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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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    Spending on the Kentucky Senate race might reach $100 million. So what else could that get you in the Bluegrass State? NPR's Tamara Keith finds out when she calls up some local business owners.
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    Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums

    Bypassing commercial sperm banks, thousands are logging on to websites where women can connect with men at no cost. Anecdotes abound, but the scope of the unregulated activity is unclear.

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