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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A circuit court has scheduled a May 20 execution for Darick Walker, the death row inmate condemned for killing two Richmond area men in the late 90s. Virginia law allows for the death penalty for anyone who commits two premeditated murders within three years.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) The Food and Drug Administration is taking up the effects of menthol cirgarettes in hearings opening Tuesday. The U.S. agency isn't expected to impose an outright ban on menthol cigarettes but has raised questions about their effect on children and ethnic groups.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) A new report says Virginia Beach ranks as one of the top U.S. places at risk from any hurricane-related storm surge. But the National Weather Service says a hurricane would have to take an unusual track to make direct landfall on Virginia's southeast shoreline.

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At 81, Disney's First African-American Animator Is Still In The Studio

First hired in the 1950s, Floyd Norman is still drawing. "Creative people don't hang it up," he says. "We don't walk away, we don't want to sit in a lawn chair. ... We want to continue to work. "
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America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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