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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Shoppers Search For Last-Minutes Gifts For Loved Ones

Last-minutes shoppers spend the remaining hours before Christmas searching for the perfect gift for family and friends.

Ten Sites Added To Virginia's Landmarks Registry

Virginia is adding ten sites to its landmarks registry, including the NASA-Langley Research Center and a home in Fauquier County.

Gingrich And Perry Fail To Qualify For Virginia Primary

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Gov. Rick Perry have failed to gather the 10,000 signatures required to qualify for Virginia's March 6 Republican primary.

Holidays Boost Agriculture Industry

Sales from Christmas trees and locally grown products are helping to stimulate Virginia's agriculture industry.

Emergency Lots Available For Truckers In Maryland

Truckers who travel through Maryland will have a few more options this winter if they need a safe spot to ride out severe storms.

Frederick Water Quality Improved After Spill

City officials in Frederick say the water quality has improved following a raw sewage spill in early December.

TSA's Offers Advice On Bringing Gifts On Board

The Transportation Security Administration is offering a few holiday travel tips, and a sneak peek into its sense of humor -- on its blog.

SUV And Dog Stolen, Reward Offered For Dog's Return

Owners of a missing miniature schnauzer are offering a $1,000 reward for the dog's safe return.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

U.S. Treasury Earns LEED Certification

The federal building in charge of green is going green. The U.S. Treasury Building has been awarded LEED certification.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Troops Arrive Home For Family, Friends... And Food

As U.S. troops begin arriving home for the holidays, hugging their family and friends isn't the only thing they're looking forward to doing.

A Busy Holiday Travel Season For D.C. Area Residents

Nearly 2 million Washington-area residents are heading out of town over the holidays, and 90 percent of them will be driving. Triple-A says there may be one way to avoid the congestion.

Non-profit Offers Tips On Holiday Donations

In this season of giving, one local nonprofit is offering advice on how to make the most of your donations.

Study: Sometimes Less Is More In Gift-Giving


A study from Virginia Tech yielded some interesting information those who are gift-giving a-plenty in the next few days. Sometimes less is more, researchers say.

Congress Approves Payroll Tax Cut

Congress approves a two-month renewal of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits for millions of workers.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hispanics Overrepresented In Local Pedestrian Deaths

A report by Triple-A MidAtlantic shows that Hispanics are disproportionately represented amongst Montgomery County residents killed in pedestrian deaths on area roads.