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WASHINGTON (AP) National Zoo and Chinese conservation officials have signed a deal extending the stay of Washington's two beloved pandas. The $2.75 million deal was signed today by the Smithsonian National Zoo and China Wildlife Conservation Association

WASHINGTON (AP) Billionaire investor Warren Buffett is leaving the board of the Washington Post Company Buffett, whose company Berkshire Hathaway Incorporated owns 1.7 million Washington Post shares, first joined the Post's board in 1974, and except for one eight-year break he has remained on the board since then.

WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Obama is marking the second anniversary of her husband's inauguration by surprising visitors to the White House. The first lady, along with dog Bo, is greeting visitors who are taking public tours of the White House today.

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After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren't as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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