Gang Members Arrested in Beating of Young Girl at Kensington Home; Weather Results in Potholes

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MS-13 members accused of beating teenage girl in Kensington

Three members of the gang MS-13 have been charged with beating a teenage girl in a Kensington home. The three men were among a group that used a baseball bat to beat the 15-year-old girl, who worked as a prostitute for the gang, according to court documents. The men were arrested and charged Jan. 29 with first-degree assault, child abuse and gang activity. [WTOP]

Crazy weather has spawned large potholes, officials say

Maryland drivers are having to steer around particularly bad potholes this winter because of the drastic fluctuations in temperature. The area has seen significant temperature swings in the first few weeks of 2018. State officials say this type of erratic weather causes the freeze-thaw effect that gives rise to potholes. "It's a crazy year this year. It's a mess," Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the State Highway Administration, said. [Baltimore Sun] 

Silver Spring-based biotech settles litigation

United Therapeutics, a biotech based in Silver Spring, has settled litigation with the company Actavis Laboratories FL Inc. Under the settlement, Actavis will be able to market a generic version of Orenitram, one of United Therapeutics' hypertension drugs. The stock prices for United Therapeutics were largely unchanged after the agreement was announced. [Washington Business Journal]

Drizzly, warm Presidents' Day in the forecast

The area could see rain on Monday morning, giving way to cloudy weather in the afternoon. Highs are expected to reach the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service. Overnight skies will remain cloudy.

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