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Capitals Begin Stanley Cup Playoff Action

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Spirits are high and fans will be out in force as the top-seeded Capitals host the New York Rangers for game one of their first-round series.

The Caps won 16 of their last 20 games in the regular season to wind up atop the NHL's Eastern Conference. The Rangers are seeded eighth.

The Capitals are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's round one -- they were the number-one seed then too but blew a 3-1 series lead and were bounced in game seven by the Montreal Canadiens. Analysts say defense and strong goaltending will be keys for the Caps this time around.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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