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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The House's top Republican budget writer says Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's bid to end tax breaks to help balance an underfunded budget are dead on arrival. Delegate Kirk Cox told journalists Tuesday that rolling back the breaks are tantamount to a tax increase.

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) The finalists for The College of William + Mary's new mascot include mythical creatures and royalty. The five finalists announced Tuesday are a griffin, king and queen, phoenix, pug and wren. The deadline for submitting the survey is Jan. 7.

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After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.
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Concerns Over Russia's Growing Military Presence In Syria

Russia is sending what it calls "volunteer" troops to Syria, and its airstrikes have targeted CIA-backed rebels. We look at Russia's support of the Assad regime and escalating concerns over a possible U.S.-Russia proxy war in Syria.

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Searching For Solutions To World Water Scarcity

Experts are increasingly sounding the alarm about water shortages around the world. But, they say, there is room for hope. A conversation about the search for solutions to global water scarcity.

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