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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Amtrak says its Lynchburg route has far exceeded its annual performance targets for its first full year of operation. Since Oct. 1, 2009, the route has provided a daily ride as far north as Boston from Lynchburg.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Federal regulators are scheduled to take testimony today on a proposal to require coal mine operators to do more to control explosive dust. The hearing in Charleston, W.Va., is the fourth planned by the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

COLONIAL BEACH, Va. (AP) Colonial Beach's mayor says the Town Council's offer to give him an office in a vacant building is an insult. The council evicted Mayor Frederick Rummage from Town Hall in April 2009 and prohibited him from making uninvited visits to employees' private offices there. Now council members say they will reconsider the eviction if he requests a place to meet with residents and visitors.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) The Internal Revenue Service says it has $2.3 million in unclaimed federal tax refunds that it wants to return to Virginians. The IRS says it was unable to deliver refund checks to 2,239 taxpayers because of mailing-address errors.

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No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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