Top 5 morning stories – Tuesday, June 12

Former Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein, left, and Bob Woodward, right, stand next to former executive editor Ben Bradlee during an event sponsored by The Washington Post to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate. (AP)

Watergate, the building, starts renovation process
The crime that happened within its walls led to the first and only resignation of a U.S. President: Richard Nixon. Forty years after the Watergate scandal, the office building of the same name is headed for a renovation starting this week.

Father’s Day Index: Mom worth more than dad at home
Men may make more in the workplace compared to women, but at home it’s the other way around. At least that’s according to It’s out with its annual Father’s Day Index, which attempts to calculate the value in wages, in terms of the work a father typically does around the house.

Cost of air conditioner refrigerant skyrockets
Hot and humid weather means it’s time to turn on the air conditioner. But homeowners could get sticker shock if their air conditioner needs to be repaired and the coolant known as Freon needs to be added.

Swear in public? Pay $20 fine in Mass. town
Residents in Middleborough have voted to make the foul-mouthed among them pay fines for swearing in public. At a town meeting Monday night, residents voted 183- 50 to approve a proposal from the police chief to impose a $20 fine on public profanity.

GOP Senate nomination, 6 House races on Va. ballot
Former Sen. George Allen, trying to recapture the Senate seat he lost six years ago, enters Tuesday’s Virginia primary as a strong favorite over three lesser- known Republicans. Allen’s opponents are tea party leader Jamie Radtke of Chesterfield, socially conservative state legislator Bob Marshall and Chesapeake minister E.W. Jackson, all of whom are running to Allen’s right on social issues and have portrayed Allen as a pliant member of a free-spending GOP-ruled Senate in his earlier term.

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