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Thai security forces spend millions on fake ‘bomb detectors’

- The Washington Times

BANGKOK | Thailand's security forces bought more than 1,500 fake "bomb detectors" for $30 million, investigators say, and the army deploys them against Islamist rebels despite a U.S. Embassy warning that the devices are as useless as "a toy."

** FILE ** Rep. Jim Jordan. (Associated Press)

Officials for solar firm tell House China subsidies were key to collapse

- The Washington Times

Former top officials of federally backed Abound Solar told a House subcommittee July 18 that subsidies from China caused the company's collapse, while Republicans pressed a former government loan official about whether he used his personal email account to skirt records laws while discussing clean energy projects.

Obama hails ruling as win for 'middle class'

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court handed President Obama a major political victory on his signature health care issue Thursday, but the justices also provided Republicans with a sharper campaign issue by defining the law's individual mandate as a tax.

New in D.C.: MetroTowns at Parkside

- The Washington Times

Enterprise Homes and the family of Abe Pollin are building 83 town homes at MetroTowns at Parkside: The Linda Joy and Kenneth Jay Pollin Community in Northeast Washington. The development is a public-private partnership with the District of Columbia government and is under construction by Bozzuto Construction Co.

The contemporary-style home at 2130 Cathedral Ave. NW in the District's Woodley Park neighborhood is on the market for $1,795,000. The glass-filled home has three bedrooms and three full baths over three levels.

Resale of the week: Woodley Park contemporary

- The Washington Times

Contemporary-style homes are few and far between in the District, so when one comes on the market, it can generate plenty of excitement.

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New in Virginia: Huntleigh at Creighton Farms

- The Washington Times

Stanley Martin Homes is building single-family homes on sites of 3 acres or larger at Huntleigh at Creighton Farms in Aldie. Buyers can become members of the Club at Creighton Farms, which includes a golf course, a 30,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center and planned amenities including swimming pools, tennis courts and a sports and wellness center.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a Senate committee Wednesday that leaks threaten law enforcement operations, put sources' lives at risk and make it harder to recruit them, and damage ties with foreign law-enforcement partners. (Associated Press)

FBI probes bomb plot leaks

The Washington Times

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a Senate committee Wednesday the bureau is investigating the source of leaks about a plot by al Qaeda terrorists to place a sophisticated explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound airliner.

Mason, Briella surge on popular baby names list

- The Washington Times

Monday afternoon found Cal Powell and his wife, Miriam, huddled in a hospital delivery suite in Macon, Ga., focused on breathing exercises as their second son was making his way into the world.

Back to the future … with BMW

Today the BMW racing cars which made history in the 1940 Mille Miglia continue to enthral and delight wherever they go. For many years, however, the fleet of silver BMW racers has been one car short. The BMW 328 Kamm Coupe, named after the German aerodynamics pioneer Wunibald Kamm, disappeared without trace back in 1953. But now - 70years after BMW's famous Mille Miglia victory - BMW Classic has recreated this legendary racing car, once again illuminating an important milestone in both motor sport history and the development of vehicle aerodynamics. "We are very proud to be able to bring this car back into the public spotlight," said Karl Baumer, Director of BMW Group Classic. "We've come up against some major technical challenges, had many discussions and racked up countless hours of research, but when you see the car for the first time you can sense the passion and expertise invested in the project by everyone involved - all those years ago and today."

A Volvo car ride can ease allergies?

As wonderful as the spring is for many people, it is also sheer torture for others. A person suffering from asthma or allergy has few sanctuaries during the pollen season. However, a ride in a Volvo car may make life easier.

Sorento SX unveiled … and is dynamic

ATLANTA, GA | Following the official grand opening ceremony of Kia's first U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, Kia Motors America (KMA) has debuted the new 2011 Sorento SX crossover. The all-new Sorento has exceeded expectations since going on sale in early January, and now the new SX brings the CUV to new levels of comfort, convenience, technology and design and will arrive in dealerships later this summer. The first vehicle to roll off the line at Kia Motors' recently opened, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia, the 2011 Sorento is a true symbol of Kia Motors' $1 billion commitment to both the state of Georgia, the United States and North America.

Mazda receives Industrial Award for i-stop idling

HIROSHIMA, Japan | Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that the New Technology Development Foundation of Tokyo has awarded it the Contribution Prize of the 42nd annual lchimura Industrial Awards for its development of the combustion technology used in i-stop, Mazda's unique engine idling stop system.

Scion unveils 2011 iQ and tC

NEW YORK | A New Dimension of Scion was unveiled at the New York Auto Show with two new production vehicles - the all-new 2011 iQ premium micro-subcompact and the second-generation 2011 tC sports coupe. The tC is scheduled to arrive in dealerships later this fall, while the iQ will go on sale in early 2011.

Oklahoma to become fourth retail market for Honda's natural-gas-powered Civic GX

TORRANCE, Calif. | American Honda Motor Co. Inc., today announced that dealers in Oklahoma will have the option of selling the Honda Civic GX, powered by compressed natural gas (CNG), to customers on a retail basis. There are 13 Honda dealers in Oklahoma, three of which already are selling the Civic GX as a fleet vehicle.

GE, Nissan join to make plug-in fueling a reality

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. | In the race to build a smart-charging infrastructure that fuels the coming plug-in car revolution, GE and Nissan have teamed up to research developments that will make smart charging a reality.