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SILVER LINE

New silver line increases Metro's size, service

RESTON, Va. (AP) - Metro says the new silver line makes the Washington region's transit system 10 percent larger with the addition of five new stations.

The first train departed Reston on Saturday after about 50 years of planning and more than 5 years of construction. Within the first few hours, 10,000 people had entered or exited one of the new silver line stations.

About 25,000 daily riders are expected to use the five new stations after the silver line's first year of service.

Beginning this week during rush hour, silver line trains will run every six minutes. They will run every 12 minutes during midday, evenings and weekends. Trains will run every 20 minutes during late-night hours.

Metro says the silver line increases service for more than a third of its existing riders.

UBER DRIVER-ASSAULT ARREST

Uber driver arrested for DC sexual assault charge

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia police say detectives have arrested a man after a woman reported an Uber car service driver had sexually assaulted her.

Police arrested 31-year-old Reshad Chakari of Alexandria, Virginia, early Saturday. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse.

Police say the alleged assault occurred in the early morning hours of July 20 in the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue in Washington. According to a police report, the woman said Chakari touched her while she was sleeping in the car.

WTOP Radio reports Chakari was released on bond but cannot work for Uber or any car service company until his case is completed.

In a statement to WNEW Radio, Uber says the company is taking the incident seriously and will assist with any investigation.

DAM-SEARCH FOR BODY

Baltimore County rescuers search for body near dam

TOWSON, Md. (AP) - Baltimore County rescuers are searching for the body of a man who was last seen falling into the waters of Maryland's Pretty Boy Dam.

Police and fire officials say the man was seen hanging over the dam and then falling into the water Friday evening. Rescuers responded and searched until it was dark.

Baltimore County police identified the man Sunday as 30-year-old Patrick McTague of Alexandria, Virginia. Rescuers are now working to recover the body. Police are monitoring the waters around the dam for when the body resurfaces.

Police say conditions around the dam are too dangerous to send divers into the water.

SNUBBING WASHINGTON

No booze for DC folks? New Hampshire may fix law

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire is assuring residents of the nation's capital that they can purchase alcohol in the state despite a law that suggests otherwise. But cigarettes? Maybe not.

The New Hampshire Liquor Commission recently clarified that Washington residents can buy alcohol in New Hampshire even though state law doesn't explicitly include them and instead refers to licenses from "another state" or Canada.

It's unclear how many other laws might unintentionally snub Washington residents, but like the alcohol law, the state's tobacco law says a license from "another state" can be used to show proof of age, without mentioning Washington or U.S. territories. One state senator says he's willing to sponsor a bill to fix the problem.

Out-of-staters are often lured by New Hampshire's tax-free booze, and tourism is its second-largest industry.

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