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Spider Called Pivotal in Slayer Guitarist Death

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman thought he was on the mend after a spider bite followed by an infection. He'd been writing songs with the band in anticipation of recording a new album later this year.

But in an unusual chain of events, a representative for the band said the bite may have contributed to Hanneman's death more than two years later.

Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side, according to Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald. He was 49.

Family members and doctors were not immediately available to discuss the cause of death.

Let's Be Real: Did Governor McDonnell Break the Law?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Yesterday it reported that the FBI is investigating Virginia governor Bob McDonnell. And, the fact that the CEO of a Virginia corporation known as Star Scientific chipped in 15 thousand dollars toward the governor's daughter's wedding. The governor says Johnny Williams was just being a good friend.

Those corny, "I'm just a regular guy" campaign ads from Bob McDonnell, so forgive me if  I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around his  explanation, that Johnny Williams is just a good family friend, who just wanted  to kick in 15 K to help foot the bill  for a daughter's wedding.

Nothing to do with McDonnell being governor of course.  Now the governor insists he broke no laws since the "gift" was for his daughter and not him.  But if we use the smell test...frankly.

New Security Checkpoint Now Open at BWI Marshall Airport

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport opened a new security checkpoint and a secure connector between Concourses B and C today, airport officials said. 

"This new security checkpoint will help ensure the continued success and safety of BWI Marshall," said Governor Martin O'Malley in a press release. "With these infrastructure improvements, we can offer travelers additional convenience and efficiency while providing new opportunities for growth."

The new security checkpoint serves Concourses C, B, and A. The new checkpoint is the largest at BWI Marshall, offering 9-lanes for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to inspect passengers and carry-on items, it said in a press release.

According to the press release, construction work on the B/C Connector and other terminal improvements will continue through the summer months.

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

Publisher, photographer probed over topless Kate photos

PARIS (AP) - French prosecutors have placed the publisher and photographer of unauthorized topless snaps of Prince William's wife, Kate, under formal criminal investigation, they said Thursday.

Caroline Chassain, spokeswoman for the Nanterre prosecutor, said that Mondadori Magazines France and local photographer Valerie Suau were placed under investigation earlier this month over possible criminal exploitation of the images, which appeared in the French Closer magazine last September.

The photos showed the duchess of Cambridge relaxing at a private villa in Provence, in southern France, sometimes without her bikini top and, in one case, her suit bottom partially pulled down to apply sunscreen.

Chassain added that Suau's employer, local newspaper La Provence, was also placed under formal criminal investigation on Monday, but she did not elaborate.

The investigation will likely take months to complete.

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Police Ask For Help In Robbery Investigation

Bethesda, Md. (WUSA9) -- An armed bank robbery in Montgomery County is still being investigated and with no new leads, detectives are turning to the public.

Police say a suspect wearing a "dark blue jacket, a light green button up, gloves and a Halloween mask" robbed M&T bank off of Seven Locks Road on December 22, 2012 in the early morning," police said in the news release. 

The suspect walked into the bank, intimidated the teller with a small black handgun and left with an "undisclosed amount of cash," police said.

The robber is described as an "unknown race male, over 6'0'' tall, with a medium build." Investigators are urging anyone who may have tips about this incident to come forward and contact the Robbery Section at 240-773-5100, police said.

Let's Be Real: What's Wrong With Tattoos?

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Don't get me wrong, like the Obama's, I too am of the no-tattoo generation; that group of middle aged baby boomers who live with the absolute certainty that every young person currently rocking the seriously cool ink is doomed to become an older person with no job and many regrets. Mostly regarding the ink.  

But for every baller who goes tattoo crazy, there's probably 10-thousand 20-somethings who just want a little eye of the tiger or whatever that is. 

And now I gotta wonder.  

Is there really anything wrong with that? Look at the numbers. 

The pew center says 45 million Americans have tattoos, 40 percent of adults aged 26 to 40 with at least one. A third say the tattoo makes the feel more sexy, another 3rd say rebellious.

Country Singer Billy Currington Charged With Making Threat

SAVANNAH, GA. (AP) -- Country singer Billy Currington has been indicted in Georgia on charges that he threatened bodily harm to a man over the age of 65.

A Chatham County grand jury indicted Currington on Wednesday on charges of making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person. The indictment says only that Currington threatened "to cause bodily harm" to a man named Charles Harvey Ferrelle on April 15.

District Attorney Meg Heap spokesman Daniel Baxter says a warrant was being issued for Currington's arrest.

A representative for Currington did not immediately return a phone message. It was not known if he had hired an attorney.

Currington is a native of the Georgia coast. His hits include "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer," "That's How Country Boys Roll" and "People Are Crazy."

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