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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency to help prepare for Hurricane Earl. The governor's declaration allows additional resources and staff to be positioned ahead of the storm.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) About 200 members of the Virginia National Guard are being sent to Hampton Roads for Hurricane Earl duty. Troops are expected to begin arriving in the area tonight and be ready for duty tomorrow morning.

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) U.S. Army officials say foul play is not suspected in the death of a soldier whose body was found at Fort Belvoir. The Army's criminal investigation command says the soldier was reported missing about 10 a.m. Monday.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Electronic cigarettes that look like the real thing and but don't contain tobacco are gaining steam despite calls for a ban of the battery-powered devices. E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that users inhale.

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    'The End of the Tour' Offers A Hint Of David Foster Wallace's Inner Struggle

    A new film revisits a five-day interview that took place between writer David Foster Wallace and a reporter for Rolling Stone in 1996. Critic David Edelstein calls it a "very good movie."
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    Coffee Art: When A Spill Turns Into A Masterpiece

    Ever splashed yourself with coffee? Then you know its staining powers. But where some see a ruined shirt, others have found a canvas.
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    Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

    On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.
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    Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

    It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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