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Uber tests new delivery service in D.C.

Washington, D. C. - The popular car service company is test-driving a new product delivery service in the nation's capital. However, the test area leaves out African American and Hispanic neighborhoods.

Former White House press secretary James Brady dies at 73

Alexandria - Former White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was severely injured in an assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan in 1981, died Monday at a retirement home in Virginia, a family spokesman announced.

Citigroup to pay $7 billion to settle U.S. financial claims

Washington D.c. - U.S. banking giant Citigroup Inc. agreed Monday to pay $7 billion to settle government claims that it lied to investors when it sold them some $30 billion in financial products backed by subprime mortgages, precipitating the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

Op-Ed: Devil's advocate — Keeping the Redskins name

In recent weeks, pressure has mounted on the National Football League to compel Washington Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, to change the name of his team.

Video: Santa Claus got arrested at the White House

Washington - It seems that Santa himself has been a very bad boy. He got arrested at the White House the other day. He really wasn't asking that much, just an increase in the minimum wage, but it seems his Christmas wish didn't come true.

John Kerry promises some U.S. spying practices will end

John Kerry, United States secretary of state, said last night some of America's spying activities have "reached too far." Speaking by videolink yesterday to a conference with the Open Government Partnership, Mr Kerry confirmed trust needs to be restored.

Man torches himself with gasoline near Capitol Hill

Washington - An unidentified man set himself on fire early Friday evening at Washington’s National Mall close to federal museums currently closed as a result of the US government shutdown. There was no immediate explanation for the incident.

Op-Ed: 9/11 a day of tribute, and remembering the importance of living

Minneapolis - Like Pearl Harbor, it's a day that will live in infamy. Thousands were lost and countless families never even got a chance to say goodbye.

One day waiting period proposed for Washington DC tattoos

Getting tattoos and body piercings on impulse may become less impulsive if Washington DC health regulators get their way.

Washington wants to host Summer Olympics in 2024

Despite being snubbed to host the Olympic games in 2012 officials in Washington believe their city is a perfect location for the 2024 Summer Games.

Giant panda, Mei Xiang, gives birth at Smithsonian National Zoo

Washington - Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth at the Smithsonian National Zoo. This is the giant panda's third cub. She had given birth last September, but sadly, that panda only lived for a few days.

Photo essay: World Deserts exhibit at the U.S. Botanic Garden Special

Washington - The United States Botanic Garden houses a wonderful collection of plants. Every day many people enter the conservatory's doors in order to get a glimpse at the often rare, and always beautiful, collections.

FBI counter-terror team celebrates 30 years of service

Quantico - The FBI is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its Hostage Rescue Team. Always ready to respond to a crisis situation, this specialized entity is America's premier SWAT team and a world renowned counter-terrorism force.

Trump approved for 60-year lease of historical Old Post Office

Washington - The deal between the U.S. General Services Administration and real estate tycoon Donald Trump has been finalized. Trump can now move forward with plans to redevelop Washington D.C.'s historic Old Post Office. His company has secured a 60-year lease.

Rapper Nas pledges to help homeless family in Washington

After hearing about a Washington family who lost their home in a fire, New York rapper Nas was deeply moved and decided to take action.

Grazing goats to clean invasive plants in Capitol Hill cemetery

Washington - A team of goats has been "hired" to clean out the invasive plants that are currently taking over the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The work is expected to take about six days of 24-hour shifts.

Study finds Washington, DC is the least honest place in America

Washington - An informal study determined that people in Washington, DC were the least likely to use the honor system when it came to paying for bottles of tea. This marks the second year in a row that the nation's capital has received the unflattering distinction.

Video: Iraqi woman speaks at Free Bradley Manning rally in DC

Washington - During a rally in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Iraqi citizen, Farah Muhsin Al Mousawi, gave an impassioned speech, calling for the release of Manning, directly addressing Major General Jeffrey Buchanan.

Lincoln Memorial vandalized, splashed with green paint (UPDATED)

Washington - Vandals reportedly splashed green paint on the Lincoln Memorial located on the National Mall. The U.S. Park Police are currently investigating the crime.

Unpublished interview with now-deceased reporter Helen Thomas Special

Washington - Legendary White House reporter Helen Thomas died today at the age of 92. She achieved many "firsts" in her career, including opening up the White House Correspondents' Dinner to women. Thomas shared some details of that event with this reporter.

