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Feb 22, 2015

Smoke appears in Washington subway system three times in two days

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A mechanical failure on a Washington subway train caused smoke to fill a station stop on Sunday in the nation’s capital, the third such incident in two days, according to officials.

L’Enfant Plaza station briefly filled with smoke after a mechanical issue occurred around 11 a.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

Feb 18, 2015

Baltimore time capsule from 1815 opened, newspapers and bottles found

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – A 200-year-old hollowed-out cornerstone to Baltimore’s Washington Monument was opened on Wednesday by officials who found bottles, newspapers and a dedication plaque.

The 1815 cornerstone, a 1,100-pound (500-kg) block of granite with a marble lid, was discovered last week by contractors restoring the 180-foot-high (55-meter-high) marble-columned monument, a Baltimore landmark.

Jan 17, 2015

Rally in support of police planned for Washington, D.C

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hundreds of people were expected to march in the nation’s capital on Saturday in a show of support for law enforcement across the country and to speak out against what they say is an anti-police climate, rally organizers said.

Supporters wearing symbolic blue were set to start the “Sea of Blue” rally around 12 p.m. at Washington’s National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and march to the Capitol, where speakers will address the crowd, said rally organizer Kelly Wince.

Jan 10, 2015

Minivan and truck collide in Maryland, killing five family members

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – Five people, including two children and a pregnant woman, were killed early Saturday in Maryland after truck crashed and rolled over on top of a minivan, state police said.

All five people in the minivan were killed, including Regina Ayres, 24, and her two children, Jordan Ayres, 7, and Jonathan Ayres, 2 months. Regina’s 30-year-old sister, Zerissa Ayres, who was expecting a child, also died. All of them were from Greenbush, Virginia.

Jan 10, 2015

Judge denies gag order in rape case against Virginia abduction suspect

By John Clarke

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – A Virginia judge denied a gag order request on Friday in a rape and attempted murder case against Jesse Matthew, the man also charged with abducting Hannah Graham, a Virginia student whose body was discovered in October on a farm after a five-week search.

Fairfax County Judge David Schell denied a request by Matthew’s defense attorney to ban all parties involved in the case from talking to the media.

Dec 17, 2014

Johns Hopkins apologizes for emailing welcomes to rejected students

By John Clarke

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – Johns Hopkins University issued an apology on Wednesday after mistakenly sending hundreds of rejected applicants email messages welcoming them to the school.

Due to human error, a congratulatory follow-up email message intended for accepted students was unintentionally sent to 294 students who had not been accepted, Dennis O’Shea, a spokesman for the Baltimore, Maryland-based university said.

Dec 17, 2014

Deal for Major League Soccer stadium approved by Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The District of Columbia Council on Wednesday formally approved a deal worth more than $300 million to build a stadium for D.C. United, the city’s Major League Soccer franchise.

The agreement to build the 20,000-seat venue was approved unanimously.

The District of Columbia is contributing about $150 million to acquire land for the stadium on Buzzard Point in southwest Washington and is providing about $43 million in tax breaks. The team will spend about $150 million to build the stadium, which is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 season. 

Dec 9, 2014

Mother killed in Maryland crash had huddled with children: police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Maryland mother of three killed when a small jet crashed into her house in a Washington suburb on Monday, died huddled in a bathroom trying to shield her two youngest children from the smoke and fire caused by the crash, officials said on Tuesday.

A police spokeswoman in Montgomery County identified the victims in the house as Marie Gemmell, 36, and her two young sons, 3-year-old Cole and Devin, just six weeks old.

Nov 20, 2014

Virginia woman waives hearing on Islamic State charges

By John Clarke

(Reuters) – A Virginia woman on Wednesday waived a preliminary hearing on terrorism charges over allegedly lying to U.S. investigators about using social media to promote and recruit for the militant Islamic State group.

Heather Coffman, 29, of Henrico, Virginia, was arrested on Monday after trying to recruit an undercover FBI agent for Islamic State, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond.

Nov 18, 2014

Washington, D.C., approves landmark civil asset forfeiture law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – District of Columbia lawmakers approved legislation on Tuesday that makes it harder for police to seize assets from people who are not ultimately charged with crimes, a bill that backers say is a model for the rest of the country.

The measure approved unanimously by Washington City Council prevents assets taken by police from going to the department, and instead earmarks them for the U.S. capital’s general fund.