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DC Could Soon Get America's Best Family Benefits

Paid leave will be more than double that of rest of US

(Newser) - Washington, DC, could be about to leave the rest of the US behind and move a lot closer to Europe, at least as far as family leave is concerned. The DC Council backs legislation , to be introduced Tuesday, that would give workers 16 weeks of paid leave for events like... More »

Immigration Group Picked Girl to Rush Pope a Year Ago

5-year-old Sophie Cruz's interaction with Francis wasn't so spontaneous after all

(Newser) - Sophie Cruz's brief encounter with Pope Francis during his parade in Washington this week appeared to be the kind of spontaneous moment that's so endearing about this pope. But for 5-year-old Sophie from suburban Los Angeles, the moment unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of... More »

Pope Francis Arrives: 5 Unusual Details of His Visit

It's a big deal

(Newser) - Pope Francis sets foot on US soil at 4pm today (full schedule here ), and officials in DC, New York, and Philly are scrambling to ensure a smooth, safe stay. Here are five of the more unusual details of his visit:
  1. The visit has spurred one of the largest security
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We Now Know the Panda Cub's Gender

Surviving panda twin is a male: National Zoo

(Newser) - The National Zoo's panda parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, have a son. The zoo announced this morning that the surviving panda cub is male and the son of the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian. Mei Xiang gave birth to fraternal twins Saturday, but the smaller cub—also... More »

You Threw Away $960 Sitting in Traffic Last Year

Average American driver spent 42 hours bumper-to-bumper

(Newser) - If you're stuck in traffic for a few minutes today, look on the bright side: Those few minutes are nothing compared to the 42 hours the average rush-hour commuter spent in traffic last year—or the 6.9 billion hours American drivers squandered while bumper-to-bumper—at a cost of... More »

DC Is Sinking, Literally

Slow-moving process will make rising sea levels even worse, say geologists

(Newser) - It sounds like a metaphor but is geological reality: Washington, DC, is sinking. In fact, researchers led by a team at the University of Vermont predict that the ground will drop another six inches by the end of the century, reports UPI . The cause isn't man-made: It's the... More »

How Not to Ask for Directions to the White House

In the middle of the night, in a truck with guns and ammo

(Newser) - Some guys will never ask for directions, and some guys just shouldn't. An example of the latter: The driver of an out-of-state pickup pulled over his truck in Washington, DC, about 2:30am Tuesday and approached a police officer to ask, "Where's the White House," reports... More »

DC Reporter Killed After Texting Mom: 'On My Way Home'

Police say Charnice Milton wasn't the intended victim

(Newser) - Charnice Milton, a DC reporter, had just finished an assignment at a local meeting Wednesday night and was walking to a bus stop on her way home when she was shot and killed. The 27-year-old was simply in the "wrong place, wrong time," DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier... More »

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 »

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