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WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court is refusing to block Virginia from executing Larry Bill Elliott, who is set to die Tuesday in the state's electric chair. Elliott would be the first person to die of electrocution in the United States this year and in Virginia since 2006.

WASHINGTON (AP) The American Red Cross is selling off decades worth of treasures to save money and help erase a big deficit. The donated items being auctioned off include a 23-inch wax doll with her own Tiffany jewelry, a rare four-faced Cartier clock lamp and nurse uniforms from World War I.

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How The Smithsonian Is Building Its New, Sweeping Collection Of Black American Music

“I think it really smashes a lot of ideas about what the Smithsonian does and what it’s supposed to do,” one curator says of the African-American Museum’s growing collection.

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Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

Panera on Tuesday announced it is dropping artificial colors, preservatives and additives from many menu items. Nestle, Hershey and Kraft are also eliminating or cutting back on additives.
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What's An Official Act? Former Virginia Attorneys General Weigh In On McDonnell Case

As the former Virginia governor awaits his appeal on corruption charges, former attorneys general for the commonwealth have filed an amicus brief saying that the jury instructions' definition of "official acts" went far beyond court precedents.

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Silicon Valley Remembers Dave Goldberg, Who Died Unexpectedly

The CEO of SurveyMonkey was known for his generosity toward colleagues and for supporting the career of his wife, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. He died while vacationing with his family in Mexico.

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