zIB3BB

Fairfax County paints deer pink: A research study to control ticks in Fairfax County is creating a bizarre sight: deer with pink stripes. http://bit.ly/GTJTbb

NASA launches suborbital rockets from Virginia: After several delays, NASA has launched five rockets from Virginia that are part of a study of the upper level jet stream. http://bit.ly/GTK5ap

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