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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports –D.C’s pot decriminalization law goes into effect Thursday; a sinkhole in southeast D.C. that was caused by a water main break has been repaired; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
MCDONNELL CORRUPTION TRIAL LATEST: A federal judge ruled mostly in favor of prosecutors Wednesday on several pre-trial motions filed ahead of the corruption trial for former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
Judge James R. Spencer denied the McDonnells' request to allow expert witnesses to testify that the prosecution's star witness will reap substantial benefits from the government's requested suspension of evidence-gathering in two unrelated civil cases. The judge also denied motions made by the McDonnells' lawyers to bar certain evidence from trial, including financial disclosure forms the governor filed when in office and statements Maureen McDonnell made to law enforcement officials during an interview.
The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 worth of loans and gifts in exchange for helping former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams promote his company's dietary supplements. http://wj.la/1ne0Pmv
HYPNOTIST REPORTEDLY DOUSES MAN IN GASOLINE: A 61-year-old Rockville man could go to prison after he reportedly doused a stranger in gasoline at a local gas station.
The alleged victim, Miguel Mendez, of Montgomery Village, was driving home from a church event with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. The young family pulled into the Gulf gas station along Rockville Pike, just north of Rockville Town Center, when Mendez noticed a blue Audi sedan blocking two gas pumps.
Mendez says he politely asked the Audi's owner, Armin Moadab, to drive forward. But instead of moving his car, Moadab allegedly began cursing up a storm and then sprayed Mendez from head to toe with unleaded fuel. http://wj.la/1qglwjY
DRONE WEDDING VIDEO: The Federal Aviation Administration indicated Wednesday that it is investigating whether a video of a congressman's wedding last month violated the agency's ban on drone flights for commercial purposes.
The agency's carefully worded statement doesn't mention Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., by name, but said it was looking into "a report of an unmanned aircraft operation in Cold Spring, New York, on June 21 to determine if there was any violation of federal regulations or airspace restrictions."
Maloney has acknowledged hiring a photographer to produce a video of his wedding using a camera mounted on a small drone. The wedding took place in Cold Spring on June 21. Maloney is a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's aviation subcommittee, which oversees the FAA. http://bit.ly/1pd4QVe
D.C. POT DECRIMINALIZATION NOW IN EFFECT: At least for the time being, it's no longer a criminal offense to carry a joint in your pocket in most of the nation's capital.
The District of Columbia's law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana takes effect Thursday. But it's not clear how long the law will last. The House has approved a spending bill with an amendment that would bar the District from implementing the law.
The law replaces criminal penalties for possession of one ounce of pot with a $25 civil fine. D.C. police are seeking to remind residents that smoking in public, possession of more than one ounce or selling marijuana remain criminal offenses. It's also still illegal to have pot on federal property, and the new law doesn't apply to U.S. Park Police. http://wj.la/1mNVEss
MORTARS INTERRUPT CEASE FIRE IN GAZA: Israel's military said Thursday that at least three mortars struck southern Israel about halfway into a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
Israel announced Wednesday it would hold its fire as part of plan brokered by the United Nations to allow Palestinians in Gaza to restock supplies.
But Israel also pledged to retaliate if Hamas, which controls Gaza, launches rocket attacks then. The mortars fell in opens areas. Israel has yet to respond. http://usat.ly/1jANNyy
O’MALLEY, OBAMA CLASH OVER IMMIGRATION: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a stalwart ally of President Obama, has landed in an escalating fight with the White House over what to do about thousands of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S. border.
It started Friday, when O’Malley declared that returning the children to their home countries, as Obama has suggested, would send them “back to certain death.” That prompted an angry response from White House officials and accusations of hypocrisy when O’Malley opposed locating a shelter for the children in a Maryland county. http://wapo.st/1mUCNv7
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Washington Wizards have announced that they've acquired center DeJuan Blair from the Dallas Mavericks for the rights to Emir Preldzic. Blair has appeared in 366 career regular season games over five seasons with San Antonio and Dallas, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game. http://wapo.st/1t7TnZS
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The recording of a nightmarish, 18-minute phone call between a Comcast customer service agent and a customer trying to cancel his cable service has gone viral, prompting the company to issue the man an official apology. http://wj.la/1oYEqrS
NEWSTALK: Thursday’s guest (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) will be D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who will talk about the D.C. Council’s override of his budget veto, GOP attempts to rewrite the city’s gun and marijuana laws, and more.