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Corruption scandal makes Washington Democratic primary a dead heat

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A campaign finance scandal in the District of Columbia has made next week's Washington Democratic mayoral primary a dead heat, dissolving embattled incumbent Vincent Gray's lead, a poll showed on Wednesday Gray, who federal prosecutors have linked to corruption charges, trails city council member Muriel Bowser, with polls showing the challenger having the support of 30 percent of likely Democratic primary voters and the incumbent just 27 percent, the Washington Post survey showed.

Takeover seen for landmark Washington museum

The oldest and largest private museum in Washington, the financially troubled Corcoran Gallery of Art, will be taken over by the government-backed National Gallery of Art under a proposal announced Wednesday. In a joint statement, the two cultural institutions said they were in talks that envision the National Gallery of Art assuming initial responsibility for the Corcoran's priceless collection of some 17,000 works of art.

View to a shutdown: Washington without the government

By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmakers who shut down the U.S. government on Tuesday have the best view of the result from their perch in the U.S. Capitol: a two-mile stretch of museums, monuments and federal buildings along the National Mall that were closed for business. With up to a million federal workers across the United States forced to stay home without pay, the impact of the shutdown was most concentrated in Washington, D.C., where the federal government is the No. 1 job provider.

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.

Shooting spree on DC naval base leaves 13 dead

A former US naval reservist opened fire at a base in the heart of Washington on Monday, killing 12 people and exchanging fire with police before losing his own life. Police identified the alleged shooter as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis, of Forth Worth, Texas, who served full-time in the Navy from 2007 to 2011 before becoming a defense contractor.

At least 12 deaths in US naval base shooting

A shooting rampage at a Washington naval base claimed at least 12 lives including that of an unidentified gunman, city police chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Monday. Lanier said two more potential suspects were still at large after the shooting at the Washington Naval Yard and that the motive of the shooter or shooters was not yet known. "We are confirming 12 fatalities. We had a few additional victims who were injured. They were not fatally injured," she said, briefing reporters on a street by the base.

'Multiple' deaths in shooting at US Navy base in Washington

At least one unidentified gunman opened fire at the US Navy Yard in Washington on Monday and was at large after killing "multiple" victims and wounding several more, officials said. Police and FBI agents descended on the area in force as helicopters swarmed overhead, amid reports a shooter was armed with an assault rifle and was holed up at the complex. "We believe there were multiple deaths," a US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The precise death toll remained unclear, the official said.

At least 12 dead in shooting at US naval post in Washington

A shooting rampage Monday at a US naval base in the heart of Washington claimed at least 12 lives, including the unidentified gunman, while another possible suspect was still at large, police said. The shooting sparked a massive show of force as police and federal agents surrounded the Navy Yard, cordoning off streets only blocks from the US Capitol, home of Congress. US officials gave no indication of any link to terrorism while police said the motive for the attack on the naval installation was unknown.

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.

Gunman killed in DC shooting, two perhaps at large

One gunman has been killed and two others may still be at large after a shooting spree at the US Navy Yard in Washington that left several dead, police said. At least one police officer was among the wounded as police and federal agents descended on the area in a massive show of force, with streets blocked off only blocks from the Capitol buildings that house the US Congress. "We have one shooter that we believe involved in this that is deceased," Washington police chief Cathy Lanier told a press conference.
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