Mobile payments bring taxi cabs into the 21st century

Taxi cabs have been cruising the United States helping passengers traverse the landscape for close to a century. And for most of that 100 year period, cash and coin have been the only compensation taxi drivers could accept.

Hundreds protest Zimmerman trial outcome in Washington DC

As the news about the George Zimmerman trial in Florida spread, people from coast-to-coast in America took to the streets and CNN showed Zimmerman's personal data on nationwide TV.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano leaving DC for UC

Washington - After more than four years as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Napolitano announced in a statement today that she will be leaving the post to head the University of California System.

Op-Ed: Washington critical of everyone but itself in Snowden affair

Washington continues to shirk its own responsibility in its mishandling of state secrets. Criticizing China for letting Snowden go is like blaming the fireman for the smoke detector without batteries.

Walmart threatens to leave DC over city's 'living wage' mandate

Washington - Walmart has threatened to scrap plans to build three stores in Washington DC and halt construction on three others already being built over the city's so-called 'living wage' bill.

EU diplomats in Washington, New York and Brussels spied on by NSA

A document cited by Der Spiegel magazine is reporting that not only were European citizens spied on by the NSA, but also employees of EU diplomatic missions in both Washington and the UN. Updated with video.

Op-Ed: What to do in DC with the kids on days it's too hot to be outside Special

Looking for something to do in the D.C. area this summer when it's too hot to be outside? There are plenty of things to do that are inside the comfort of air conditioned buildings and are very child-friendly.

Work ongoing where sinkhole opened on Washington, D.C. street Special

Washington - On Tuesday a 15-foot deep sinkhole opened up on a busy Washington, D.C. street. The repairs were initially expected to take a couple of days, but the work will continue through this weekend.

In photos ─ Activists March against Monsanto in Washington, D.C. Special

Washington - Activists around the world today gathered in their communities to unite for the March against Monsanto. Supporters of this cause would like to see foods containing GMOs, along with dangerous chemicals, banned. Or, at least, labeled.

Sinkhole opens up and disrupts D.C. traffic during rush hour

Washington - A sinkhole opened up on an intersection in downtown Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. The streets around the sinkhole were closed and this caused problems during rush hour.
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Jefferson Memorial
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Festival goers pose for pictures along the Tidal Basin on the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festiv...
Festival goers pose for pictures along the Tidal Basin on the first day of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington DC 2011.
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Bad Religion performing at the Reason Rally.
Bad Religion performing at the Reason Rally.
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Flying kites
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Photos of the pandas at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
Photos of the pandas at the National Zoo in Washington D.C.
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Ceiling inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building.
Ceiling inside the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building.
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Evidence of repair work is visible at Union Station in Feb. 2013
Evidence of repair work is visible at Union Station in Feb. 2013
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You can see the netting stretched across the ceiling in the station s Main Hall.
You can see the netting stretched across the ceiling in the station's Main Hall.
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All of the plants in the garden are labeled with descriptive signs
All of the plants in the garden are labeled with descriptive signs
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Visitors sitting aside one of two pools of water outside the U.S. Supreme Court
Visitors sitting aside one of two pools of water outside the U.S. Supreme Court
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Washington DC
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Washington Post headquarters in Washington DC
Washington Post headquarters in Washington DC
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A DeLorean  made in Ireland  made a showing in D.C. s 2012 St. Patrick s Day Parade
A DeLorean, made in Ireland, made a showing in D.C.'s 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade
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Signs protesting the practice of fracking
Signs protesting the practice of fracking
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Bolivian Dancers
Bolivian Dancers
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Teen atheist Jessica Ahlquist giving her speech at the Reason Rally.
Teen atheist Jessica Ahlquist giving her speech at the Reason Rally.
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 Keep the Rally  attendees on July 23  2012 near the Washington Monument
"Keep the Rally" attendees on July 23, 2012 near the Washington Monument
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The artwork in the Rotunda depicts historical moments; this is Kitty Hawk.
The artwork in the Rotunda depicts historical moments; this is Kitty Hawk.
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This sign illustrates many of the problems people have with Monsanto  it s practices and products.
This sign illustrates many of the problems people have with Monsanto, it's practices and products.
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Approximately 6 million people visit the Lincoln Memorial each year.
Approximately 6 million people visit the Lincoln Memorial each year.
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