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Is Washington in for a Harsh Winter?

Washington, DC (WUSA 9) - Now that fall is here, Washingtonians start to ponder what the upcoming winter season will bring. Will the winter be significantly warmer than normal or colder and snowier than in recent years? Recent weather history - including a wrap up of this past summer - could serve as an indication as to what lies ahead this winter.

It was the coolest summer since 2009 - the last summer without any triple digit heat in the Nation's Capital. It got off to a very wet start with above average rainfall in June and July. In fact, June 2013 was the fourth wettest June on record with 9.97" of rain - more than 6" above normal. July was also wetter than average, but August and September were both drier than average. Since June and July were both such rainy months, the 2013 summer finished with nearly 3 inches more rain than normal.

Happy National Taco Day!

(WUSA9) -- Happy National Taco Day!

Who doesn't love a delicious taco?

Take a look at this photo gallery, courtesy of Yelp, of the top 20 places to get tacos in the District (according to Yelp).

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Suspicious substance found at National Zoo

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police have a person in custody at the Smithsonian's National Zoo after spreading a white powder substance on the floor of the reptile house, police say. 

The hazardous chemical unit of the DC Fire and EMS Department is on the scene to determine if the substance is dangers, the DC Fire Dept. said. 

Officials say there is no indication on why the person spread the substance in the reptile house. 

We'll have more information as it become available. 

10 Best DC Restaurants

(WUSA9) -- Small plates and international fare are on the menu at many D.C. restaurants. 

Take a look at these photos of 10Best's top 10 D.C. restaurants. 

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(Photos from 10Best.com)

N.J. judge: State must allow gays to marry

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey judge has ruled that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry.

Judge Mary Jacobson says now that the federal government recognizes gay marriages, not doing so in New Jersey would violate the state constitution.

Her order says the marriages could begin Oct. 21, which gives the state time to appeal and ask for a stay to block marriages from happening.

Man suspected of attempted extortion of Miss Teen US

SANTA ANA, California (AP) - A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in an investigation into the hacking of a webcam at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf in an attempt to extort nude photographs, the FBI said.

Jared James Abrahams surrendered to FBI agents in Orange County, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. He was scheduled to be in federal court in Santa Ana later in the day, Eimiller said.

Wolf, a 19-year-old, won the Miss Teen USA crown Aug. 9.

AAA: 23 traffic deaths in DC this year

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Traffic fatalities in DC are up from all of last year, and we're only in September, according to the Automobile Association of America.

"At least 23 persons have lost their lives in traffic crashes in Washington, D.C. as of Monday, September 23, 2013, according to preliminary data from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC). That compares to only 12 motor vehicle traffic fatalities by the same date in 2012," AAA announced in a news release. 

In 2012, a total of 19 people died in traffic crashes, AAA said. 

"This comprises a 91.6 percent spike in the city's highway death toll period over period, figures from the MPD's Major Crash Unit show," AAA reported.

Four of those people died in July. One of them was a motorcyclist, another a motorist who died in a single car crash and the two other July fatalities were pedestrians.