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D.C. Officials Handing Out Sandbags In Advance Of Hurricane Irene

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Hurricane Irene is forecasted to move over the Washington, D.C. metro region late Saturday night and into early Sunday morning. Officials in the District handed sandbags to residents at RFK Stadium in anticipation of the storm's arrival.

The line of cars waiting to get in was very long, stretching all the way across the Capitol Street Bridge. There were reports earlier today that sandbags were running out, but reinforcements are expected to arrive later.

Heavy rain has started, and a flash flood warning is already in effect.

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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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