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Fairfax Rescue Team Heads to Japan

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Fairfax County is sending a 72-member team in conjunction with efforts coordinated by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The team is frequently called on to assist following international disasters.

Last year Fairfax team members conducted 16 successful rescues in Haiti following the Earthquake there.

Spokesman Dan Schmidt says the team will have six dogs, three doctors and 31 tons of equipment, including -- for the first time -- four inflatable boats to help with the rescue in the aftermath of the tsunami.

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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

California lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime if they work more than eight hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.
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Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.
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Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

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