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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) A Charlottesville man will spend nine-and-a-half years in a federal prison for hiring a man to kill his wife. A federal prosecutor says says Patrick Scott Shemorry's actions were "meticulous and chilling."

BRISTOL, Va. (AP) Universal Fibers Systems is planning a $13 million expansion of its Bristol facility that's expected to create 84 jobs. Gov. Kaine announced the expansion today. Universal Fibers' headquarters is in Washington County.

WOODBRIDGE, Va. (AP) Prince William County Police say a community college student was aiming for his professor when he fired a rifle in a classroom full of students. Twenty-year-old Northern Virginia Community College student Jason Hamilton was arraigned today on charges of attempted murder and discharging a firearm in a school zone. He is being held without bond.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) The president of bankrupt Peanut Corporation of America and three former managers are each seeking a piece of a $1 million corporate insurance policy for legal costs stemming from a salmonella outbreak. The nationwide outbreak sickened about 700 people and has been linked to at least nine deaths.

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Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

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5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
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The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

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The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

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