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‘Hoax’ package investigated near base

A suspicious package that closed Branch Avenue near Andrews Air Force Base for three hours Tuesday morning was harmless but intentionally built as a hoax, Prince George’s fire officials said.

Fire Department spokesman Mark Brady said the appearance of the device “warranted the dispatch of the bomb squad.”

The package was discovered by a road crew around 9 a.m. in the median strip directly over Coventry Way. Police shut down Branch Avenue from Allentown Road to Woodyard Road.

Meredith Somers


Scalia involved in fender bender

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was involved in a minor vehicle accident on the George Washington Parkway on Tuesday morning, according to a court spokeswoman.

Justice Scalia, 75, was en route to work when he was involved in the fender bender, Kathy Arberg said. No one was injured, and Justice Scalia made it to work on time, she said.

Meredith Somers

Holdup reported on National Mall

A Northern Virginia man was attacked on the National Mall by men with a gun on Monday.

The victim, who wasn’t immediately identified, was pushed to the ground by two gunmen. They attempted to rob him around 5:15 p.m. while he was walking through the small park between the Hirschhorn Museum and the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, just blocks from the Smithsonian Castle building, U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said.

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