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Betty White to become wax figure at Madame Tussauds in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) --  Actress and animal lover Betty White will get her own wax figure at Madame Tussauds this week.

Tuesday morning, her figure will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds D.C. at 1001 F Street, NW by Washington Humane Society CEO Lisa LaFontaine. WHS will have its mobile adoption center, 'Adopt Force One', outside the attraction.

Betty White is best known for playing Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls. She now plays as Elka Ostrovsky on Hot in Cleveland. That role won her two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

White has also won six Emmy Awards and is the only woman to have won an Emmy in all performing comedic categories.



Man dies after setting himself on fire in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The man that set himself on fire at the National Mall today has died, according to DC Police.

Police say the man had such extensive burns that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records.

The incident happened around the area of 7th and Jefferson Drive on Friday. Witnesses said he poured a can of gasoline on himself and set himself on fire. Joggers going by took off their shirts to try to put the fire out, the Associated Press reported.

The man was 'conscious and breathing' when he was transported to the hospital in critical condition after officials extinguished the fire, officials said. 

Metro police looking for person of interest in robbery

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Metro Transit Police are looking for a male in connection with a robbery at Gallery Place Metro station that occurred last Thursday. Police say the robbery happened at approximately 10:15 a.m.

MTPD released surveillance photos of the suspect on Monday. You can see them attached to this article.

If you recognize the person in these photos, then please call MTPD at 202-962-2121 and refer to case #2013-46263.


VIDEO: 3 suspects sought in DC armed robbery

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- DC Police have released the surveillance video below in hopes of obtaining leads about the suspects of an armed robbery. 

According to police, three men robbed an individual while armed with a taser in the 1300 block of 12th Street, NW, on Sept. 23 at about 3:40 a.m.

DC Police described the suspects in a release as:

  • A black male, approximately 30 years old, 6'0" in height, 180 pounds, with a full beard. He was armed with a taser.
  • The second subject is described as a black male, approximately 22 years of age, 5'6" in height, 180 pounds. 
  • The third subject is described as a black male with no further details.

If you have any information about  this case contact police at (202) 727-9099.

Mayor says no shutdown

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Like every federal department head, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, his plan for providing essential services should the Congress force a shut down of the government at the end of the month.

In a surprise move Gray said he is declaring all 30,000 city employees "essential workers" meaning, the Mayor plans to keep them all on the job.

It would be a first, perhaps also a dig at the Congress which maintains authority over D.C. spending, which gets interrupted every time there is a political squabble on Capitol Hill.

D.C. leaders are unanimous in the move to take on the Congress. The DC Council on Tuesday is expected to give unanimous approval to making all city workers "essential". In the past that reference has been left to police, fire, school personnel and a few other categories.

Jan Jeffcoat makes her WUSA9 debut at 11 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- You told us you wanted something different, something fast and something that spoke to you, the viewer. We listened. 

On Sunday night, WUSA9 debuted its new anchor, Jan Jeffcoat, and its new 11 p.m. show format, which reflects more viewer-friendly segments. 

We at WUSA9 are always listening to your questions and comments on www.TellWUSA9.com as well. Click the link and tell us what you think about all the hottest topics in today's news, entertainment, weather and local sports. 

WUSA9 to try drone camera

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Phantom is one of a handful of radio controlled rotor aircraft designed to act as miniature flying camera platforms.

WUSA has experimented, with limited success, other popular models. One model we tried flew well as long as there was no wind-but the method for downloading the video was not simple enough for our workflow-which always requires speed, reliability and ease of use.

The Phantom is a quad motor, rotor type aircraft that has a GoPro camera slung underneath for shooting video and still pictures. The GoPro is usually tough and reliable so it makes a nice choice for shooting aerial footage this way.