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Andrea Noble was a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times.

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This undated image provided by the Federal Aviation Administration's Northern Plains Unmanned Aerial Systems Test Site in North Dakota shows a Draganflyer drone owned by the University of North Dakota, equipped to carry video and infrared cameras. It is three feet wide, three feet long and 1 foot tall. The purpose of the test site in North Dakota is to help develop regulations for unmanned aircraft. (AP Photo/Northern Plains UAS Test Site via The Bismarck Tribune)

Virginia county revives debate about domestic drones

Wise County, in a rural corner of southwestern Virginia, purchased two small remote-controlled "quad copters" in February, but the $400 apiece gadgets remain grounded as part of a temporary moratorium on drone use in the state. Published July 31, 2014

D.C. officials expect an increase in the number of people seeking permits to carry after deciding last week not to appeal a federal circuit court ruling striking down the "good reason" requirement that severely limited who was able to obtain a concealed-carry permit. (Associated Press/File)

Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case

A federal judge on Tuesday granted a 90-day stay in a ruling that upended Washington, D.C.'s ban on carrying handguns in public, giving city officials time to consider whether they will appeal the case or concede and begin drafting gun carry laws. Published July 29, 2014

The FBI headquarters in Washington is seen here on Feb. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

End of an era: FBI HQ to leave D.C. for suburbs

Three locations in the D.C. suburbs have been identified as potential sites for the planned relocation of the FBI's headquarters, including Greenbelt and Landover in Prince George's County and Springfield in Fairfax County. Published July 29, 2014

District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray

ACLU slams Gray on issues of transparency

Vincent C. Gray criticized his predecessor for running "one of the most opaque administrations" he had ever seen and singled out its failure to process requests for public records as he promised more transparency during his 2010 campaign for D.C. mayor. Published July 16, 2014

The District of Columbia has decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

D.C. police quietly prepping for change in law on marijuana

The District is quietly preparing for a law to take effect Thursday that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, with the Metropolitan Police Department issuing a special order to officers advising them of new protocols. Published July 15, 2014


Council overrides mayor's veto of fiscal 2015 budget

Lame-duck Mayor Vincent C. Gray failed to persuade a single council member to support his call to reconsider the city's $10.8 billion budget, with lawmakers Monday overriding his veto of the fiscal 2015 spending plan by the same 12-1 vote with which they passed it last month. Published July 14, 2014

3 killed, 4 wounded Sunday in three D.C. shootings

Three people were killed in three separate shootings in the District on Sunday that injured another four people and brought the city's homicide total up to 67, compared with 45 killings at this time last year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Published July 14, 2014