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Gansler responds to reports of reckless driving

WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is responding to accounts from Maryland State Police that he regularly ordered state troopers to drive him with lights and sirens to routine appointments.

Documents obtained by The Washington Post show Gansler directed troopers to speed, run red lights and bypass traffic jams while driving him. In one case, police said Gansler insisted on driving himself, running red lights with sirens blaring.

Police Lt. Charles Ardolini wrote in 2011 that the problem existed for five years and "occurs on a daily basis."

Gansler is now a Democratic candidate for governor.

Gansler's campaign issued a response Sunday. Gansler apologized if his "backseat driving" made troopers uncomfortable. But the campaign says the matters were settled and are now being used as a political attack on Gansler.

Metro considers rate hike

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro is feeling the grip of the government shutdown. It's already lost a couple million dollars so far because they've lost a quarter of its ridership.

Separate from the shutdown, Metro in its regular board meeting is considering a 10 cent rate hike. 

The Metro board considers a rate hike every couple of years.  If approved you would pay about 10 cents more a trip this summer. That equates to an average of $1.50 a week or $6 a month.

One rider told WUSA9, "I don't think they should." Another ride said, "Metro is already expensive so it's frustrating, but i also want to know why they're raising it and what other additional benefits are we going to see."

GM Richard Sarles with WMATA, said "We have additional improvements we're making we also have to take care of normal inflation costs of materials as well as labor."

Police: 5 charged with multiple store robberies

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Five people have been arrested and charged for multiple robberies in the DC metro area, police said.

They are believed to be responsibly for 46 known burglaries, with a total value of merchandise estimated at $77,000. All of them occurred in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. They would go to retail cellular telephone stores and remove cellular phones and other items of value.They received cash for selling the stolen items, police said.

The five people involved include 22-year-old Christopher Brice of Southeast, DC; 20-year-old Taiwo Johnson, of Southeast, DC; 22-year-old Dasheem Smith of Northeast, DC; 22-year-old Dalvez Watkins of Suitland, Md., and 24-year-old Darien Wilson of Northeast, DC., police said.

All five have been charged with 'Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime'.

National Coffee Day 2013 Specials

(WXIA) -- Coffee enthusiasts everywhere know the significance of Sept. 29. For everyone else, it's National Coffee Day 2013.

The day will be celebrated Nationwide with some special deals from coffee shops.

Caribou Coffee will offer a free small cup of Amy's Blend all Sunday. If you buy a tumbler you will get unlimited coffee refills for the entire month of October.

Dunkin' Donuts is offering a free small hot or iced coffee. The offer is only available through the "My Offers" section of the Dunkin' Donuts mobile app for smartphones.

Einstein Bros. Bagels is offering a Buy One Coffee Beverage, Get One Free offer all weekend.

Krispy Kreme is giving out free 12oz coffees all day.

McDonalds is giving away free PremiumRoast Coffee at participating locations.

Credit card skimming devices put on Md. ATMs

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) - Montgomery County Police say credit card skimming devices were placed on ATMs at banks in the Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas.

Police say the devices, which recorded account numbers, were put on ATMs several times in August.

Officers say the account numbers were later used fraudulently.

Detectives urge consumers to inspect credit card readers at ATMs, gas pumps and elsewhere before using them. People should check for parts that are loose, crooked or damaged, or for scratches or adhesive or tape residue on the device.

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

We at WUSA9 are always listening to your questions and comments on www.TellWUSA9.com as well. Click the link and tell us what you think about all the hottest topics in today's news, entertainment, weather and local sports. 

Nourish Now fights hunger in Montgomery County

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) --- Nourish Now doesn't allow healthy food go to waste. Instead, the non-profit organization serves to connect the extra food to people and families in need.

"We're working to achieve our mission of ending food waste and hunger as well," said founder and executive director, Brett Meyers.

Nourish Now collects donations of surplus food from area restaurants, caterers and other food providers. Since its inception in 2011, the organization has been able to donate over 135,000 pounds of food to those in need.