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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 »

Giant Snowstorm May Pummel Northeast

Weekend storm may affect more than 50M

(Newser) - Get your shovels ready: The first major snowstorm of 2016 could wreak havoc on the mid-Atlantic and Northeast by the end of the week. More than 50 million people may be affected as areas around Washington, DC; Philadelphia; Baltimore; New York City; and Boston could see a foot or more... More »

Cops: Guy Who Wanted to Dognap Bo Obama Arrested

On firearms charges, not dognapping charges

(Newser) - Scott Stockert allegedly traveled from North Dakota to Washington DC ... to dognap Bo Obama. Stockert was arrested Wednesday at a Hampton Inn in downtown DC by police officers responding to a tip from the Secret Service about the alleged dognapping plan, NBC Washington reports. Police found a shotgun, a rifle,... More »

News Crew Victimized at Anti-Robbery Event

Let it never be said criminals don't have a sense of humor

(Newser) - A Washington DC news crew was covering a press conference on a new anti-robbery task force Wednesday morning while only 100 or so feet away their news car was being robbed (well technically burgled), WJLA reports. The prowler smashed a window and made off with news equipment, all while potentially... More »

National Zoo's Baby Panda Is No Shrinking Violet

Bei Bei is performing well ahead of his public debut

(Newser) - If the youngest giant panda cub at the National Zoo is stressed out about appearing in front of crowds for the first time, he isn't showing it. Keepers were expecting Bei Bei to squawk and squirm during an audience with a small media contingent Monday. Instead, he quickly fell... More »

Elizabeth Warren Glaringly Absent at Clinton Fundraiser

Mass. pol only one of 14 female Democratic senators not at DC event for Hillary

(Newser) - Thirteen of 14 Democratic female senators showed up Monday night at the DC Hyatt Regency for what Politico calls a "high-profile fundraiser-cum-endorsement summit" for Hillary Clinton, but it was the absent No. 14 who caused the most buzz. Sen. Elizabeth Warren still hasn't thrown her weight behind any... More »

'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 »

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