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National Spelling Bee to offer wild cards; expand field

FILE - In this May 28, 2015, file photo, Siyona Mishra, 11, of Orlando, Fla. gestures while trying to spell "hacek" during the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has announced a rule change that could result in the field of spellers nearly doubling, from fewer than 300 to more than 500. Previously, spellers had to win their regional bee to make it to nationals. For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando in 2015, 2016 and this year. But there was only room at the Scripps National Spelling Bee for one of them. Siyona finished eighth overall at nationals in 2015, but last year, she lost the regional bee to Dhyana _ the two are not related _ and had no way to return. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

WASHINGTON — For three years running, Siyona Mishra and Dhyana Mishra faced off amid some of the highest stakes in competitive spelling. They outlasted the rest of the field at the regional spelling bee in Orlando, Florida. But there was ...

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Md. water pipe could return to use this weekend

OXON HILL — Water officials in Maryland say they hope to put a major water pipe back into service this weekend after repairs. Work on the pipe has meant that hundreds of thousands of people in southern Prince George’s County ...

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Md. communities stock up on water for pipe repair

OXON HILL — Several southern Prince George’s County communities — including Joint Base Andrews and National Harbor — are being urged to stock up on water ahead of a pipeline repair will leave them without water for days just as ...

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