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In this June 16, 2014, file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo, File)

Virginia woman charged with lying about terror aid jailed

- Associated Press

A Virginia woman charged with lying to federal investigators about supporting the Islamic State militant group softly answered yes-or-no questions from the judge Wednesday in agreeing to remain in jail until her trial.

The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama on Thursday is expected to announce steps he will take to shield up to 5 million immigrants illegally in the United States from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Iowa man arrested near White House with gun in car

- Associated Press

The Secret Service arrested an Iowa man Wednesday afternoon after finding a hunting rifle, dozens of rounds of ammunition and a knife in the trunk of his car parked near the White House.

Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure. (Associated Press)

D.C. marijuana legalization could put U.S. in violation of anti-drug treaties

- The Washington Times

Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure.

Mayor Vincent Gray, (D) offered remarks during the D.C. Fire & Emergency Medical Services Recruit Class 367 graduation at Gallaudet University in Northeast on April 17. Khalid Naji-Allah /Special to The Washington Times

Source: D.C.’s Mayor Gray rejected plea deal

- Associated Press

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray rejected a deal offered by federal prosecutors for him to plead guilty to a single felony count related to activities during his 2010 campaign, a person familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

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Masked men burn a barricade near Mexico's National University UNAM in Mexico City, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014. Violence erupted yesterday when students chased a Mexico City police officer out of the university campus, who they claim was taking surreptitious photos of students, generating a chase in which one student was wounded in the leg by gunfire. According to authorities the officer arrived at the campus along with four other investigators and a university lawyer to investigate the theft of a mobile phone and was forced to fire into the air when he was confronted and attacked by the students. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Accused Mexican drug boss pleads not guilty

- Associated Press

An accused leader of a Mexican drug-trafficking cartel pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday after being extradited to the United States.

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, speaks May 28, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

VA construction delays cost taypayers millions, probe finds

- The Washington Times

Veterans Affairs officials in Maryland, Virginia and the District have squandered millions of dollars in taxpayer money by mismanaging construction contracts, according to internal department records that showed some of the contracts were delayed so long that money was paid out and the contracts expired before any work was even done.