Washington’s Top News – Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Here’s a look at some of the day’s top stories from WTOP:

Beware the SmarTrip scam

If someone offers to sell you a secondhand SmarTrip card, Metro police warn, it’s likely a scam that will leave you without your money or a card. Find out what to look out for, and why trying to beat the system won’t pay off.

Arrests in unrest near St. Louis

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, say several people have been arrested in Monday night’s violence following a weekend police shooting that killed a black teen.

On Monday, the FBI opened an investigation into the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who authorities say was shot several times. Witnesses say Ferguson had his hands up when he was shot. Authorities say police used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to break up a crowd Monday night.

Police say there’s been no vandalism and looting of businesses, as there was Sunday night.

Entertainment world remembers Robin Williams

“Mork and Mindy” co-star Pam Dawber says she’s “completely and totally devastated” to learn of the death of actor Robin Williams.

Steven Spielberg calls Williams a “pal” and says, “Robin was a lightning storm of comic genius and our laughter was the thunder that sustained him.”

And actor and comedian Steve Martin tweeted that Williams was a “mensch,” a “great talent, acting partner” and a “genuine soul.” Williams died Monday of an apparent suicide at age 63.

US urges speedy formation of new Iraq government

Secretary of State John Kerry is urging Iraq’s new leaders to work quickly to form an inclusive government and says the U.S. is prepared to offer additional aid in the fight against Islamic State militants. Kerry says the U.S. “stands ready to fully support a new and inclusive Iraqi government.”

Iraq’s new president on Monday announced his choice to replace incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. But al-Maliki isn’t stepping aside quietly and has accused President Fouad Massoum of violating Iraq’s constitution.

A costly win for the Orioles

Baltimore beat the Yankees, 11-3, on Monday night, but lost one of their best players in the process. Third baseman Manny Machado sprained his right knee taking a swing Monday night against the New York Yankees and needed help to get off the field.

Drug company says it’s run out of Ebola drug

A California-based drug company says it has run out of the experimental drug used to treat Ebola. U.S. officials said they had put Liberia in touch with Mapp Biopharmaceutical, and Liberia officials said once they got the drug called ZMapp, it would be given to two sick doctors.

The news comes as anger is growing over the fact that the only people to receive the experimental treatment so far have been Westerners. Two of them are missionaries currently being treated in Atlanta.

Hacking Wi-Fi: So easy, a cat can do it

Can a cat really hack into a Wi-Fi system? Well, not exactly, but it’s a lot easier than you may think. An area security pressed his wife’s grandmother’s cat into service to wander the neighborhood and show how it’s done. Read the details of “War Kitteh” on WTOP’s Tech page.

A big golf outing in more ways than one

When WTOP’s Noah Frank went to play in the World’s Largest Golf Outing, a one-day nationwide golf event held Monday to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project, he said he wanted to play with one of the veterans who would benefit from the event. And he did — just not in the way he expected. On WTOP’s Sports page, he uncovers what happened, tells the stories of the men he played with and explains that a returning soldier’s wounds aren’t always the ones you can see.

A quick way to find local food when eating out

Vanessa Ferragut, of D.C., says that when you go to a farmers market or subscribe to a CSA, you know where your food has come from. But when you eat out, it’s a different story — until now. She’s developed an app that helps you find restaurants that use locally sourced foods, and she tells WTOP’s Rachel Nania how it works on WTOP’s Living page.

How much is too much for the music?

One Direction tickets are averaging $80 this summer. Up to $275 for Jay Z and Beyonce. Even a venue such as the 9:30 Club can set you back $40. It costs more than ever to see live music these days, and we asked readers what was the upper limit for the price they were willing to pay to hear their favorites. Sophie Ho rounded up your answers, and asked the owner of one of D.C.’s most venerable venues what’s behind the ballooning prices, on WTOP’s Entertainment page.

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