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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 »

A Nazi Salute Prompts Apology From DC Restaurant

Maggiano's says it didn't know dinner was for white nationalists

(Newser) - A private banquet dinner, a reality-TV star, and a tweet showing a Nazi salute have placed a DC Italian restaurant in the center of controversy. Maggiano's Little Italy hosted a dinner Friday for a group that had a conference in DC the next day, apparently without knowing the group... More »

DC Votes for Statehood

Drafted constitution now goes before Congress for approval—but it's a tough road

(Newser) - A push to make Washington, DC, the nation's 51st state forged ahead Tuesday with voters in the district giving a thumbs-up to the initiative in an Election Day referendum, the Washington Post reports. Per NBC Washington , 86% of DC voters approved the referendum. "With massive turnout, District residents... More »

A Few People Hate Airport Noise, and Everyone Pays

(Newser) - In 2015, a whopping 8,760 noise complaints were made at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in DC. A little digging reveals that 6,852 of those complaints (almost 80%) came from one household. And yes, that's more than 18 calls a day for a year. Similar stories... More »

Aging Condos in a Financial Bind That Could Doom Them

'Washington Post' looks at growing problem

(Newser) - For the fifth straight summer, children could only gaze at the expansive pool at their condo complex in Maryland through a chain-link fence. A dirty tarp covers the in-ground pool at the 60-year-old Grand Bel II complex in Silver Spring, which has no money to run it or fix the... More »

Eating a Cop's Fries Is Apparently Illegal

A Maryland woman learned that the hard way

(Newser) - Stealing food off a friend's plate might be acceptable, but it's best not to take such liberties with a police officer. Police tell Fox 5 that a 26-year-old Maryland woman and a friend started a conversation with an officer at a DC restaurant on Wednesday, then the first... More »

Homeless Woman, 80, Finally Gets $100K Owed to Her by US

Wander Witter tried to prove her case for years

(Newser) - For years Wanda Witter, an 80-year-old retired machinist wandered the streets of Washington, DC, with three suitcases crammed full of Social Security paperwork that she insisted proved the government owed her a lot of money. People called her crazy and a hoarder, especially because she slept in shelters or on... More »

Former DC Mayor's Son Dead at 36 From Suspected Overdose

Family believes drug overdose is to blame

(Newser) - Marion Christopher Barry once hoped to follow his famous father into Washington, DC, politics. Instead, he has followed him to the grave at the age of 36. Family members tell NBC Washington that Barry, the only child of former Mayor Marion Barry, died early Sunday from a suspected drug overdose.... More »

DC Man Is First US Cop Accused of Aiding ISIS

Nicholas Young was a metro transit officer before FBI sting

(Newser) - A 36-year-old Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officer was arrested at work Wednesday on suspicion of providing financial support to the Islamic State, NBC News reports. It's the first time a US cop has been charged with aiding ISIS. According to CNN , the FBI had been investigating Nicholas Young... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... More »

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