Washington DC

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'Flash Mob' Steals $13K From Tony Georgetown Store

Between 20 and 30 youths converged on a Diesel shop

(Newser) - What the Washington Post describes as a "flash mob" of juveniles (and not the kind that dances to Taylor Swift ) converged Tuesday evening upon a high-end store in Georgetown, stealing about $13,000 worth of goods, DC cops tell the paper. The Metropolitan Police Department says between 20... More »

ISIS Threatens DC: Keep Up Airstrikes, and You're Next

Video showing rant against 'crusader campaign' hasn't yet been authenticated

(Newser) - The Paris terror attacks were just the start if airstrikes against Syria don't cease, according to unauthenticated ISIS video that surfaced Monday—and the next target could be DC, reports Reuters . The video—which the news agency says was posted on a site used by ISIS, supposedly by militants... More »

Woman Faces 10 Years for Twerking on Stranger

Male victim says he felt 'humiliated' and 'violated'

(Newser) - A woman could face 10 years in prison after twerking on a man without his consent at a gas station in DC, reports the Houston Chronicle . The unidentified victim says the abuse started when two women flashed him while he was pumping gas on Oct. 7. While in the checkout... More »

2 US Cities May Soon Get World's Fastest Train

US advances with pricey plan for 310mph train

(Newser) - Over the weekend, the federal government committed nearly $28 million to take another step toward connecting two US cities with the fastest train in the world, Bloomberg reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , the $27.8 million grant from the Department of Transportation will be used to study planning,... More »

Another Cop Encounters Defiant Teen, and Brilliance Ensues

'Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae?'

(Newser) - If all conflicts could be solved through dance-offs, the world would be much less violent (and Channing Tatum would probably be president, or something). Thankfully it's a world we're one step closer to after a Washington, DC, police officer and Iraq War veteran was caught on camera defusing... More »

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 »

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