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In First Interview, Pizza Gunman Admits His Info 'Wasn't 100%'

But he won't say PizzaGate rumors are false

(Newser) - "I just wanted to do some good," says the man who allegedly fired an assault rifle inside a pizzeria in Washington, DC, on Sunday, though he admits he "went about it the wrong way." Speaking to the New York Times , Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, explains he... More »

DC Cops Drop Littering Ticket —for Toddler

But it wasn't easy for 2-year-old Harper Westover

(Newser) - City officials in Washington are tearing up a littering citation issued to a toddler, reports the AP . Harper Westover, age 2, received a "Notice of Violation" Thursday from the Department of Public Works, reports the Washington Post , with a $75 fine. Her mom, attorney Theresa Westover, also received a... More »

In Deadly Mistake, Ankle Monitor Put on Man's Fake Leg

'That man was supposed to be in his house'

(Newser) - After Quincy Green was arrested on a gun charge in April, he was supposed to be on house arrest while waiting for his trial. But a tech at the company that supplies and fits ankle bracelets on pre-trial detainees in Washington, DC, put the bracelet on over Green's sock—... More »

DC Metro Might Shut Down for a Very Long Time

Commuters are calling possible closures 'insane'

(Newser) - If commuters who ride DC's faltering Metrorail were peeved at the system's 29-hour shutdown in mid-March, they're not going to like the news out of the Metro transit system Wednesday. Per Fox5 , a review is underway to determine how badly repairs are needed on the troubled railway,... More »

First Baby Bald Eagle Hatches From Egg on DC Livecam

2nd eaglet is expected soon

(Newser) - A tiny bald eagle has fully emerged from its shell in a nest high above Washington, the AP reports. The first signs of hatching were spotted in the nest at the US National Arboretum earlier this week. The District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment announced in a statement... More »

DC Abruptly Shuts Down Metrorail for 29 Hours

Move will paralyze region's transport Wednesday

(Newser) - The Metrorail system in Washington, DC, has shut down for emergency inspections following an electrical fire Monday that sent smoke into a tunnel. The system shut down at midnight on Tuesday, just hours after the 29-hour closure was announced, paralyzing the area's transit system and snarling the travel plans... More »

Rubio Wins DC Caucuses

With Kasich in second place

(Newser) - Marco Rubio has won Saturday's Republican presidential caucuses in Washington, DC, the AP reports. Per the Guardian , Rubio got 37% of the vote and John Kasich came in second with 35%. (Earlier, DC was described as the " race no one wants to win .") Elsewhere, Ted Cruz... 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 »

DC Gets Inch of Snow, Chaos Reigns

Area could see up to 2 feet of snow over the weekend

(Newser) - A predicted blizzard isn't expected to hit Washington, DC, until Friday, but area roads are already a mess. About an inch of snow fell in the region on Wednesday evening, resulting in traffic delays and at least 163 accidents, reports WUSA . A trooper who was responding to a crash... 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 »

DC Murder Suspect IDed Thanks to Pizza Crust

Daron Wint named as suspect in quadruple murder

(Newser) - A Domino's pizza was delivered to a Washington, DC, home the evening before four people were found dead inside—and its crust could be the suspect's downfall. Police have identified 34-year-old Maryland resident Daron Dylon Wint as a suspect, and law enforcement sources tell the Washington Post that... More »

Washington Monument Is Officially Shorter

10-inch change is a matter of measuring standards

(Newser) - The Washington Monument is now almost 10 inches shorter, though that's not because it's actually shrunk, the AP reports. The change in height, to be announced today, is due to a shift in how the monument is measured: "It is just where you start from," says... More »

Ex-Teacher Befriends Student Who Got Him Fired

Josh Kaplowitz was accused of pushing a 7-year-old student

(Newser) - Josh Kaplowitz was an idealistic young teacher at a poor, inner-city school in Washington, DC, when it happened: He was accused of pushing a 7-year-old student so hard that the boy hit his head. The boy's mother sued for $20 million, Kaplowitz lost his job, and he changed careers... More »

5 Stabbed in DC Restaurant

Suspect is man in trench coat

(Newser) - A man in a trench coat is suspected in the stabbing of five people in a popular Washington, DC restaurant and club. The victims were attacked in the early hours of this morning at McFadden's, on Pennsylvania Avenue, eight blocks from the White House, the Raw Story reports. Two... More »

Thousands Across US Protest Police Killings

25K reported at rally in Washington

(Newser) - Thousands of protesters marched across the country today—past the White House in the nation's capital, along iconic Fifth Avenue in New York, and in the middle of Nashville's honky-tonk district—to call attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police and urge... More »

Congress May Block DC's Marijuana Law

Rider in spending bill would cut off funds for enforcement

(Newser) - Voters in DC have made clear that they want marijuana to be legal in the district, but some members of Congress hope to overrule them. An amendment now on the table amid budget negotiations would block legalization in DC by prohibiting federal and local funds from enforcing it, reports Roll ... More »

US Reporters Covering Will, Kate Must Dress Up

Buckingham Palace issues guidelines

(Newser) - Buckingham Palace has a strong suggestion for reporters who will be covering Prince William and wife Kate's visit to America next month: Don't dress like slobs. Or in the more formal language of the palace: "Smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie,... More »

Washington, DC Will See Daily Floods by 2045

Other east coast cities could flood hundreds of times per year: study

(Newser) - Flooding due to high tides will become very routine on the East Coast by 2045, a study finds: In fact, Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD, will likely face "nuisance" floods more than once per day, researchers suggest. Cities like Miami and Atlantic City will see such floods about 240... More »

DC Patient Does Not Have Ebola

Nobody else showing symptoms in Dallas

(Newser) - Two pieces of good news for those worried about the spread of Ebola in the US: A patient in isolation at a DC hospital does not have the disease as feared, and nobody else is showing symptoms in Dallas . The DC patient turned up at Howard University Hospital this week... More »

DC Hospital Isolates Patient With Ebola Symptoms

Person had traveled recently to Nigeria

(Newser) - A hospital in DC says a person who recently traveled to Nigeria came to the hospital overnight with Ebola-like symptoms, reports NBC Washington . No diagnosis has been made, but authorities at Howard University Hospital have isolated the person out of "an abundance of caution" until tests either confirm or... More »

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