Tag: National News

Hurricane Michael death toll climbs to 18 with new victim reported in Virginia

By Ray Sanchez and Nicole Chavez, CNN (CNN) — Hurricane Michael’s death toll climbed to 18 Saturday, after another victim was discovered in Virginia. Fears were mounting for those who did not heed evacuation orders before Hurricane Michael bulldozed large swaths of Florida’s Panhandle, and residents in the hardest-hit areas grew increasingly desperate for provisions. […]

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Photos of the week: Oct. 6-13

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users […]

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Washington Post worried about Saudi writer missing in Turkey

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi journalist critical of the kingdom’s new assertive crown prince in columns for The Washington Post has gone missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the newspaper said Wednesday, raising concerns over his safety. Jamal Khashoggi’s personal website bore a banner saying “Jamal has been arrested at […]

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16 years after start of DC sniper spree, future of Lee Boyd Malvo remains unclear

WASHINGTON — The Beltway snipers shooting began 16 years ago in Montgomery County, Maryland, and didn’t stop until three weeks later, when John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested. Early evening, on Oct. 2, 2002, James Martin was shot and killed in the parking lot of a Shoppers Food Warehouse, in Wheaton. Malvo […]

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Senate committee votes to advance Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to full Senate

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the full Senate. Here’s the latest. 2:25 p.m. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says it’s going to fall to him to lay out to President Donald Trump why Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation vote has been delayed. He […]

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The Latest: Grassley says no reason to further delay hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley says there’s “no reason for any further delay” in a hearing about a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Lawyers for accuser Christine Blasey Ford say she […]

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DC puts maternal health in spotlight with mayor’s inaugural summit

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 12, the third floor of D.C.’s Washington Convention Center was packed with policy leaders, health care experts … and quite a few babies — all for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first Maternal and Infant Health Summit. The open-to-the-public event convened mayors, physicians and nonprofit executives to examine trends in pregnancy-related health outcomes, […]

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl plans to discuss resignation with Pope Francis

WASHINGTON — Cardinal Donald Wuerl wrote in a letter to priests Tuesday that he will talk to Pope Francis “in the near future” to discuss his possible resignation. Wuerl’s decision to travel to Rome comes after St. Matthew’s Cathedral and many local Catholics called for his resignation over the handling of sex abuse allegations by Catholic […]

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Growing stronger, Florence churns toward the East Coast

WASHINGTON — Though Florence remained a tropical storm as of 5 a.m., forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) say it’s expected to gain strength and become a hurricane again on Sunday. Florence’s forecast path as of 5 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. (Courtesy National Hurricane Center) Sitting in the open Atlantic over unusually warm […]

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Obama implores Californians to vote and ‘restore some sanity in our politics

By Dan Merica, CNN (CNN) — Former President Barack Obama, a day after delivering a stinging critique of President Donald Trump’s time in office, had a stark warning for fired-up Democrats in California: This is not rock bottom. Obama urged the Democrats at his first rally of 2018 to get out and vote in November, […]

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Photos of the week: Sept. 1-8

Here are some photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. © 2018 WTOP. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for […]

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Capitol Police arrest 73 on day 2 of Kavanaugh hearings

By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN (CNN) — US Capitol Police said they had arrested 73 people in the Senate office buildings by the end of the second day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. Sixty-six people were removed from the room where the hearing was held and were charged with disorderly conduct, police said […]

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Photos of the week: Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve any. Cindy McCain, wife of, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. lays her head on casket during a memorial service at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool) The Associated Press contributed to this […]

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McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return to civility among the nation’s leaders. The nearly three-hour service at the Washington National Cathedral was a remarkable show of defiance against […]

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Trump visits golf course while Washington mourns McCain

STERLING, Va. (AP) — For President Donald Trump, it was just like any other Saturday. As political dignitaries gathered in Washington to memorialize Sen. John McCain, the president tweeted familiar grievances and headed to the golf course. McCain’s family had made clear the president was not welcome at the funeral for the six-term senator and […]

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‘Made me better’: Family, friends honor McCain at Washington National Cathedral service

WASHINGTON — Events honoring the late Sen. John McCain began with a procession Saturday morning starting at the U.S. Capitol and ending at the Washington National Cathedral, with a stop at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Around 8:40 a.m., McCain’s body was carried down the steps of the Capitol to a motorcade, which took him to […]

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McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures

Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures. In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride. Hundreds of miles away in Washington, D.C., honor guards stood ramrod straight through silent pomp […]

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The Latest: Thousands line up to pay tribute to McCain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on memorial services for the late Sen. John McCain (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Thousands of people lined up for blocks outside the U.S. Capitol to say goodbye to Senator John McCain as officials, relatives and friends paid tribute to the Vietnam hero and longtime senator lying in state under […]

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McCain’s 106-year-old mom to attend his Washington services

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain’s rebellious streak didn’t come out of nowhere. His mother, Roberta, had a habit of speeding behind the wheel and racking up tickets. When told during a trip to Europe that she was too old to rent a car, she went out and bought a Peugeot. Her son once answered the […]

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Settlement reached in lawsuit over DC rabbi’s hidden cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women who were secretly videotaped by a once-prominent Orthodox rabbi as they used a Jewish ritual bath would get at least $25,000 each under a proposed $14.25 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit. The settlement involves four religious institutions affiliated with Rabbi Bernard Freundel. It was filed Monday in Washington and needs […]

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McCain’s final statement: Americans have ‘more in common’

PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. John McCain expressed his deep gratitude and love of country in his final letter and implored Americans to put aside “tribal rivlaries” and focus on what unites. Rick Davis, former presidential campaign manager for McCain who is serving as a family spokesman, read the farewell message Monday at a press briefing […]

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