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WASHINGTON (AP) Visits to the museums of the Smithsonian Institution climbed more than 19 percent last year. Officials say the visitor counts rebounded to more than 30 million visits last year -- that's the first time that's happened since the September 11th terrorist attacks.

WASHINGTON (AP) The fur is flying over a new ad campaign by an animal rights group the White House says is using first lady Michelle Obama's image without her permission. The president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says her organization wouldn't have sought Mrs. Obama's consent for the anti-fur ad because it knows that she can't make such an endorsement.

WASHINGTON (AP) A D.C. Superior Court judge has ordered a police officer facing felony murder charges to remain in custody until his trial. Forty-year-old Reginald Jones of Upper Marlboro is accused of serving as lookout during an attempted robbery in southeast D.C. last month during which one of the suspects was shot and killed.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
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D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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