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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- We are always on the lookout for consumer news, recalls and alerts that are important to you.

But, we aim to more than that, so we've formed an exciting new partnership that is all about helping you.

And, if you've got consumer problems, contact our WUSA 9 Call For Action team.

You can file a complaint online 24 hours a day on our website, wusa9.com, just click on the Call For Action link.

Or you can call our hotline at 301-652-HELP (4357).

Ashley Judd not running for Senate

Ashley Judd will not be running to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the actress announced Wednesday on Twitter.

In a series of posts on the social media website, Judd wrote: "After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities & energy at this time need to be focused on my family. Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate.

"I have spoken to so many Kentuckians over these last few months who expressed their desire for a fighter for the people & new leader. While that won't be me at this time, I will continue to work... as hard as I can to ensure the needs of Kentucky families are met by returning this Senate seat to whom it rightfully belongs: the people & their needs, dreams, and great potential. Thanks for even considering me as that person & know how much I love our Commonwealth."

Animals at the National Zoo Enjoying the Snow

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Want to see a giant Panda enjoying the snow this morning?

Check out the photos sent by the Smithsonian National Zoo which show some of the animals enjoying the snow this morning. 

*If you are on our iPad App, click the Video button to view this gallery.

Gunman with possible link to Colo. shooting dies

(USA  TODAY) -- A Colorado man, who may be linked to the slaying of Colorado's state prison chief, has died from gunshot wounds received in a shootout with Texas police officers, law enforcement officials said Friday.

Wise County sheriff David Walker identified the gunman as Evan Spencer Ebel, a 28-year-old ex-convict with ties to white supremacist groups in Colorado prisons.

Ebel was gravely wounded by police after a harrowing 100-mph car chase and exchange of gunfire with officers about 50 miles northwest of Dallas.

James Boyd, a sheriff's deputy in Montague County who had tried to stop Ebel's vehicle in a routine drug interdiction operation, was hit twice in the chest, but was wearing a bulletproof vest. He remained in a Fort Worth hospital Friday in unknown condition.

Ebel, who was shot in the forehead, was transferred to a Fort Worth hospital and declared dead Thursday afternoon.

Starvation endangers sea lions in Southern California

(CBS News ) LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - In California, young sea lions are in danger of starving to death and it is not clear why.

"I'm going on a rescue right now," said Peter Wallerstein talking on his cell phone while in his truck. "'I've already rescued two sea lions."

Wallerstein can barely keep up with the distress calls. His sea mammal rescue operation has already saved 240 California sea lion pups this year.

On average, about a hundred sea lions are rescued in Southern California during the winter. But 700 have been picked up over the last three months. It is unclear why the sea lions are starving. / CBS News
"Not much energy left in this guy," he said about one particular sea lion. Almost all were dying from starvation.

"We found them seven miles up the flood control channel, found them under a car, and we don't really know why," he said.

DC Soul Food Icon, KFC Among Sanitation Closures

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) - Whether you love soul food, smoothies, barbecue, Chinese, or famous fried chicken, this week's WUSA9 Food Alert includes sanitation violations that are not only risky to your health - but they're at places you may know.

Sanitation closures include Florida Ave. Grill in the U. St. Corridor, KFC in Gaithersburg, Smoothie King in Adams Morgan, Lucky Carryout on Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and Adama Restaurant in Bladesnburg.

Click here to search inspection histories at restaurants in DC, Virginia, and Montgomery County:
http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/243493/373/Search-Violations-At-Your-Favorite-Restaurant-Online

In the U Street corridor inspectors closed soul food icon Florida Avenue Grill.

Woman Dies In DC Hit And Run; Suspect Arrested

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA9) -- DC Police say they've made an arrest following a deadly hit and run in the 1100 block of Florida ave, NE, DC.

According to investigators a 60-year-old woman was trying to cross the intersection on that street when she was hit by a silver Mercury SUV. 

Police say the unidentified driver took off and was later found on Elliott st. NE where he was arrested.

The woman, whose name has not been made public was taken to a nearby hospital were she was pronounced dead.

Neighbors in the area say cars usually speed through there.

Jesse Lifer who lives on the block where it happened said , "you get a lot of speed, this whole area Florida avenue, K street is full of people moving really quickly."

Neighbors say the woman may have been leaving a nearby church just before she was run over.

DC Police investigators remained at the scene of the hit and run as of late Thursday night.