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Snails on a Plane at Dulles International Airport

This past Labor Day weekend, a traveler coming in from Ghana attempted to bring over a dozen Giant African Land Snails into the states. U.S. Customs agents see a vast array of unusual items coming through Dulles International Airport, but snails are up there on the list of out of the ordinary items. These snails could also have been devastating to American crops; these particular snails are one of the most invasive species and can cause a great deal of damage to crops.

These are not your average snails! Each Giant African Snail is about the size of a young child's balled-up fist, reproduces rapidly, and can grow to nearly 8 inches long and 4 inches wide. Customs had to dispose of the snails because they are illegal in the United States. The traveler was not fined because he declared the slimy creatures.

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Sterling National Weather Services Tracking Earl

STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- Hundreds of miles from the eye of the storm, meteorologists at the National Weather Service offices in Northern Virginia kept a close eye on Hurricane Earl. However, with the storm just giving the Delmarva a brush, the offices stayed fairly low-key Friday morning.

Meteorologist Chris Strong with the National Weather Service said the hurricane will be a "non-issue" for the immediate Washington area. He said after the morning clouds with the chance of a few sprinkles, it will turn into a sunny and warm day.

WUSA's Angie Goff shares how she's trying to stay fit during pregnancy

STERLING, VA (WUSA) Peggy Fox is following WUSA's Angie Goff's pregnancy and today they're talking fat and how to avoid gaining too much of it.

MEET MORE MOMS: Oh My Baby on Momslikeme

Angie has turned to Kathy Corbey's Mommy Bootcamp in Northern Virginia. Kathy explains why it's important for moms-to-be to stay active and continue to strengthen their upper bodies and even abs.

EXTRA: How to motivate when you feel too tired or nauseous

 

 

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WashDCHotels Partners With Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, VA to Offer Incredible Shop

STERLING, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- WashDCHotels.com has partnered with Simon Malls & Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets to offer amazing shopping packages in Loudoun County, VA to both tourists and locals, alike.  "The shopping package was created to showcase our commitment to offering value and service to our guests," says Kathryn Berkhimer, the Senior Interactive Marketing Manager for WashDCHotels.com.

Loudoun County Sheriff: Missing 8-Year-Old Boy Found

STERLING, Va. (WUSA) - The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said the missing 8-year-old boy from Sterling, Va., has been found.

Authorities said Ashton Labosette was last seen at approximately 1 p.m., in the area of Sanderson Drive in Sterling.

He was located shortly before 6 p.m., unharmed.

Middle Eastern Dance Workshop Tonight

On Tuesday, August 24, there will be yet another Middle Eastern Dance Workshop at the Sterling Senior Center from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The center is located at 21060 Whitfield Place in Sterling, VA. Tonight the dance will be the “Raqs Assaya,” a folkloric dance from Egypt. Ages 13 and up are welcome to come and the price is $35 for the two hour workshop.

The class will teach balance, coordination and control and the basic concepts and maneuvers of the dance. You will move towards more challenging combinations and learn how to capture the flavor of the dance!