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Deadline Approaches For Low Interest Disaster Loans From Tropical Storm Lee

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The Small Business Administration is offering low-interest  loans to homeowners, renters and businesses to cover damage related to the September storm.

Much of Northern Virginia, all of the District of Columia, and, in Maryland -- Montgomery, Prince George's and Charles counties -- qualify for the SBA disaster assistance. But the deadline to apply for aid due to physical damage is coming up January 16.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed or sustained major damage due to the violent weather.

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to replace or repair damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to 40- thousand dollars toward personal property. Businesses and nonprofits may borrow up to $2 million.

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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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