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Shoppers leave the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Dallas, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. The Bentonville, Ark., company announced Friday the planned closure of 269 stores, more than half of them in the U.S. and another big chunk in its challenging Brazilian market. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY; NO SALES

Residents say Wal-Mart hurt them, District by reneging

Bewildered and disappointed, residents near the planned Skyland Town Center in Southeast say Wal-Mart slighted them when it reneged on a deal to build a much-needed store where they live after having built three stores in thriving neighborhoods. Published January 18, 2016

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D.C. police report increase in violent crime

Two weeks into the new year, the District has had fewer homicides compared to the same period last year, but overall violent crime is higher, according to Metropolitan Police Department statistics. Published January 13, 2016

Passengers wait on the platform before boarding a train at the U Street Metro Station in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Police search for suspects in series of Metro attacks

A recent spate of violent attacks on Metro trains has police searching for suspects in four incidents over the last few weeks on the Red, Yellow and Green lines, including at least two involving small gangs of youths. Published January 12, 2016

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Bowser's wish list seeing few returns

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser offered few measurable achievements Monday in her first annual Accountability Report, in which she claimed success in fulfilling most of her transition agenda items during her first term in office. Published January 11, 2016

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DDOT head: No proof speeders deterred by larger fines

The head of the District's transportation department ceded at a city council hearing Friday that he couldn't provide evidence that increased traffic fines decreased speeding, but that none of the newly proposed fines were set in stone. Published January 8, 2016