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    WASHINGTON – ABC7 is reporting that a Christmas tree was the source of an Annapolis mansion fire and that the six people found dead inside the remains of the home died of smoke inhalation. Anne…

  • Changes possible at airpark following deadly crash

    ROCKVILLE, Md. – Leaders in Montgomery County are considering two proposals that would limit activity at a small airport in Gaithersburg following a disastrous crash. Six people were killed when a jet crashed into a…

  • National leaders tell UVa sororities to avoid frat bid night

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Sororities at the University of Virginia have been told to stay away from fraternity recruitment events scheduled Saturday. The sororities are part of the National Panhellenic Conference. Conference spokeswoman Michelle Bower…

  • New 2015-2016 Vehicle Decal Announced

    A Yorktown High School junior has won the county’s annual vehicle decal design contest for his nighttime photograph of an office building in Ballston. Tommy Casey’s decal, entitled “A Nod to History,” was voted the…

  • Court hears appeal by Va. man detained after Facebook posts

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A lawyer has urged a federal appeals court to reinstate a lawsuit by a Chesterfield County man who was detained in a psychiatric hospital after posting anti-government messages on Facebook. Brandon…

  • Northbound GW Parkway Diverted

    Update at 12:10 a.m. — All lanes have reopened. All lanes of the northbound George Washington Parkway are being temporarily diverted due to an earlier accident, according to D.C. police. The accident happened this morning…

  • Del. Ken Plum: Reinvigorating Virginia’s Economy

    Virginia is well on its way to economic recovery for many families, but working families across the state are telling me and other legislators that they feel like the recession never ended. Even in Northern…

  • Shareholders OK tobacco firm Reynolds’ deal to buy Lorillard

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc.’s planned $25 billion takeover of Newport seller Lorillard Inc. is moving forward after shareholders approved the deal at special shareholder meetings Wednesday. The deal announced…

  • Woman Arrested in Columbia Pike Hit-and-Run

    The Arlington County Police Department has arrested a 39-year-old Fairfax woman for allegedly running over a man in a Columbia Pike parking lot yesterday evening. Alexandra Mendez was arrested at her home at 6:00 this morning, police have…

  • WARL, Uber team up to deliver puppies around D.C.

    WASHINGTON — Want to play with a puppy without the long-term obligation? The Washington Animal Rescue League is teaming up with Uber and Animal Planet to deliver dogs to your doorstep for a good cause…

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    County Board Nixes TJ Elementary Plan — The Arlington County Board voted last night to refuse to allow Arlington Public Schools to build a new elementary school next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, at least…

  • FCPS Board OKs Plan That Will Expand Herndon, SLHS

    South Lakes and Herndon High Schools are slated get renovations to hold more students after the Fairfax County Public Schools Board approved an $856 million Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2016-2020. The school board approved the five-tear…

  • Virginia Beach woman cited for bringing gun to airport

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Beach woman has been cited for bringing a loaded handgun to Norfolk International Airport. The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday that a TSA officer staffing the checkpoint’s X-ray machine…

  • Wednesday Morning Rundown

    Snow Day Play — Here is a great guide to all indoor kid-friendly places to play from D.C. to Loudoun. [Modern Reston] Entry Increase at Great Falls? — The National Park Service is thinking about…

  • Concert Technologies to open office in Martinsburg

    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Concert Technologies is opening an office in downtown Martinsburg that will employ 48 workers. The company says the new office will support its technology rollout operations. Based in Dulles, Virginia, Concert…