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Virginia Guard Members Deploy To Afghanistan

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The soldiers will serve as part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Force, with the mission of helping keep crews safe as they work in potentially dangerous areas to rebuild Afghanistan's infrastructure and to help with agriculture projects and well drilling among other tasks.

The platoon is from the 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery, 116th Brigade Combat Team, based in Hampton, Va. The soldiers are scheduled to travel to Indiana Monday, where they'll undergo final mobilization training.

Their overall active-duty deployment is expected to last about a year.

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'It's A Surviving Tool': 'Native' Tells Satirical Stories Of Life In Israel

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to author Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-Palestinian whose satirical weekly columns in Haaretz newspaper are collected in his new book called Native.
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What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.
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#MemeoftheWeek: What Would Honest Abe Really Think Of Politics Today?

#ThingsLincolnDidntSay brought the 16th president back to Twitter on his birthday to weigh in on the current presidential race. But in reality, he might actually feel at home.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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