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Four killed in D.C. drive-by

WASHINGTON — A crowd sprayed with bullets in a drive-by that killed four and wounded five had just returned from the funeral of a man slain nearby and a 20-year-old is suspected in both shootings, authorities said Wednesday.

Two men and a 14-year-old boy police said was driving the minivan from which the bullets were fired were charged with first-degree murder in Tuesday night's shooting, the worst in D.C. in at least 16 years.

One of the suspects, Orlando Carter, also has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Jordan Howe. Court documents say Howe was killed nine days earlier over a missing gold-colored bracelet.

On Tuesday, the minivan pulled up to the group of 15 to 20 people in front of an apartment building and stopped briefly. Shots were fired, and the van sped off, police said. Police recovered shell casings from an AK-47 and other weapons.

Texas senator to finish rest of her term

AUSTIN — Nearly four weeks after losing her bid to unseat Texas Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison abandoned plans Wednesday to resign from the Senate, saying she intends to serve the remainder of her term to fight the growth of the federal government.

Hutchison's pledge to serve out the two-plus years in her term contrasted with her earlier promises to give up her Senate seat regardless of the outcome of her race against Perry in the March 2 Republican gubernatorial primary.

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