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Cuba's US Embassy Hit by Molotov Cocktail in DC

No significant damage and no one injured

(Newser) - At least one Molotov cocktail was thrown at the Cuban Embassy in Washington, reports the AP , but there was no significant damage and no one was injured. US law enforcement officials were investigating. Secret Service officers were called around 8pm ET on Sunday to respond to the attack on a...

DC Police Raise Reward for Escaped Murder Suspect

Christopher Haynes has been on the run for a week

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, have raised the reward for a murder suspect to $30,000 a week after he escaped from custody at George Washington University Hospital. Christopher Haynes, 30, was arrested by a fugitive task force last Wednesday in connection with a double shooting and escaped the same day,...

Hit-and-Run Victim Is a Pedestrian Safety Advocate

Stephen Grasty, who fronted a 2013 Street Smart campaign, suffers broken leg, vertebra

(Newser) - You could once see Stephen Grasty's face, with a thick black tire mark running from top to bottom, on billboards and buses across Washington, DC. In 2013, Grasty became the face of Street Smart, a pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign that urged drivers to yield to walkers and cyclists...

'Someone Is Dead Over a Dispute Over Sauce'

Police say 16-year-old girl was stabbed in fight over McDonald's sweet-and-sour sauce

(Newser) - "At the end of the day, someone is dead over a dispute over sauce," DC Superior Court Judge Sherri Beatty-Arthur said Monday at a hearing for a 16-year-old girl accused of killing another 16-year-old in a fight outside a McDonald's in the early hours of Sunday. Police...

Pentagon Weighs Changes in Deploying DC National Guard

Proposals follow problems with response to George Floyd, Jan. 6 protests

(Newser) - The Pentagon is developing plans to restructure the National Guard in Washington, DC, in a move to address problems highlighted by the chaotic response to the Jan. 6 riot and safety breaches during the 2020 protests over the murder of George Floyd, the AP reports. The changes under discussion would...

How Trump, Jack Smith Interacted in the Courtroom
How Trump, Jack Smith
Interacted at the Arraignment
the rundown

How Trump, Jack Smith Interacted at the Arraignment

There were many glances, but was there eye contact?

(Newser) - It was a historic moment as former President Trump was arraigned on federal charges related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Washington, DC, on Thursday. But was there a "historic glance"? Trump and special counsel Jack Smith—the man behind the charges that could see the...

Police 'Prepared' for Trump Arraignment

Security boosted ahead of 4pm ET hearing in Washington

(Newser) - Some online commenters have called for an "armed revolution" since Tuesday's indictment of former President Trump on four felony charges. But Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger doesn't expect much drama Thursday when Trump is arraigned at the federal courthouse in Washington, DC, where more than 1,000...

Capitol Police Issue Shelter-in-Place Order
Capitol Police: 'Bogus Call'
Caused Lockdown

Capitol Police: 'Bogus Call' Caused Lockdown

'We got nobody who actually heard shots and certainly no victims'

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. Authorities issued a shelter-in-place order and searched Senate office buildings near the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon after a report of an active shooter. The US Capitol Police announced on the X social media platform that the security response was prompted by a...

DC Panel: Giuliani Deserves Disbarment

Former Trump lawyer says he'll fight punishment over false election claims

(Newser) - "He claimed massive election fraud but had no evidence of it," a Washington, DC, bar committee said Friday of Rudy Giuliani. "By prosecuting that destructive case Mr. Giuliani, a sworn officer of the Court, forfeited his right to practice law." The three-member discipline panel thus unanimously...

Afghan Immigrant Who Helped US Forces Killed as Lyft Driver

Nasrat Ahmad Yar, a 31-year-old father of four, was fatally shot in DC

(Newser) - A 31-year-old father of four driving for Lyft was shot to death in Washington, DC, during an apparent botched robbery, say police. And the death of Nasrat Ahmad Yar around midnight on Monday has another tragic aspect: Ahmad Yar is from Afghanistan, where he worked as an interpreter for US...

