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Jury Gets Its Chance In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen enters its sixth week this week — but with final arguments in the bag, it is now up to the jury to decide a verdict on 14 counts.

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Ocean City Moves Forward With Partial Smoking Ban

Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, voted to restrict smoking to designated areas on its beach and boardwalk starting next summer, but the council is not ready to ban smoking entirely in the resort.

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Three Cases Of Whooping Cough Identified In Montgomery County Schools

Dozens of Montgomery County children were exposed to whooping cough at a summer camp, leading to at least three confirmed cases.

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It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time

An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this midterm election cycle, that's not quite right.
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A Political Family, Funding And Running On Both Sides Of The Aisle

The wealthy Ricketts family includes conservatives and a liberal, activists and a candidate. Between them, they raise and spend a lot of political money — and exemplify how the system has changed.
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Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedily defeated in a June primary.
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Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."
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Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Sept. 2

You can see a selection of Chinese films or meditate on the meaning of the word “axis” at an art exhibition.

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Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.
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The Salmon Cannon: Easier Than Shooting Fish Out Of A Barrel

Alarmed by the rapid decline of wild salmon populations, a company has invented a novel way to help migratory fish over blocked rivers. It uses air pressure to fire them out of a cannon.
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Group Sues To Stop Purple Line On Behalf Of Shrimp-Like Species

The Friends of the Capital Crescent Trail are moving forward with a lawsuit to halt the Purple Line in order to protect several endangered species of amphipod — a tiny freshwater invertebrate native to the area.