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D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine
(Associated Press)

Attorney general must not be a political hack

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Senate confirmed federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch as the 83rd U.S. attorney general Thursday after much yakety-yak about her qualifications and whether she is or will be inclined to become a political hack for President Obama.

Women could get 1 year of birth control at once under D.C. bill

- The Washington Times

In a report on the contraceptives bill, the D.C. Council’s Health and Human Services Committee noted that in 2008 the District had the highest rate of unintended pregnancies in the nation and that providing women with a 12-month supply of birth control at one time could help reduce gaps in contraceptive use that often lead to unintended pregnancies.

Baltimore's murder clearance rate currently stands at 53.7 percent, according to Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, even lower than the national average. (Associated Press)

Cops nationwide struggle to solve murders, as case clearance rate drops to 64 percent

- The Washington Times

The national homicide “clearance rate” — that is, local police identifying and arresting killers — has slipped to 64.1 percent from more than 90 percent just 50 years ago amid shrinking budgets, higher closure standards and more crimes being committed by gangs and drug dealers who may have no local footprint and/or encourage a “no-snitch” mentality.

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During Wednesday's "veto session," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is expected to move on several amendments, including one extending the time police may store license plate data to 60 days, a notion running afoul of privacy advocates. (Associated Press)

Terry McAullife data storage plan irks privacy lobby

- The Washington Times

Proposed changes from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to legislation dealing with surveillance technology and ethics are expected to receive substantial attention when lawmakers return to Richmond Wednesday for a one-day "veto session" to accept or reject the governor's amendments and vetoes.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants footage from the Metropolitan Police Department's expanding body camera program to be exempt from public records requests, making the District one of an increasing number of jurisdictions trying to limit access in order to balance the technology with privacy concerns. (Associated Press)

D.C. wants to keep police body camera footage hidden from public eye

- The Washington Times

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants footage from the Metropolitan Police Department's expanding body camera program to be exempt from public records requests, making the District one of an increasing number of jurisdictions trying to limit access in order to balance the technology with privacy concerns.

D.C. Council to vote on medical care contract for city jail

- The Washington Times

The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday on whether to award a $66 million contract for medical care at the city jail to a for-profit company that has been criticized for providing poor services at other facilities — setting lawmakers up for their first major clash with Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Free-range parents deserve a break

- The Washington Times

Here's what happens when nebby noses poke where they don't belong. A mom and dad in one of America's wealthiest counties are being overscrutinized and threatened with legal action for allowing their children to do what parents have been allowing, indeed encouraging, children to do for generations.

Conservative columnist, author and broadcaster Armstrong Williams

Armstrong Williams and the 'Right Side Forum' address Islamic extremism

- The Washington Times

Right Side Forum," an hour-long conservative live news and talk show hosted by columnist Armstrong Williams, will ask this question on its next broadcast: "Islamist Extremists and the Koran." The guests are Clare Lopez, vice president for research and analysis at the Center for Security Policy; and Imam Akmal M. Muhammad, founder of The Islamic Freedom Foundation, Inc.

Police search a parking garage on the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters campus Thursday for an armed man who, according to a fire official, shot a security guard at a gate to the facility in Suitland, Md. (Associated Press)

Census Bureau guard killed; D.C. cop, suspect wounded in later shootout

A man involved in a domestic dispute with his wife shot and killed a guard at the U.S. Census Bureau headquarters in Suitland on Thursday, according to authorities, before leading police on a chase that ended with the suspect and another officer both wounded.