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Sixth Grade Females in VA and D.C. Required to Get HPV Shot

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As thousands of students across the region head back to school, some sixth grade girls are facing a new mandate. Schools in Virginia and D.C. are requiring that they get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus.

Federal health officials recommended three years ago that the vaccine be given to all 11 and 12 year old girls. About two dozen states considered requiring the vaccine but they balked because of concerns about funding, and because some parents believed it would promote promiscuity. The District of Columbia and Virginia allow parents to opt out of the requirement for any reason. Both jurisdictions passed laws in 2007, but pushed back the start dates to this year.

Bill Redlin reports...

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'We're Mostly Republicans': New Hampshire Voters Explained By 'Our Town'

After NPR's Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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