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STERLING, Va. (AP) Customs and Border Protection says a drug-sniffing dog found 21 pounds of marijuana hidden in packages of chocolate shipped to Washington-Dulles International Airport. The marijuana was headed to New York. It has an estimated street value of nearly $17,000.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) John Hall has been named director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's field office in Richmond. His appointment was announced today.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Drenching rain has prompted Virginia to close seven rivers and creeks in Hampton Roads to shellfish harvesting. The Virginia Department of Health said yesterday the emergency closure includes the Pagan, Nansemond, Back, Poquoson and Lynnhaven rivers, and Chuckatuck Creek.

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