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Man gets 5 years for hammer attack at GW Univ.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Friday, a 46-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison for a hammer attack on a George Washington University student in a campus bathroom, says U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.

Mohammed Niazi of the United Kingdom was found guilty in August 2013 of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with significant bodily injury, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

Haunted hotels across the USA

These hotels allegedly have observable poltergeist activity - so prepare for some chills and thrills on your next overnight stay.

The Biltmore Coral Gables, Miami: Originally opened as a playground for the rich in 1926, the Biltmore Coral Gables is not only luxurious and elegant, but is also believed to be quite haunted. The 13th floor served as a speakeasy during Prohibition, when the hotel saw its first premature death: Gangster Thomas "Fatty" Walsh was shot and killed at a crowded party. 

Years later, the U.S. government bought the hotel and converted it into a hospital for World War II soldiers. After being abandoned for several decades, the Biltmore re-opened in the 1980s as a hotel, and ever since then guests have experienced unexplained noises and visions.

Top 10 DC area French restaurants

WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- Do you love French food? Or is it the ambiance that draws you in? 

The experience of dining at a French restaurant can be just as good as the food -- the multiple courses; the relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace, slowness of enjoying a meal bite for bite; the ambiance that's so uniquely Francais, whether the restaurant mimics a French country inn or a Paris bistro.

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There are several restaurants in the district that offer both a delicious menu AND the ambiance of dining in France. The newest French restaurant on the DC dining scene is le Diplomate. Sit under the red awning long enough and you'll imagine you're dining al fresco at a Parisian cafe.

Police called to Sandy Spring's Farm Road

SANDY SPRING, Md (WUSA9) --  Montgomery County's Planning board is refusing to recognize the existence of a century-old road, even after granting African-American landowners addresses to their historic family holdings near the Sandy Spring Slave museum.

The issuing of addresses for at least 8 property owners came in July after a series of reports by WUSA9. These reports exposed allegations that wrongdoing by developers resulted in approvals which wiped out the historic access known as "Farm Road" off state tax maps.

In June, the Montgomery Planning Board and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission came under the scrutiny of Maryland's Legislative Black Caucus, which held an emotional hearing into the land dispute in the wake of WUSA9's reports.

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Body found at Metro station in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A body was found at the Judiciary Square Metro Station today, officials said. 

The body of an male in his 30's was found behind the parapet walls that surrounds the station, officials said.

The 4th street entrance of the Metro is closed. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Metro officials say the Red Line service is not affected and this incident is under investigation.

Police believe this is a natural death. 

GWU sorry for misrepresenting admission policy

WASHINGTON (AP) - George Washington University is apologizing for misrepresenting how it considers financial need in admissions decisions.

The school said until a few days ago that requests for financial aid don't affect admissions decisions. It now says that it considers some applicants' financial need in the final stages of choosing its incoming class. The university issued a statement Tuesday apologizing for not clearly communicating how it factors need into its decisions.

The school's associate provost for enrollment management, Laurie Koehler, says the school first reviews applications without considering financial need. The office does consider need in some cases in a final review, she said. Koehler said the "need-aware" policy affects roughly 10 percent of the 22,000 prospective students who apply each year.

The story was first reported by the school's student newspaper.

Carol Burnett Honored at Kennedy Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9)-- Legendary comedian Carol Burnett was honored Sunday night in Washington.

She received the 16th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The veteran comedian is most notable for her long running CBS skit comedy show the Carol Burnett Show.

Comedians and others celebrity gathered Sunday night for the event which was also a fundraiser at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The broadcast presentation of the awards will air on PBS on November 24, 2013.