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McLEAN, Va., (AP) Contractors working on a Metrorail extension in Virginia plan to conduct testing that may sound like a small explosion. Contractors working on the Dulles Metrorail Project are planning to test the structural integrity of a support pillar early this afternoon, weather permitting.

SMITHFIELD, Va. (AP) Smithfield Foods says it will lay off fewer than 30 workers when it closes a Virginia plant this spring. That's a fraction of the 340 it projected when the company announced the move last year.

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