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DAYBREAK DAILY: Prince George's County graduation rates decline, woman abandons baby on subway platform

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly Cloudy, Breezy. Hot and Humid. Highs into the 90s. http://wj.la/1ivsSwP

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports –A building fire in Silver Spring has damaged a building and blocked some travel lanes; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

CRUMBS CLOSING: Crumbs says it is shuttering all its stores, a week after the struggling cupcake shop operator was delisted from the Nasdaq.

The New York City-based company said all employees were notified of the closures Monday. A representative for Crumbs could not immediately say how many workers were affected or how many stores it had remaining on its last day. http://wj.la/U0zvLT

REDSKINS BLOGGER RESIGNS: Less than two weeks after being hired by the Washington Redskins, political blogger Ben Tribbett has announced plans to resign.

Tribbett, 34, who was hired by the Redskins to help the team in its fight over its controversial name. He announced his decision to resign on his Twitter account on Monday. http://wj.la/1zmg7cX

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY GRADUATION RATES DECLINE: As most school districts across the Washington region and the nation experienced rising high school graduation rates during the past decade — including the highest national graduation rate in history — Prince George’s County continued to lag behind in its effort to get students a diploma, moving against the national trend.

The graduation rate in Prince George’s inched up slightly from 2012 to 2013. But the percentage of students who graduated on time in 2013 — 74.1 percent — was lower than the 76.2 percent rate 2010, leaving the county 10 percentage points behind the Maryland statewide average. In 2012, average U.S. graduation rates rose to 80 percent, a high-water mark. Graduation rates for 2014 are not available. http://wapo.st/1vVGjqd

ABANDONED SUBWAY BABY: Police in New York City say they have in custody the woman who allegedly abandoned her baby girl at a Manhattan subway station. Police are questioning the woman, but no charges have yet been filed. Authorities say the woman pushed the baby's stroller onto the platform when the northbound No. 1 train arrived at the Columbus Circle station and got onto the train, leaving the child behind. The baby is 6 to 7 months old and is in the custody of children's services. http://bit.ly/1qR82dP

TYPHOON IN JAPAN: A powerful typhoon pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, paralyzing transport and prompting U.S. forces based there to cancel all outdoor activity.

The Okinawan government said 10 people were injured, one seriously. Separately, a man was reported missing from a fishing boat in rough seas off Kyushu island, to the north.

One of the strongest and biggest typhoons to hit during Japan's summer months, Typhoon Neoguri was packing sustained winds of 194 kilometers (120 miles) per hour and gusts up to 240 kph (148 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Local airports were closed and about 593,000 people were advised to evacuate their homes, though most remained put, taking refuge from the destructive winds, waves up to 14 meters (46 feet) high and storm surges that were set to intensify as the storm passed the main island of Okinawa in the evening.

More than half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based in Okinawa, the location of several bases, including Kadena, the biggest U.S. air base in Asia. An advisory on its website said the storm was at a level for which all outdoor activity was prohibited. http://abcn.ws/VUQaC9

AFGHANISTAN LATEST: Afghan Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah says he received calls from President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after he refused to accept the preliminary result of the vote citing fraud.

Abdullah told thousands of supporters at a gathering in Kabul Tuesday that Kerry will be flying to the Afghan capital this Friday for meetings to defuse the crisis.

State Department officials accompanying Kerry in Beijing declined to comment on his travel plans.

He told his supporters the results of the election were fraudulent but asked them to give him a few more days to negotiate.

Abdullah says he will never "accept a fraudulent government."

Preliminary results announced Monday showed that Ghani had about 4.5 million votes, or 56 percent, while Abdullah had 3.5 million votes, or 44 percent, according to the commission. Turnout was more than 50 percent. http://abcn.ws/1oDPaf1

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: The Washington Nationals fell 8-2 to the Baltimore Orioles Monday night. http://wj.la/1rps9gt

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: It appears the nearly 50,000 users who signed an online petition demanding that Facebook ban 19-year-old Texas Tech University cheerleader Kendall Jones from the social media site may have been gotten through to the company. Photos of Jones posing with exotic, big game animals she had killed or tranquilized while on safari in Africa have been deleted from Facebook. http://wj.la/1srnURS

NEWSTALK: Among Tuesday’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are: Politico’s Dan Berman, who will discuss Speaker John Boehner's threat to "sue" President Obama; Washingtonian's Harry Jaffe discusses Muriel Bowser turning down a debate invitation in her ward while basking in the endorsement of former mayor Anthony Williams; Coach and commentator Richard Broad will talk about the U.S. interest in the World Cup and whether it will translate into renewed interest in soccer once the tournament is over.

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