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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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Peruvians Love Their Chicha Street Art. The Government ... Not So Much

Walk down a street in Peru and you'll likely see an example of the glow-in-the-dark posters and murals. Lots of people love them. But the upper crust — and the government — aren't impressed.
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Tea-Infused Sweets: Chocolate + Jasmine Tea Is A Match Made In Heaven

Smoky and floral brews can provide a kick of flavor to desserts, especially when blended with chocolate. Pastry chef Naomi Gallego shows us a few tricks for surprising the palate with tea.
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America's First Ladies

They walk a tricky line: closest adviser to the President of the United States and hostess in chief. A new book examines the evolution of the role of first lady of the United States.

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E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.

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