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BWI airport is experiencing a boom in international travel

LINTHICUM, Md. - Although most of the international air travel in the Washington region flows through Washington Dulles International Airport, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is gaining in the market. International air travel at BWI grew nearly 20 per cent last year, and the number of international passengers using the airport has nearly doubled over the past five years.

Virginia university bomb threat probe wraps up, classes resume

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police have finished investigating a written bomb threat at Virginia's George Mason University and classes will resume as scheduled, the school said on Thursday. The threat was found overnight at the Art and Design Building at the university's Fairfax campus, about 15 miles west of Washington, the school said in a statement on its website. Police concluded their investigation and the building was deemed safe, it said. The Art and Design Building is open and classes will resume there as scheduled.

FAA: Metal piece that pierced northern Va. home came from woodchipper, not aircraft

HERNDON, Va. - An investigation has concluded that a piece of metal that crashed through a northern Virginia home from the sky came from a woodchipper, not an airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration investigated what happened Friday morning in Herndon. A homeowner found the hand-sized piece of metal on her dining room floor, where it landed after crashing through an awning and her ceiling. No one was injured, but because the home was along the flight path for Dulles International Airport, there was concern that it had fallen off an airplane.

Mayor warns DC is collateral damage of US shutdown

The mayor of Washington warned Wednesday that residents could face a health crisis if Congress fails to release the capital's funds in the midst of the government shutdown fight. Washington raises most of its own revenue but, as a federally administered district, it relies on Congress to green-light spending. Nine days into the federal shutdown, lawmakers are split on what to do, leaving the District of Columbia facing depleted reserves that might soon force the city to go without services like trash collection.

War veterans storm barricades amid US govt shutdown

Compared to defeating Nazi Germany and the Japanese empire, storming the National World War II Memorial was a piece of cake for a hardy column of octogenarian US military veterans. With help from a Congressional delegation, the 200-strong Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight slipped through a barricade Tuesday to savor the grandeur of the nation's premier memorial to the 1939-45 conflict. "We didn't come this far not to get in," sniffed one of the elderly veterans, quoted by the Stars and Stripes military newspaper, who defied US Park Police orders not to enter the grounds.

Washington's popular Spy Museum seeks move to historic library

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The International Spy Museum, one of the U.S. capital's most popular tourist attractions, is seeking to move to a historic library in a fast-growing part of the city, its owner said on Monday. The Malrite Co of Cleveland, the private museum's owner, and Events DC, Washington's convention authority, plan to redevelop the Carnegie Library on Mount Vernon Square, including a 40,000-square-foot (3,700-square-meter) underground exhibition space, they said in a statement.

Navy Yard shooting victims included a bird lover, a divorcé, parents

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Edith Honan (Reuters) - A dozen people were killed in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard. The three women and nine men ranged in age from 46 to 73 and included retirees, parents, a bird lover and a divorcé. Here are some details of their lives. KATHY GAARDE, 62 The mother of two loved animals and nature, and she liked to help count bluebirds for a local wildlife refuge in her spare time, her family said.

Naval Yard shooting victims included a bird lover, a divorcee, parents

By Ellen Wulfhorst and Edith Honan (Reuters) - A dozen people were killed in Monday's shooting rampage at the Washington Naval Yard. The three women and nine men ranged in age from 46 to 73 and included retirees, parents, a bird lover and a divorcee. Here are some details of their lives. KATHY GAARDE, 62 The mother of two loved animals and nature, and she liked to help count bluebirds for a local wildlife refuge in her spare time, her family said.

Several dead in shooting at U.S. Navy facility in Washington

Washington, Sep 16 (EFE).- One of the perpetrators of a deadly shooting spree Monday at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters in Washington has been killed, while two possible suspects fled, the head of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police said. Authorities are searching for a handgun-wielding white male in a tan military-style uniform and a black male clad in an olive uniform who was carrying "a long gun," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. She declined to provide a death toll from the incident at the Washington Navy Yard.

Newseum draws visitors but loses money; Officials reorganize education programs

WASHINGTON - In five years since moving to its new home overlooking the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum has become a major attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment. Yet it's been struggling mightily to cover its costs.
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