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D.C. Water issues 'do not drink' order for small portion of Northwest

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (WJLA) - D.C. Water has issued a "do not drink" advisory for customers in a small section of Northwest Washington after it received reports of a "petroleum-type smell."

American Alan Gross released from Cuba after 5 years in prison

wjla.com — Alan Gross. (Photo: AP) WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Obama administration official says Cuba has released American Alan Gross, who has been imprisoned for five years. The official says Gross has departed Cuba on a US government plane bound for the United States.
Dec 17, 2014

American Alan Gross released from Cuba arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. | wjla.com/articles/2014/… via @AP

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: MORE: Potomac, Md.-native Alan Gross released from Cuba in prisoner exchange. bit.ly/1wKJVya

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: MORE: Potomac, Md.-native Alan Gross released from Cuba in prisoner exchange. bit.ly/1wKJVya

D.C. healthcare exchange still struggling to sign up applicants

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - As many as one in six District of Columbia residents who tried to sign up for health insurance have been blocked by problems with the D.C. health exchange. Exchange Director Mila Kofman said Tuesday that as many as 500 applications were left in limbo Monday night at the 9 p.m.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: D.C. residents are still experiencing issues trying to sign up for health insurance through the D.C. health exchange: bit.ly/1wgS92n

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: D.C. residents are still experiencing issues trying to sign up for health insurance through the D.C. health exchange: bit.ly/1wgS92n

Attention Kmart shoppers: Your Christmas layaway items are out of stock, orders canceled, refunds delayed

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Angry Kmart shoppers are telling The Consumerist that when they met a deadline to pay off Christmas layaway items, they've been told the items are out of stock and their orders have been canceled. Kmart shoppers. (AP file photo) And some say their refunds may arrive too late to use the refund money to buy replacement gifts.
Dec 17, 2014

Kmart cancels some layaway orders, won’t allow refunds until after Christmas ow.ly/G4DJm

Sony cancels release of 'The Interview' movie after many theaters pull it

wjla.com — A poster for the movie "The Interview" is carried away by a worker after being pulled from a display case at a Carmike Cinemas movie theater in Atlanta (Photo: Associated Press) NEW YORK (AP) - The top theater chains in North America have dropped "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorist attacks at theaters showing the comedy, effectively squashing the Christmas Day release of the film.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: See the complete statement from Sony explaining its decision to cancel the release of 'the Interview' bit.ly/1GRnh9Z

Alan Gross fears U.S. government has abandoned him

wjla.com — For years, ABC7 and NewsChannel 8 have followed the plight of Alan Gross. In 2009, the Rockville resident was arrested in Cuba for setting up internet service on behalf of the U.S. government. Gross remains behind bars, and he's losing hope. Last month, he told a family attorney he's coming home this year -- dead or alive.

Obama: As a black man he's been mistaken for a valet parker

wjla.com — First Lady Michelle Obama, left, and President Barack Obama, right. (Photo: Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) - He may be president now, but Barack Obama says he's a black man who has been mistaken for the valet. Obama tells People magazine that every black professional male his age has had someone hand over their keys while waiting outside a restaurant.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: President Obama says he's been mistaken for a waiter and a valet driver, something he says all black men deal with. bit.ly/1uSNlLo

America to begin talks with Cuba to normalize relations, open embassy in Havana

wjla.com — Blind U.S. athlete Peter Crowley poses for a portrait with the Cuban and U.S. flags at the Marina Hemingway in Havana, Cuba, April 25, 2014. (Photo: Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations, marking the most significant shift in U.S.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: #BreakingNews: U.S. to begin negotiations to end embargo on Cuba, normalize relations and open an embassy in Havana. bit.ly/1wgUAlC

Chief Lanier: Protests are straining D.C. police resources

wjla.com — ARLINGTON, Va. - Perhaps more so than in any other United States city, D.C. and its police department do protests. And rallies. And marches. And on and on. Call it a job requirement, and MPD officers, under the direction of Chief Cathy Lanier, more or less utilize velvet gloves and common sense as opposed to riot gear and armored tanks.

