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Pressure Cooker in Car Near Capitol Destroyed

Car's owner found, arrested

(Newser) - A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the US Capitol and the vehicle's owner was found and arrested, a US Capitol Police spokeswoman said. Capitol Police officers on routine patrol spotted the parked, unoccupied vehicle on a... More »

Cops: DC Suspect Had Help in Mansion Murders

So far, Daron Wint is the only person charged

(Newser) - Daron Wint remains the only person charged in the murders of four people in a DC mansion, but authorities say he didn't act alone. Without going into great detail, the police affidavit asserts that the killings “required the presence and assistance of more than one person," reports... More »

DC Murder Suspect Charged

Daron Wint, 4 others arrested in northeast DC

(Newser) - Daron Dylon Wint, the chief suspect in a Washington, DC, quadruple murder, has been taken into custody along with several possible accomplices, police say; CNN reports that Wint was today charged with first-degree murder while armed and is expected in court this afternoon. Police had been seeking the 34-year-old in... More »

DC Murder Suspect May Be in NYC

Cops question his girlfriend in Brooklyn, reports CNN

(Newser) - The investigation into a quadruple homicide in DC continues to move quickly: Police say suspect Daron Dylan Wint may now be in New York City, and authorities today searched a home in Brooklyn but came up empty, reports CNN . Police interviewed a woman believed to be the 34-year-old's girlfriend,... More »

New Wrinkle in DC Murders: a Dropoff of $40K at House

Assistant to Savvas Savopoulos brought package to home hours before slayings

(Newser) - Whoever killed four people in a DC mansion appears to have gotten away with at least $40,000 in cash. The Washington Post reports that an assistant to businessman Savvas Savopoulos dropped off a package with that amount at his home last Thursday while the family and a housekeeper were... More »

Cops: DC Murder Victims Were Held Overnight

Likely more than one suspect involved: police

(Newser) - A mysterious hooded figure isn't the only individual police suspect was involved in the murders of a couple, their son, and housekeeper in Washington, DC. Investigators say at least two people were probably at the home of Savvas Savopoulos, 46, and his wife, Amy, 47, as early as Wednesday... More »

Hooded Figure Sought in Puzzling DC Murders

Housekeeper sensed something was wrong

(Newser) - Police are no longer seeking the whereabouts of a blue Porsche after a quadruple murder in an upscale Washington, DC, neighborhood—but they've released video of a "person of interest" who may have been driving it before it was found burning behind a church. In surveillance video, a... More »

Puzzling Clues in DC Murders: Blue Porsche, Odd Text

Police say it's homicide, but much unknown about 4 found dead in burning home

(Newser) - With firefighters' discovery on Thursday afternoon of four bodies in a burning home in an upscale DC neighborhood, a mystery presented itself: Who were they, how did they die, and what's the possible connection of a blue Porsche? Police now say they have only some of the answers. The... More »

Police Seek News of Blue Porsche After Bodies Found

Authorities say site of house fire in DC is 'major crime scene'

(Newser) - Firefighters who responded yesterday afternoon to a blaze that authorities are calling "very suspicious" found four bodies inside the Washington, DC, home—and they're now seeking news of a blue Porsche that could be tied to the case. The fire was called in around 1:30pm; a neighbor... More »

Secret Service Busts Latest White House Fence-Jumper

Intruder hopped fence on southern perimeter, charges pending

(Newser) - Yet again , someone has climbed the White House fence , the Washington Post reports. The Secret Service says it arrested the intruder right away on the south side of the grounds at around 10:25 last night. A package the person was carrying was not dangerous, the Secret Service adds.... More »

DC Suspect Captured After Census Guard Killed

Alleged kidnapper shot after car chase

(Newser) - A security guard at the Census Bureau is dead and an injured suspect is in custody after a dramatic series of events that police say started with an alleged kidnapping. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a guard at bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., was shot several times when he... More »

White House, Capitol Hit by Power Outages

Explosion at plant blamed, and officials rule out terrorism

(Newser) - The White House, State Department, and Capitol were hit by widespread power outages across Washington and its suburbs this afternoon, with a fire or explosion at a power plant in southern Maryland to blame. Homeland Security officials said all signs point to an accident, not terrorism, reports the Washington Post ... More »

Pot Becomes Legal in DC Despite Threat to Jail Mayor

Muriel Bowser unfazed by GOP warning

(Newser) - Recreational marijuana became legal in Washington DC at a minute after midnight, but some House GOP leaders were already fuming. In a stern letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz warned that city officials who allowed voter-approved legalization to go ahead would be doing so in... More »

Parents Left Kids in Cold Car to Go to Wine Tasting: Cops

DC couple says they were monitoring their 2 toddlers with an iPhone

(Newser) - Two DC parents were arrested over the weekend after police say they left their two toddlers locked in a car while they attended a wine-tasting at a posh restaurant, the Washington Post reports. Cops say they received a call about the kids on Saturday afternoon and found the 22-month-old boy... More »

One Dead, Dozens Hurt as Smoke Fills DC Subway

And early morning fire at Penn Station causes delays

(Newser) - One person died and at least 83 others were hospitalized after smoke filled a Washington, DC, subway station and tunnel during the afternoon rush hour yesterday. Hundreds of people were evacuated from L'Enfant Plaza station—one of the Metro network's busiest—and from a Yellow Line train that... More »

After 30 Years, Lawmakers Are No Longer Roomies

Schumer, Durbin, Miller say goodbye to 'Alpha House'

(Newser) - George, Rich, and Chuck have lived like typical roommates for the last 30 years, poking fun at Chuck for dropping crumbs, having heated battles over whether Cheerios or Frosted Mini-Wheats is best, and getting on each other for not picking up after themselves. But last week, they packed up and... More »

Marion Barry Dies at 78

Former DC mayor collapsed outside his home

(Newser) - Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the DC Council. Instead, Barry will be... More »

Armed Woman Arrested Outside White House

Michigan's April Lenhart charged with carrying an unregistered firearm

(Newser) - Inside the White House, President Obama was talking immigration ; outside, Secret Service agents were making an arrest. Agents say that just before 8:30pm last night they spotted April Lenhart, 23—who NBC News reports was taking part in a demonstration—walking with a holstered 9mm handgun along the north... More »

Marijuana Now Legal in 3 More Places

Minimum wage increases pass in 3 states

(Newser) - Marijuana legalization advocates are on a roll: Ballot measures loosening pot laws have passed in Alaska , Oregon, and Washington, DC. The DC law—which could still be blocked by Congress—will allow residents and visitors to grow and possess marijuana but not sell it, reports the Washington Post , while the... More »

Here's the State Whose Drivers Are the Rudest

Idaho's the worst; Washington, DC, is No. 2: survey

(Newser) - Nervous motorists may want to avoid Idaho—it is, according to a new survey, the state that's home to the country's rudest drivers, MSN Autos reports. Why? Two reasons, Insure.com reports: Drivers who drive too slowly and those who tear past them "and flip them off.... More »

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