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D.C. Drops Proposed 24-Hour Waiting Period For Tattoos And Piercings

The District has formally dropped a controversial proposal for a 24-hour waiting period for anyone who wants to get a piercing or tattoo.
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McDonnell Corruption Trial Begins Monday

It's a first for the Commonwealth of Virginia on Monday, as Bob McDonnell becomes the first governor of Old Dominion to face potential jail time.

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Researchers Explore Factors Contributing To Beach Injuries

What factors contribute to injuries at the beach? Researchers at the University of Delaware are looking into surf-zone injuries and comparing them to the conditions on the coast.

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Virginia Uber Driver Arrested For Second-Degree Sexual Assault

Detectives have arrested a 31-year-old Alexandria man who has been charged with second-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching a woman after picking her up using Uber.

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When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.
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Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.
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Cardin Likens Voting Ban For Felons To Jim Crow Laws

Lawmakers say a bill granting the vote to felons who have served their time is intended to address a racial divide in voter eligibility.

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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, July 28

You can see two solo exhibits featuring work that speaks in metaphor.
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Handmade Signs From Homeless People Lead To Art, Understanding

Artist Willie Baronet is on a 24-city, 31-day trek across the country this month, buying handmade signs from homeless people. He says the project has changed the way he views homelessness.
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Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival

To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
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Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers

Central American coffee farmers are facing off against a deadly fungus that has wiped out thousands of acres of crops. Coffee companies like Starbucks are pooling money to support them in the fight.