5 things you need to know Wednesday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Here are five things you need to know on Wednesday, August 6:

1. AMBER ALERT: Child abducted in Va.

An Amber Alert was issued for a child abducted in the Commonwealth of Virginia, officials said. Tommy Lee Able Engle, 3, of Critz, Va. was abducted by his father, Tommy Lee Travis Engle, police said. FULL STORY

2. Yellow Alert Wednesday for PM Showers & T-storms

We have declared Wednesday a Yellow Alert Day for scattered showers & thunderstorms which could affect the afternoon and evening commute. Time frame: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m. Drier and cooler Thursday and Friday. FORECAST

3. Afghan soldier kills US General from Falls Church

An American major general was shot to death Tuesday in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the long Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops. FULL STORY

4. Marion Barry pays outstanding traffic tickets

Former District of Columbia mayor Marion Barry has paid his outstanding traffic tickets after accumulating more than $2,800 in fines over the past two and a half years. READ MORE

5. Rabbis call on President to help free Md. man in Cuba

The fight to free a Maryland man imprisoned in Cuba gets some big support from hundreds of rabbis from around the nation—including some right here in Maryland. FULL STORY


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