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Posted at 4:21 PM ET, 01/19/2010

PM news roundup

By Washington Post editors

Good afternoon. Hope you're enjoying this fine weather. Out in California there's a tornado watch in South Central Los Angeles. Yes, you read that correctly: tornado watch in the City of the Angels. Oh my.

Here are you afternoon headlines.

Rescues continue in Haiti. A week after the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti's capital city, survivors are still being pulled from the rubble. Personnel from Fairfax County's search and rescue team continues their hard work. So far the team from Fairfax have saved 15 people since they touched down in Haiti last week -- among the first of the first responders to get to the quake ravaged country. Ships and planes carrying aid workers, their military and medical teams continue to arrive daily. The United Nations agreed today to send 3,500 more peacekeepers to the region to help with the security situation.

An ourpouring of support for Haiti here. In Washington, officials at the Haitian Embassy have set up a “command center” to deal with the outpouring of support and donations. More than 2,000 bags of clothing and supplies were donated Sunday, but officials continue to urge Americans to donate cash not goods. The FBI has also set up a hotline to investigate allegations of fraud connected to Haiti earthquake relief (Post) WUSA.

Today's women at the breadwinners. Another story likely to spur discussion at dinner tables around the country: a report released today said women are now the top income earners in one out of every five American households. "What's radically changed is that marriage now is a better deal for men," said Richard Fry, co-author of the report, published by the Pew Research Center.

Medical marijuana coming soon to D.C.? D.C. Council Member David A. Catania (I-At Large) has introduced a bill to allow medical marijuana to be dispensed in the District. Under the measure, the District would have up to five medical marijuana dispensaries where seriously ill patients could go to obtain the drug from a licensed vendor.

No new taxes in Virginia. In Virginia, Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) has ruled out a tax increase to close the state's $4 billion budget gap.

Obama in Falls Church. President Barack Obama appeared at Graham Road Elementary School in Falls Church to announce plans to seek $1.35 billion in his next budget to expand his signature education initiative to improve schools.
In tech news, Obama also sent out his first "tweet.".

A 60-year Poe tradition broken. For the first time in 60 years, the mysterious visitor who leaves three roses and a bottle of cognac on Edgar Allan Poe's grave in Baltimore, failed to show. In other Poe headlines -- the Associated Press reports that a more flattering portrait of the master of horror is being unveiled for the first time this week. The portrait is set to be auctioned by its owner shows a much younger -- even handsome, Poe.

Thanks for reading. Have a good night and a safe drive (or ride) home.

By Washington Post editors  | January 19, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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