{FD} Appeals court denies bid to reconsider ruling on Peace Cross

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request to reconsider its ruling that a 40-foot-tall (12-meter) cross on a Maryland highway median just outside Washington violates the U.S. Constitution, prompting supporters of the war memorial to vow to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

{FD} Sex offender sentenced in 1975 girls’ murder case that alarmed DC suburbs

A man charged with killing two young sisters from Maryland is expected to plead guilty Tuesday, more than four decades after the girls vanished during a trip to a local shopping mall.