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Truck protest still on for Friday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Thousands of truckers are still promising to ring the Beltway Friday in a kind of general strike against the government.

It's hard to know how many will actually show up. Virginia State Police say they are monitoring the situation. But that as long as the truckers obey the law, they won't intervene.
 
The truckers say they'll gather at the Doswell Truck Stop Friday morning at seven and then head north.

One guy told US News they had blockade the Beltway, even head up Constitution Avenue and try and handcuff some members of Congress -- although he now says that was just a ploy to gain attention from the mainstream media.

On YouTube, organizers are promising massive disruption starting Friday and running through the weekend. "We got a load of crap riding around America that ain't worth hauling and it's time we shut it down," says an unidentified protestor.

Truckers plan 3-day slowdown on D.C. Beltway

Brace yourselves, Washington, D.C., drivers. Angry truckers are coming to town Friday as part of a three-day protest to "shut down America" and "restore our Constitutional Republic."

NFL may force teams to do 'Hard Knocks' on HBO

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The NFL is trying to spread ''Hard Knocks'' around.

At their fall meetings Tuesday, owners approved a measure that allows the league to choose which team will be the focus of the documentary-style show if no club volunteers.

Certain teams would be exempt from being forced to participate in the filming:

- those with new coaches;

- those that reached the playoffs in one of the previous two seasons;

- those that appeared on ''Hard Knocks'' within the preceding 10 years.

So far, only seven of the 32 NFL teams have been on the series, which airs on HBO: Dallas Cowboys (twice), Cincinnati Bengals (twice), New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Kansas City Chiefs.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Happy National Taco Day!

(WUSA9) -- Happy National Taco Day!

Who doesn't love a delicious taco?

Take a look at this photo gallery, courtesy of Yelp, of the top 20 places to get tacos in the District (according to Yelp).

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Gas leak closes roads in NW DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Fire is investigating a gas leak in Northwest, D.C.

It happened in the area of 20th and New Hampshire Avenue.

New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street are currently closed between N and O Streets NW for investigation.

Washington Gas is also investigating.

We hope to have more information soon.

WUSA9 Soapbox: Viewers sound off on shutdown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The latest CNN poll finds 68% of Americans think even a short government shutdown is a bad idea. 

Click the video to hear how Washingtonians are reacting on our WUSA9 Soapbox.

 

10 Best DC Restaurants

(WUSA9) -- Small plates and international fare are on the menu at many D.C. restaurants. 

Take a look at these photos of 10Best's top 10 D.C. restaurants. 

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(Photos from 10Best.com)