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Jay Inslee Drops Out of 2020 Presidential Race Jay Inslee is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, he announced Wednesday night on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show." Inslee had centered his campaign around climate change, calling it "the most urgent challenge of our time." "This is our moment to put the greatest threat to our existence, to our economy, to our health, at the very top of...

Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting Minor: Police A juvenile detention officer in Fairfax County, Virginia, was charged with raping and having sexual contact with a minor, authorities say. Clifton Townsend Jr., 60, was arrested Monday on four felony sex offenses, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

Attempted Robbery Victim Opens Fire on Suspects in NE DC Chaos erupted in Northeast D.C. Tuesday afternoon when an attempted robbery victim turned the tables on two suspects. The suspects had guns when they approached the victim, whose rapper name is QC Grind, at 5th and H streets about 1:40 p.m. - but so did the victim.

Lasers Used to Fight Black Biofilm on Jefferson Memorial Dome Specialists are using lasers to clean up the black biofilm on the Jefferson Memorial dome. The biofilm was first noticed in 2006. "Biofilm is a microbial community of algae, fungi and bacterial growth," National Park Service historical architect Audrey Tepper said.

University of Maryland's New Discovery Center Will Prepare Students for Tomorrow's Jobs Amazon will need to hire tens of thousands of new employees for its second headquarters in Northern Virginia, and the University of Maryland is rising to the challenge. News4's Cory Smith reports.

Indictment: US researcher working for Chinese college - A federal indictment alleges an associate professor at the University of Kansas was secretly working full time for a Chinese university while doing research in Kansas on projects funded by the U.S. government. Feng "Franklin" Tao was charged Wednesday with one count of wire fraud and three counts of program fraud.

Weedmaps to stop advertising unlicensed pot businesses LOS ANGELES - The major online pot shop directory and cannabis marketplace Weedmaps announced Wednesday that it will no longer allow black-market businesses to advertise on its site, a decision that could boost California's efforts to rein in its vast illegal market.

2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties - Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women.

Court: Electoral College members not bound by popular vote Appeals court in Denver said Electoral College members can vote for the presidential candidate of their choice and aren't bound by the popular vote in their states. The 10th U.S.

Epstein may have gamed the system from beyond the grave - The will that Jeffrey Epstein signed just two days before his jailhouse suicide puts more than $577 million in assets into a trust fund that could make it more difficult for his dozens of accusers to collect damages.

Virginia Team Is 1 Win Away From Little League Finals Loudoun South, the first Virginia team to make the Little League World Series in 25 years, is hungry and humble for tonight's game against Hawaii. Travis Thomas reports.

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change.

Shooter at large after LA deputy shot at sheriff's station - A deputy was wounded when someone opened fire Wednesday outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station and authorities searched a nearby building for the shooter, officials said. The deputy was standing with colleagues near a helipad in the parking lot of the Lancaster station when he was struck once in the shoulder, said Deputy Lilian Peck.

Bulletproof Backpacks Wouldn't Have Saved Anyone in Recent Shootings Sales of bulletproof backpacks have spiked almost 300 percent following a spate of school shootings and the recent attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Yet, none of the backpacks currently on the market would have stopped a single rifle round coming from those gunmen, NBC News reported.

Migrant Children Face More Serious Health Risks With Longer Detentions, Groups Warn Families, especially children, will likely face more health risks if a new Trump administration plan to hold migrants in detention facilities for longer periods of time goes into effect in 60 days, when flu season will be in full swing, health experts and immigrant rights advocates warn, as reported by NBC News.

Congressman: Space Command's initial home will be Colorado - A Colorado congressman says the initial headquarters for the Pentagon's new Space Command will be in his home state. Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn said Wednesday the command will officially start operations at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs next month.

Latest: Mayor: LA deputy expected to be OK after shooting - The Latest on the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy :. The mayor of Lancaster, California, says a deputy shot and wounded outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station is going to be OK.

Authorities investigate Dallas postal customer's racist rant DALLAS - Dallas police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors are investigating a customer's racist rant against an employee at a post office. In a widely viewed video posted Wednesday on Twitter, a white man standing at a north Dallas postal counter yells for the worker to give him a form.

UN warns of severe aid cuts in Yemen without new funds soon UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen is warning that unless significant new funding is received in the coming weeks food rations for 12 million people in the war-torn country will be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children will be cut off from life-saving services.

Pilot says he had to bring down plane while cameras rolled Joshua Murphy said the quick reporting of the incident by Leipelt "greatly aided the Coast Guard's prompt response and ability to save two lives." Luck also helped, Leipelt said. "The seas were very calm, it was daytime," he said. Lesh said he plans to leave Friday on a cross-country flight to deliver his other plane to a buyer on the East Coast.

ABC Announces Rules for Next Democratic Debates, Gives Candidates More Time to Talk The third Democratic presidential debate will give candidates more time to answer questions, event host ABC announced Wednesday. The debate, which will be held at Houston's Texas Southern University on Sept. 12, will give candidates one minute and 15 seconds for direct responses to questions and 45 seconds for rebuttals, the network said.

Judge Schedules Hearing for Jeffrey Epstein Victims to Speak A federal judge has ruled that the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein will stay open until his victims have an opportunity to make statements in open court at a hearing next Tuesday, NBC News reports.

California to build world's largest overpass to help wildlife cross freeway Los Angeles officials have greenlit plans for a special overpass meant to allow the diverse wildlife that lives around the city to move over a high-traffic freeway without being endangered by cars. CBS News reported that the largely privately-funded project will be built along U.S.

Seeing Red: Drivers Violate Rules of New DC Bus Lanes Some drivers are still confused about what the red lanes in downtown D.C. mean. Others just aren't following the rules. Safety advocates discovered hundreds of violations in just one day. News4's Derrick Ward reports.

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