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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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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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