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Washington’s Top News — Monday, September 1, 2014

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

Labor Day brings changes to the daily routine

All government offices are closed for the holiday, and there are a lot of changes on the roads this Labor Day as well — check out what you can and can’t do today.

Ferguson police start wearing body cameras

Police in the St. Louis suburb where a white officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old have started wearing body cameras.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson.

49er Ray McDonald accused of domestic violence

Just a few days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, San Francisco 49er defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with felony domestic violence on Sunday.

US judge blocks enforcement of new La. abortion law

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect Monday, but he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing.

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.

Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City’s 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.

Its casino will close early Tuesday.

Revel is shutting down a little over two years after opening with high hopes of revitalizing Atlantic City’s struggling gambling market.

Germany to help Kurd fighters

The German government is sending some top-flight military equipment to Iraq to help the Kurdish Peshmerga who are fighting Islamic State militants.

Three shipments will be made starting at the end of September. They’ll include high-end rifles, tank-busting weapons and armored vehicles. On Sunday, the U.S. carried out two more airstrikes against IS militants.

What really happened to Tony Soprano?

It’s been seven years since one of the hottest debates in the history of television began: What happened to Tony Soprano in the final scene of the modern classic “The Sopranos”? Was he killed? Or did something else happen?

Series creator David Chase got the whole argument going again last week, when he divulged some important information about Soprano’s fate. And on WTOP’s Entertainment page, film critic Jason Fraley analyzes the whole sequence again, and has his own theories about what happened. See whether his take lines up with yours.

DC United states its case

DC United has picked a good year to have a good year, Noah Frank writes – they’re in the middle of a worst-to-first season that coincides with soccer’s quadrennial World Cup popularity boost and the team’s push for their own home in the Buzzard Point area of the District. On WTOP’s Sports page, Frank breaks down United’s season, and talks with a player and the coach about what their comeback season could mean for soccer in D.C.

What happens to data from your wearables?

A fitness-band company announced last week that they could tell how far from the epicenter last week’s Northern California earthquake was felt by studying the sleep data from their users.

Wait, what?

That kind of use of your information is probably not the kind of thing you thought you signed up for when you took the plunge into wearable tech, but that might be the deal. On WTOP’s Tech page, Gregg Stebben, of Men’s Health, explains what happens to your personal data, what could potentially happen to it, and what you can do to protect yourself.

Are we ready for RoboBee?

Colony Collapse Disorder – the sharp decline in the world’s bee population – threatens a third of the global food supply. There are lots of ways to fight back, and one of them is a tiny robot that could be used to pollinate crops the way real bees do.

Behold the RoboBee. On WTOP’s Living page, Rachel Nania explains how it works, what they could also be used for, and when you can expect to see them in a field near you.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Follow @WTOP on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook.

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