This Is America's Friendliest LGBTQ+ City

San Francisco takes the top spot in LawnStarter's rankings, while Florida's Hialeah falls to the bottom

(Newser) - It's almost the midway point in Pride Month, the celebration and commemoration of LGBTQ+ pride, with events taking place nationwide—including at the White House . LawnStarter decided to scout out what parts of the country are most pride-friendly, looking at 20 metrics for 200 of the America's largest...

F-16's Pilot Saw Cessna's Slumped Over

Military jets were sent up after private plane that flew over DC, then crashed

(Newser) - The cause of the crash of a small plane in a mountainous area of Virginia on Sunday after it caused alarm while crossing over Washington, DC, remains unknown—but a military pilot has provided a clue. An F-16 pilot sent to intercept the Cessna saw the plane's pilot slumped...

These States Are Pulling Their Weight for US Economy

Washington state has the best economy, West Virginia the worst, per WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - When it comes to the US economy, a variety of factors underlie its health (or lack thereof), with the economies of individual states playing a significant part. WalletHub wanted to see which ones are really pulling their weight when it comes to contributing to the national coffers, so it looked...

Military Scrambles F-16s as Plane Flies Over DC, Unresponsive
Wreckage Located
After Plane
Crash in Virginia

Wreckage Located After Plane Crash in Virginia

Authorities say no survivors found after plane spurred military to scramble F-16 fighter jets

(Newser) - The wreckage of a private Cessna plane that crashed in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley on Sunday was located later that evening, and authorities say no survivors have been found, per CNN . The Virginia State Police say the identity of those on the plane, which prompted the military to scramble fighter...

DC Is Seeing a Troubling Crime Trend, and It Involves Kids

11-year-old boy is charged in armed robberies, and he's not alone

(Newser) - Police in Washington, DC, arrested a suspect on Saturday in connection with three armed attempted robberies. Perhaps not so unusual. What seems unusual: The suspect is an 11-year-old boy, though the Washington Post reports that it's actually not so unusual, and is the latest in what appears to be...

Suspect in White House Truck Crash Is Missouri Teen

Sources say Sai Varshith Kandula told officers he wanted to kill Biden, seize power

(Newser) - The man charged with threatening to kill the president after crashing a U-Haul into barriers near the White House Monday night has been identified as a 19-year-old Missouri resident. Law enforcement sources tell ABC that Sai Varshith Kandula told officers that he planned to kill President Biden and seize control...

U-Haul With Nazi Flag Crashes Into Barriers Near White House

Man is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening a president or VP

(Newser) - A man has been charged with threatening the president after a U-Haul truck crashed into security barriers across the street from the White House late Monday. Investigators believe the driver intentionally struck the barriers on the north side of Lafayette Square just before 10pm. A witness tells NBC Washington that...

No, the Pentagon Didn't Blow Up Monday

But eerily realistic fake explosion pic, perhaps created by AI, circulated online, shook up stocks

(Newser) - Most of the tweets on the OSINTdefender Twitter account , which bills itself as an "open source intelligence monitor," have focused lately on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A post on Monday morning, however, set off alarms closer to home, after a phony image circulated on social media depicting...

8 Shot as Neighbors Come Out on a 'Beautiful Night' in DC

Victims, including a 12-year-old, are expected to survive

(Newser) - Eight people were shot Friday night in Washington in two attacks that DC police suspect are connected. One of the people wounded is a 12-year-old girl, NBC News reports. Police said all are expected to survive. The first shooting was around 10pm in the Southeast section of the District, when...

1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Shooting at DC Funeral Home

Somebody opened fire after funeral for homicide victim

(Newser) - "How low can you be of a human being to target other people at a funeral?" Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee asked after a man was killed and three people were critically injured in a shooting outside a Washington, DC funeral home Tuesday. Contee said somebody opened fire on...

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