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Abortion Doc Takes on Hospital Over 'Gag Order'

She claims hospital has forbid her to speak out on abortion

(Newser) - Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper, an OB-GYN at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC, filed a federal civil rights complaint against the hospital Monday, the New York Times reports. Horvath-Cosper claims the hospital—citing security concerns—put a "gag order" on her to prevent her from defending abortion publicly. According... More »

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter on Capitol Lawn Gets 4 Months in Jail

The former mail carrier says it was a protest of money in politics

(Newser) - A Florida man who piloted a one-person gyrocopter through some of the most restricted US airspace and landed on the lawn of the Capitol last year, was sentenced Thursday to 120 days in jail, the AP reports. Douglas Hughes, 62, has said his April 15, 2015, flight in the bare-bones... More »

Mayor: We'll Vote on Making DC a State

She says residents' "rights are stolen" without statehood

(Newser) - Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser announced plans for a citywide vote in November to make DC the country's 51st state , the Washington Post reports. “We will not stop until we achieve full statehood,” USA Today quotes Bowser as saying Friday. The mayor argues that DC residents' "... More »

Man Breaks Into DC Five Guys, Fires Up the Grill

When in Rome ...

(Newser) - If you're going to break into a burger joint, you might as well take advantage of everything it has to offer, including its meat patties and condiments bar. That's apparently what one hungry suspect—dubbed a bona fide "Hamburglar" by more than one news outlet —reportedly... More »

These NYC Apartments Offer Little Privacy, Free Beer

WeLive communal spaces available for $1,375 monthly

(Newser) - Sleeping behind a curtain in Manhattan is now as affordable as $1,375 per month. The WeWork team known for communal work spaces has just launched a building of communal living spaces in New York City's Financial District where rent starts at $1,375 monthly. That price will get... More »

DC Metro Might Shut Down for a Very Long Time

Commuters are calling possible closures 'insane'

(Newser) - If commuters who ride DC's faltering Metrorail were peeved at the system's 29-hour shutdown in mid-March, they're not going to like the news out of the Metro transit system Wednesday. Per Fox5 , a review is underway to determine how badly repairs are needed on the troubled railway,... More »

Party's Mistake Could Keep Sanders Off DC Primary Ballot

The DC Democratic Party was a day late filing his registration info

(Newser) - There's a chance Bernie Sanders' name doesn't appear on the ballot for the Washington, DC, primary thanks to some heel dragging from the DC Democratic Party, NBC Washington reports. The campaigns for both Sanders and Hillary Clinton submitted their $2,500 registration fee to the party on time.... More »

Capitol Gunman May Have Had a Pellet Gun

Larry Russell Dawson charged with assault

(Newser) - Officials confirm the man accused of pulling a weapon only to be shot by US Capitol police at the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday is Larry Russell Dawson, a minister from Antioch, Tenn., who is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer while armed,... More »

First Baby Bald Eagle Hatches From Egg on DC Livecam

2nd eaglet is expected soon

(Newser) - A tiny bald eagle has fully emerged from its shell in a nest high above Washington, the AP reports. The first signs of hatching were spotted in the nest at the US National Arboretum earlier this week. The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment announced in a statement... More »

Rubio Wins DC Caucuses

With Kasich in second place

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has won Saturday's Republican presidential caucuses in Washington, DC, the AP reports. Per the Guardian , Rubio got 37% of the vote and John Kasich came in second with 35%. (Earlier, DC was described as the " race no one wants to win .") Elsewhere, Ted Cruz... More »

GOP Caucus in DC Is 'Race No One Wants to Win'

But that could come back to haunt the candidates

(Newser) - Saturday's Republican caucus in Washington DC could very well be "the one race no one wants to win," the Wall Street Journal reports. That's because, as Politico notes, the remaining candidates have spent the campaign turning the phrase "DC Republicans" into a "campaign epithet.... More »

Airport Gets 6.5K Noise Complaints —From One Person

They equaled 75% of all complaints in 2015

(Newser) - Out of the 8,670 noise complaints Washington's Reagan National Airport received last year, officials say a whopping 6,500 of them came from the same person. Officials at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority say one unidentified Washington resident was responsible for about three-quarters of noise complaints in 2015,... More »

Suspect in Shooting of Pastor Arrested at White House

He claimed 'Martian' pastor wrecked his life

(Newser) - The ex-Marine accused of trying to murder a pastor in Idaho on Sunday is in custody after allegedly chucking material over the White House fence. Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Lee White says Kyle Odom was arrested "safely and without incident" by Secret Service agents at around 5:30pm... More »

The 10 Best US Cities to Call Home

There are some surprises

(Newser) - Looking for a fresh start somewhere? US News & World Report just released its first list of the best places to live in America. The publication used data from the US Census Bureau, FBI, and more; its own rankings of high schools and hospitals; and a survey of thousands of... More »

Family: Wrong Woman Was in Casket at Grandma's Viewing

And no one seems to know where Virginia Gray's body went

(Newser) - When Virginia Gray's grandkids went to Horton's Funeral Home last Friday to pay their respects to the DC matriarch, who had died at the age of 83 in mid-February, they were prepared to say their final goodbyes, News4 reports. But although her family recognized the clothing on the... More »

Thousands Attend Funeral Mass for Justice Scalia

His son, Rev. Paul Scalia, led the service

(Newser) - Thousands of people attended Saturday's funeral Mass in Washington DC for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the AP reports. The Mass was held at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church—the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Paul Scalia—one of... More »

Philanthropist Gives $18.5M to Fix Up Lincoln Memorial

'I’m very honored as an American to be able to contribute in this way'

(Newser) - The Lincoln Memorial will be getting a much-needed facelift in the coming years thanks to an $18.5 million donation from one history-loving philanthropist, CNN reports. "Lincoln deserves to have his memorial in tip-top shape," David Rubenstein tells the AP . The president of the National Park Foundation admits... More »

Under All That DC Snow, a Lot of Green

District issued more than $1.3M in parking tickets during and after blizzard

(Newser) - The District of Columbia stands to rake in more than $1 million in one week—all thanks to parking tickets issued during and after last weekend's major East Coast blizzard . In addition to the $1.3 million in tickets issued as of Wednesday afternoon, DC also hit drivers with... More »

Activist Dies After Longest Protest in US History

White House protester maintained vigil for 35 years

(Newser) - Concepcion Picciotto's fellow activists hope that after 35 years protesting outside the White House, she has finally found peace. Picciotto began her anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1981, and it's believed to be the longest-running protest in American history, reports NPR . All these years, Picciotto has either... More »

Thanks to Congress, You Can Sled Down Capitol Hill

Capitol Police used to reluctantly enforce a ban

(Newser) - It took an act of Congress, but people are now welcome to sled down Capitol Hill. With a major blizzard bearing down on Washington, the US Capitol Police on Thursday said they won't be enforcing—as in years past—a longstanding sledding ban. In legislation that cleared Congress last... More »

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