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WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., is shutting down all movie theaters and gyms, and ordering all restaurants and bars to serve only takeout, as the nation's capital continues to ramp up its social distancing measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Mayor Muriel Bowser says she is also placing local National Guard units on standby, but not actively deploying them yet.

All restaurants and bars will be able to offer to offer carry-out to customers or to food delivery services, but all dining or drinking in the establishments is prohibited, starting at 10 p.m. Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Japanese Ambassador to the United States Kenichiro Sasae says Japan has authorized $2 million to support a feasibility study of building a high-speed train between Baltimore and Washington.

Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae made the announcement Wednesday after signing a Memorandum of Cooperation between Maryland and Japan with Gov. Larry Hogan. The agreement formalizes trade relations between Maryland and Japan.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The tourism bureau for the nation's capital says Washington set a record for overseas tourism in 2015, with more than 2 million foreign visitors.

Destination DC released the visitation data on Wednesday. The tourism bureau announced in May that the city also saw a record number of domestic visitors in 2015, with more than 19 million Americans traveling to Washington.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Elections officials in the nation's capital have cleared the way for a $15-an-hour minimum wage to be added to the ballot.

The District of Columbia's minimum wage is currently $10.50. It will go up to $11.50 an hour next July under a law approved by the D.C. Council in 2013.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Severe storms brought down trees and power lines throughout the mid-Atlantic region, affecting some roads and rail service.

Transportation agencies around the region reported some roads closed Wednesday morning by downed trees and wires and flooding. Amtrak is warning that service between Washington and Philadelphia is delayed. Maryland's MARC rail services is reporting delays too.

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Supporters of decriminalizing marijuana rallied this weekend in Wilmington urging the Delaware General Assembly to act.

There were around 40 people who marched along Market Street with curious onlookers – some honking their horns others shouting support from apartment above the street.

Governor Jack Markell says he is willing to look at decriminalization.

But the Delaware Democrat strongly opposed legalization of the weed that has taken place in Colorado and other states.

He said not enough was known about its impact.