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    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) A federal judge in Norfolk has declared a mistral in the case of two former Blackwater workers accused of murdering two unarmed Afghan civilians and wounding a third man in Kabul. The judge set a new trial date for March 1.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Virginia is holding its fourth annual tax holiday on energy-efficient products. Gov. Bob McDonnell says the tax holiday will run from Oct. 8 until Oct. 11, giving residential consumers time to buy such energy-efficient appliances like dishwaters and washing machines.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A conservation-minded group has donated about 150 acres along the James River to Virginia Commonwealth University to help expand the school's biological field station. The area includes critical bald-eagle nesting areas and habitat for many plants and animals.

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    WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

    Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
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    Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

    A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.
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    McDonnell Corruption Trial: Defense Zeroes In On Star Witness' Credibility

    Defense attorney William Burck is focusing on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators as well as his stock dealings.
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    Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

    A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

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