D.C. Council approves soccer stadium deal

wjla.com — The deal calls for the District of Columbia to spend roughly $140 million to secure the land for the stadium site on Buzzard Point in southwest Washington, a neglected peninsula about 2 miles south of the U.S. Capitol. The city will also give up roughly $40 million in tax revenue.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: BREAKING: D.C. Council approves a measure that will allow public money to help build a new stadium for @dcunited. bit.ly/1whdnNx

Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: The D.C. Council is set to give final approval to using public funds to help build a new stadium for @dcunited: bit.ly/1yY7D8k

NYC premiere of controversial Sony film 'The Interview' canceled as threats fly

wjla.com — Actors Seth Rogen, right, and James Franco attend the premiere of the Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" in Los Angeles. (Photo: AP) NEW YORK (AP) - Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @ABC7News: Due to threats of violence, movie theaters are canceling showings of Sony's controversial film "The Interview": bit.ly/1BXmoM2

Metro service restored between McPherson Square and L'Enfant Plaza after water main break

wjla.com — Water main break at Metro Center. (Photo: Brianne Carter/WJLA) WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro says train service has been suspended on the blue, orange and silver lines between Farragut West and L'Enfant Plaza due to a water main break at Metro Center.
Dec 16, 2014

RT @ABC7News: Metro service has been restored between McPherson Square and L'Enfant Plaza, but @wmata says expect residual delays. bit.ly/1wVBa7L

Dec 16, 2014

RT @ABC7News: Metro service has been restored between McPherson Square and L'Enfant Plaza, but @wmata says expect residual delays. bit.ly/1wVBa7L

Indiana woman's will asks to put down dog

wjla.com — Dog that is subject to death under his owner's will. (Photo: CNN) DEARBORN COUNTY, Indiana (CNN/WXIX) - In the eyes of the law, pets are possessions and when you die, you have the right to decide where they go -- but what if that means bringing those pets to the grave with you?

Jeb Bush to 'actively explore' run for president

wjla.com — Jeb Bush. (Photo: AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Jeb Bush is taking his most definitive step yet toward running for president. The former Republican Florida governor on Tuesday told his followers on Facebook and Twitter he has decided "to actively explore the possibility of running for president of the United States."
Dec 16, 2014

RT @ABC7News: .@JebBush announces he will "actively explore" run for president in 2016: bit.ly/1yYIy28

Mayor-elect Bowser to make D.C. Olympic pitch

wjla.com — WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) - District of Columbia mayor-elect Muriel Bowser will travel to California to pitch the U.S. Olympic Committee on the prospect of Washington hosting the Summer Games in 2024. The Olympic flag waving. (AP file photo) The trip by Bowser was made possible by a change to the D.C.

Nationals agree to two-year deal with Harper, avoid grievance hearing

wjla.com — Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. (Photo: Associated Press) WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The Nationals and star outfielder Bryce Harper have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract that will keep the club and perhaps its most marketable player out of a potentially heated grievance hearing, according to a report in The Washington Post .
Dec 15, 2014

RT @ABC7News: The @Nationals have agreed to a new two-year contract with @Bharper3407, avoiding a grievance hearing. bit.ly/1AcPlm3

2 people stabbed near Rockville metro

Dec 15, 2014

Listen to how a witness describes the man accused of stabbing 2 people in Rockville this a.m. Police still searching wjla.com/articles/2014/…

5 people escape Sydney cafe in hostage crisis

wjla.com — A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege in Sydney, Australia on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. (Photo: AP) SYDNEY (AP) - Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour.
Dec 15, 2014

RT @ABC7News: #BreakingNews SYDNEY (AP) - Police say Sydney cafe hostage situation is over after more than 16 hours. bit.ly/1vRBuxg