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Woman Wants to Be First African American Woman To Hit No. 1 On Country Charts

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- In the world of country music, only a few performers of color have made it to the top of the industry-including Charley Pride and Darius Rucker. But a California woman, here in D.C. to sing after Friday night's Washington Wizards game, hopes to break the color barrier for women in country music.

WUSA 9's Andrea McCarren caught up with Carmel Helene during her whirlwind visit to the nation's capital.

Area Public Schools Turn On Air Conditioning Early

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) ---  Look up the air conditioning status for your area public school.


How many schools within the school system have air conditioning?
All of them.  

What date do you turn on the air conditioning in the schools?
The date is usually April 15th.

May individual schools turn them on EARLIER than this designated date?

Yes. The A/C got turned on this week because of the heat.
(Week of April 8, 2013)


Washington's Most Unusual Rush Hour Wedding On the Corner of 14th and U NW

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A busy rush hour street corner became a wedding chapel Wednesday on U St. NW.

Taniah Smith and Luron Flynn were married at the spot where they met exactly four years ago, surprising passersby on a hot Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center.

"I think its beautiful what they are doing!" said one enthusiastic stranger who was among a handful to stop and watch near a busy bus stop.

"I just invited myself," giggled another rush hour pedestrian.

The couple met on the night of April 10th, 2009 when Luron, then a Georgetown student, was captivated by a woman he saw leaving a nearby nightspot.

"It was her smile," he laughed. "I knew I had to meet her."

Taniah, a bank HR executive, said she was taken aback by the young man, who walked, then ran, then loaded in a car with friends to make her acquaintance.

FBI probes Ashley Judd tape at McConnell's request

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- The FBI said Tuesday it is investigating whether Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Louisville campaign office was bugged after aides were caught on tape discussing possible political attacks on Ashley Judd.

The tape was posted by Mother Jones, a liberal magazine that created a stir last year when it published a secretly taped video of Mitt Romney.

"We can confirm that Sen. McConnell's office reported this matter to us and we are looking into it," said Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman. "We are reviewing the tape to determine if any federal laws were violated."

On the recording, McConnell's aides discuss Judd and her struggles with depression and views on several topics, including religion. The actress-activist, who flirted with a Senate bid in Kentucky, said in late March that she would not run for the Democratic nomination in 2014 to take on McConnell.

Prince William and Kate kick off two-day Scotland tour

(CBS NEWS) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- who are known as the Earl and Countess of Strathearn when in Scotland -- arrived in the city of Glasgow, where they toured a sporting arena and visited a homeless shelter.

The pregnant duchess, 31, donned a tartan coat by British label Moloh for the trip, according to the Daily Mail, which she paired with tall black boots. Her husband, 30, wore a navy suit and red tie.

William and Kate met young athletes and locals when they toured Emirates Arena, which will be one of the venues for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. There, they were treated to sporting demonstrations and a performance from the Glasgow 2014 mascot, Clyde.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

5-year-old Girl Still Critical; Stable After Dog Attack in Md.

CHARLES COUNTY, Md. (WUSA9) -- The girl, who was attacked by at least one or more dogs has been stabilized, after being taken to the hospital in critical condition on Wednesday evening in Charles County, Md., officials said Thursday morning. 

The incident took place at a home in the 8600 block of Billingsley Road in Bennsville, MD.  The child, who was said to be in critical condition, was flown to Children's Hospital in Washington, DC.

The girl was supposed to be under the supervision of her mother's boyfriend at the time of the attack.  The boyfriend lost sight of her and later found her laying face down in the backyard where she had already been attacked, according to officials. 

Charles County Animal Control has taken three dogs into custody.  A pit bull, a bulldog, and a cane corso are the breeds suspected to be involved in the attack. 

Persons of Interest Sought In DC Nightclub Homicide

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police need your help finding "persons of interest" in a homicide outside of a DC nightclub. 

They released a YouTube video of the people they want to question in connection to the crime. 

It's been almost a week since 24-year old Paul Tanoh was gunned down outside a DC night club.

Police say it all happened last Thursday shortly after 2 a.m., outside Balletto's night club on the corner of L and 17th street in downtown D.C., just four blocks away from the White House.

This video comes after Tanoh's father begged police and authorities for justice in an exclusive interview with WUSA9.