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DC delegate blocked from testifying on abortion bill

CAPITOL HILL (WUSA9) -- DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton blasted a House Republican subcommittee chair she was denied a chance to speak on a bill to permanently ban the city from spending its own tax money on abortions for low-income women.

Chairman Trent Franks (R-AZ) says Delegate Norton could have testified, but only as the Democrats sole witness on the 'No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act'. "The minority was entirely free to invite Ms Norton as their witness."

Democrats say the bill hits women across the country. And they say allowing Norton to testify is a common courtesy almost always extended to members of the House.

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Elephant Tusks theft suspect wanted in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police are looking for the person or people responsible for stealing a pair of elephant tusks. 

The tusks were stolen from the Wilson Building, on 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, between the dates of August 12 and August 27, police said. 

Police released a photo of the tusks, that were given to the City of Washington, DC as a gift in 1954, by the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202)727-9099. 

The Williams-Addison House Renovations Unveiled at Opening Event

The Williams-Addison House Renovations Unveiled at Opening Event

Developed by Capital City Real Estate and listed by Stages Select, The Williams-Addison House is the highest priced home on the market in DC at $16.8 million.

Unemployment benefits bill clears hurdle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared an initial Senate hurdle, but the bill's fate remains in doubt.

The vote Tuesday was 60-37 to limit debate on the legislation, with a half-dozen Republicans siding with the Democrats.

At the same time, Senate Republicans served notice they would attempt to change the measure so the $6.4 billion cost would not add to deficits - a step that Democrats have so far rejected.

As drafted, the bill would restore between 14 weeks and 47 weeks of benefits averaging $256 weekly to an estimated 1.3 million long-term jobless who were affected when the program expired Dec. 28. Without action by Congress, thousands more each week would feel the impact as their state-funded benefits expire, generally after 26 weeks.

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Fed chair, unemployment on tap as Congress returns

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is back to work on Monday, facing a hefty list of unfinished business and a politically driven agenda in an election year.

The Senate has scheduled votes on President Barack Obama's nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve and a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. If confirmed, Yellen would be the first woman to serve as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Democrats are focused on extending the benefits for an estimated 1.3 million Americans. The payments stopped on Dec. 28.

Republicans see a political boost in the troubled implementation of Obama's health care law. The GOP-led House has scheduled a vote this week on legislation dealing with security of personal data.

All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up in November.

28-year-old dies in car accident in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police are investigating a fatal accident which happened in DC Monday night. 

The accident happened in the area of I-295 and East Capitol Street around 11:45 p.m. The driver of a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro was travelling at a high rate of speed in the north bound lanes of I-295, 'when he lost control of the vehicle, entered a grassy area, struck several trees and shrubs before overturning', police said.

Anthony Lawrence Emerson, 28 succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, police said. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Police at (202) 727-9099. 

Holiday Toy Giveaway gets kids smiling in Ward 8 with Councilmember Marion Barry

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA9) --- A T-Ball Set, soccer ball and books. Over 200 children got new toys in Ward 8 tonight.

DC Councilmember Marion Barry hosted a Holiday Toy Giveaway
at Fort Stanton Recreation Center in Southeast.

"The need is so great out here," said Barry who represents Ward 8.  He greeted families wearing a festive Santa hat. He estimated about 600 toys were given away. 

The toys put "many smiles" on children's faces, when parents are struggling financially during the holiday season.

"I'm happy on one hand. I'm sad to see, that we have people, who don't have a toy, wouldn't have a toy if it weren't for this toy drive," Barry said.