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Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, right, accompanied by Virginia Solicitor General Stuart Raphael, speaks outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va., Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, following a hearing on President Donald Trump's travel ban. (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko) ** FILE **

Federal judge upholds travel ban, but earlier rulings leave it blocked

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration scored a victory Friday in its effort to enact a temporary ban on refugee resettlement and travel of foreign nationals from six countries, with a federal judge in Virginia siding with President Trump over a Muslim civil-rights group that challenged the legality of his revised executive order.

In this Feb. 27, 2017 file photo, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe holds a briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four former sailors who became known as the "Norfolk Four" as they fought rape and murder convictions, saying police intimidated them into falsely confessing to the crimes two decades ago have been pardoned by Gov. McAuliffe on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) **FILE**

Va. Gov. McAuliffe taps Ray LaHood to look into Metro’s ‘very serious problems’

- The Washington Times

Citing what he said were “very serious problems” with the Washington area’s transportation system, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Thursday he was ordering an independent review of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to study the troubled transit system’s governance and long-term financial needs.

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Late-season cold chills cherry blossom display

Patricia Brazeau already is planning her return trip to the District for next spring because she "missed the window" to see the city's famed cherry blossoms this year.