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The Obamas Are No Longer Renters

They bought the DC home of NFL exec Joe Lockhart for $8.1M

(Newser) - It's not the White House, but Barack and Michelle Obama clearly aren't too disappointed with their new Washington, DC, home : After renting it for several months, they've opted to buy it, reports People . The Obamas purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood this week for... More »

'Painful Reminder' Found in DC's African- American Museum

Noose discovered in front of one of the displays

(Newser) - In what museum director Lonnie Bunch III calls "a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face," a noose was found in a gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture Wednesday. Visitors to the Washington, DC, museum found the noose in front... More »

Man May Have Collected Blood of More Than 200 People: Cops

Police say he had no license to do so

(Newser) - A creepy alleged crime out of DC this week, where a 43-year-old man was arrested and charged with collecting the blood of area residents. Khoa Hoang Nguyen paid them $30 each for their blood samples, police say, and a number of people went for it—neighbors said they often saw... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

Georgetown Apologizes for 1838 Slave Sale

University has renamed buildings in honor of slaves

(Newser) - Georgetown University and the group of Catholic priests that founded the school in Washington, DC, have apologized for selling slaves in 1838 in order to raise money to pay off the college's debts. The school has renamed two buildings in honor of two of the 272 people sold, reports... More »

Outrage Mounting Over DC's Missing Teens

Black lawmakers call on FBI to help

(Newser) - If only the teenagers missing in Washington, DC, were wearing Super Bowl jerseys, they might be found as quickly as Tom Brady's lucky shirt , says comedian DL Hughley in a tweet , per News One . He's one of several on social media drawing attention to DC cases of missing... More »

DC Bald Eagles Snuggle to Protect Eggs Amid Storm

The eggs are expected to be fine thanks to the protection of their parents

(Newser) - Washington DC has been hit by wind, sleet, and snow this week, but two nesting bald eagles at the US National Arboretum worked to ensure that none of it affected their two eggs. The arboretum says its live eagle cam showed the female eagle—known as The First Lady—sheltering... More »

DC Bar Owners Sue Trump Over 'Unfair Competition'

They want him to close his new hotel or divest

(Newser) - Is it fair for local bars and restaurants in Washington, DC, to have to compete with a restaurant owned by the president of the United States in a building he leases from the federal government? Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, owners of the Cork Wine Bar, think not, and they'... More »

Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument Vandalized

World War II memorial also hit with graffiti

(Newser) - The National Park Service says graffiti has been found at the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and the World War II Memorial, the AP reports. US Park Police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Rose said Tuesday that the messages written in permanent marker were discovered over the holiday weekend. Similar graffiti was... More »

Pregnant Women Told They Didn't Have Zika Get Bad News

DC lab messed up test affecting hundreds, with 2 women now told they tested positive

(Newser) - Almost 300 DC-area women who were pregnant last year likely breathed a sigh of relief when their tests for the Zika virus came back clean. Those sighs turned to gasps on Thursday when city officials announced the district's health lab had botched hundreds of tests and that two local... More »

Melania Has Hired a Chief of Staff, but Little Else

Everyone's wondering how she'll make the first lady role her own

(Newser) - Melania Trump is holed up in New York City until at least the end of son Barron's school year, already redefining the role of first lady. The New York Times reports on that upended role, and whether Melania will even play much of one at all, noting it was... More »

Anti-Abortion March Organizers 'Pulling Out All the Stops'

Pence will speak at march, highest-ranking WH official to do so in person

(Newser) - The Women's March on Washington Saturday drew about 500,000 people, with millions more demonstrating worldwide. Six days later, another march is taking place in DC, and the New York Times notes this event may be tinged with "a new sense of urgency, anxiety, and maybe a little... More »

DC, Chicago Women's Marches So Big There Were No Marches

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are clogging routes

(Newser) - With half-a-million protesters a definite possibility, the march portion of Women's March on Washington is proving an impossibility, the AP reports. A DC official says the entire planned march route to the White House is already packed full of demonstrators. While not making the official march, the hundreds of... More »

Women's Marches Will Be Held on All 7 Continents

'Sister marches' planned in Kenya, New Zealand

(Newser) - On his first full-day in office, President Trump will get the message that "women's rights are human rights"—or that's the hope of some 400,000 people expected to attend the Women's March in Washington on Saturday. Here's what to know about the event:... More »

Jeff Bezos Buys Ex-Museum to Remodel Into Huge DC Home

Neighbors will include Obamas and Trumps

(Newser) - To get a bigger house in Washington, Jeff Bezos would have to be elected president. The Amazon founder is the anonymous buyer who paid $23 million for the former Textile Museum in Washington, DC, in October last year, and he plans to turn it into the city's largest private... More »

Biggest Inauguration Protest Is Brainchild of Hawaii Grandma

Permit for Women's March on Washington seeks accommodations for 200K

(Newser) - Teresa Shook didn't even know how to create an event on Facebook when she first came up with the idea for a protest march—which makes it more astounding that that demonstration, now the Women's March on Washington, will likely be the largest protest in the capital during... More »

On Second Thought, Let's Not Drain the Swamp

An ecologist defends swamps against a 'lazy, inept political metaphor'

(Newser) - Adam Rosenblatt wishes politicians would stop saying "drain the swamp"—and it's not because he's worried about the reputation of the nation's capital. "My extensive experience working in and studying swamps allows me to see just how terrible the analogy is," the American... More »

Yoga Instructor Who Disappeared on Christmas Found Dead: Family

Cops say Tricia McCauley's body was found in her car in DC; suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The body of a DC yoga instructor who disappeared on Christmas has been found, according to her family and police. NBC Washington reports that Tricia McCauley's brother made the sad announcement on Facebook Tuesday morning, offering thanks to his 46-year-old sister's "DC family." "Tricia is... More »

PizzaGate Suspect 'Wanted to Rescue Child Sex Slaves'

Friends say Edgar Maddison Welch thought he was being a hero

(Newser) - The man who allegedly fired shots inside the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria Sunday apparently thought he was on a rescue mission. According to court documents seen by Politico and BuzzFeed , 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch fired three shots inside the Washington, DC, eatery, spent 45 minutes searching the premises and "... More »

Cops: Guy Investigating 'PizzaGate' Fired Shot in DC Eatery

Conspiracy theorists think restaurant is HQ of Clinton sex trafficking ring

(Newser) - Fake news has real consequences, the owner of Comet Ping Pong pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, said after a man who claimed to be investigating the "PizzaGate" conspiracy theory allegedly fired at least one shot inside the establishment Sunday afternoon. The Washington Post reports that North Carolina man Edgar... More »

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