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'A Sinking Feeling': Men Get Letters About Their 'Secrets'

The FBI says it's a new breed of scam

(Newser) - "I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else," the letter read. "More importantly, I have evidence of what you've been hiding." Jeff Strohl, resident of a wealthy Washington suburb, admits he wasn't too thrilled to read the July... More »

Counting Cats Just Became a Full-Time Job in DC

$1.5M project aims for better management of cat population

(Newser) - A $1.5 million project launched in Washington, DC, has one main goal: count all the cats. DC Cat Count , a collaboration by the Humane Society, Humane Rescue Alliance, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and PetSmart Charities, aims to create an accurate estimate of the entire cat population, including pet cats,... More »

Judge Sentences Meth Dealer, With an Unusual Request

Judge TS Ellis III asks prosecutors to find way to reduce mandatory 40-year term

(Newser) - A 37-year-old resident of Washington, DC, got busted last year for dealing meth in a major undercover sweep . And though it was Frederick Turner's first serious criminal offense, he received a mandatory 40-year sentence on Friday. As the Washington Post reports, the judge who imposed it isn't happy... More »

Jackie O's Childhood Home Now Belongs to Saudi Arabia

Government purchases estate in McLean, Va., for record $43M

(Newser) - Jackie Kennedy Onassis' childhood home is now in the hands of the Saudi government following what a real estate agent describes as the most expensive residential sale ever in the Washington, DC, area. The seven-acre Merrywood estate in the DC suburb of McLean, Va., nabbed by AOL co-founder Steve Case... More »

Mystery in DC: Skeletal Remains of 3 Females Found

One set in apartment crawl space, others outside

(Newser) - Workers renovating an apartment in southeast Washington, DC, last week made a disturbing discovery: They found a human skull in the crawl space. Then police investigators arrived and things got worse. They found the rest of a female's remains in the crawl space, plus the skeletal remains of two... More »

Trader Joe's Kale Came With Nasty Surprise

'Lizards are not the green I was looking for'

(Newser) - "Lizards are not the green I was looking for," says a Trader Joe's shopper in Washington, DC, who got quite the shock Tuesday when she found a dead lizard inside her bag of pre-washed kale. "It was a back and forth between denial and horror,"... More »

New England Patriots Fly Parkland Students to Rally

'There's definitely a lot of emotions,' parent says

(Newser) - The New England Patriots helped students and families from Parkland, Fla., arrive at the "March for Our Lives" rally in style, the Boston Globe reports. On Thursday, team owner Robert Kraft flew students injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the families of 17 victims to... More »

DC Councilman Pushes Theory That Jews Control the Weather

'I did not intend to be anti-Semitic," says Trayon White after criticism

(Newser) - A DC council member is apologizing after he pushed a conspiracy theory that a wealthy Jewish family controlled the weather. In a story first reported by the Washington Post , Trayon White posted a video to Facebook Friday with the following narration: "Man, it just started snowing out of nowhere... More »

Russian Embassy Taunts US Over 'Strange' Helicopter

Suggests it was part of 'desperate attempt to find traces of #RussianMeddling'

(Newser) - After celebrating House Republicans' verdict of no collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, officials at the Russian Embassy in Washington set about comparing investigations of "Russian meddling" to a search for UFOs. The embassy's Twitter account shared two overlapping photos Monday: one showing a helicopter in... More »

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Makes Headway in DC

Permit allows preliminary digging at abandoned lot

(Newser) - Elon Musk's dream of building a hyperloop that can move people between Washington, DC, and New York City in 29 minutes may be a small step closer to becoming a distant reality. A Nov. 29 permit issued by DC's Department of Transportation allows Musk's Boring Company to... More »

These States Will Feel the Pinch of the Shutdown Most

DC tops the list, followed by Maryland and Virginia

(Newser) - The government shutdown that went into effect at midnight on Friday is stretching into its third day , and a resolution still looks tenuous. WalletHub looks at the consequences of a longer-term shutdown through the lens of six key metrics—including share of federal jobs, percentage of kids using the Child'... More »

Trump Is the 'Homebody President'

White House lights are on, the president is almost always home

(Newser) - After nearly a year in Washington, President Trump has yet to enjoy a non-working meal at a restaurant that doesn't pay him rent. He hasn't seen a performance at the Kennedy Center performance, a sporting event, or most of the sights. It's one of the peculiarities of... More »

Wasserman Schultz Aide Arrested at Airport

On a bank fraud charge; he was trying to fly to Pakistan

(Newser) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has fired an IT staffer following his arrest on a bank fraud charge at a Virginia airport where he was attempting to fly to Pakistan. A rep for Wasserman Schultz says Irman Awan was fired by the Florida Democrat on Tuesday, reports the AP . Awan's... More »

'Suicidal Robot' Apparently Had Enough of DC Life

Nice knowing you, Steve

(Newser) - If you ever find yourself being chased by a mob of angry robots, find a set of stairs or, even better, a fountain. Less than a week after it was dispatched to an office building in Washington, DC, a Knightscope K5 security robot by the name of "Steve" tumbled... More »

Bald Eagle Injured During Storm Gets DC Treatment

You can't get any more American on the Fourth of July than this

(Newser) - Liberty (or is it Justice?) is injured. But don't fret: The bald eagle is expected to be back flying over Washington, DC, before long. The bird—believed to be one of a pair, named Liberty and Justice, who've long lived at the Metropolitan Police Academy, per the Washington ... More »

Lawmaker Ruffled by Duck Ramp Told to 'Duck Off'

Rep. Mark Walker's complaint about government waste wasn't well received

(Newser) - The president of a non-profit that helps animals in Washington, DC, calls it a lifesaving measure. Rep. Mark Walker calls it a waste of government funds. Such is the debate raging over a simple duck ramp installed by government officials at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, which is drawing quite a... More »

'Crude Act of Bigotry' on Campus After Black Student President Elected

Police searching for suspect in surveillance video

(Newser) - Taylor Dumpson began her first day as the first black female president of American University's Student Government Association on Monday. That same day, bananas hanging from nooses were found at three spots on campus in what the DC school's president calls a "crude and racially insensitive act... More »

Supreme Court Revisits Notorious 1984 Murder

Justices weigh convictions in DC killing of Catherine Fuller

(Newser) - Catherine Fuller, 49, was found dead in a garage near Eighth and H streets in Washington, DC, having been beaten and sodomized with a metal pipe. Eight members of the "Eighth and H Street Crew" were eventually convicted of the Oct. 1, 1984, killing. But lawyers say they might... More »

Woman Arrested Near Capitol After Hitting Police Car

Police say the scare had no connection to terrorism

(Newser) - A woman described as "erratic and aggressive" drove a vehicle into a US Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said. Shots were fired during her arrest, but the incident appeared to be criminal in nature with "no nexus to... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

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