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Protections For Same-Sex Adoption Rejected By Va. Board

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Currently, only married couples and single men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, can adopt in Virginia. But the state doesn't allow unmarried couples to adopt.

The regulations would have prohibited adoption agencies from discriminating against prospective parents simply because they're gay. The Social Services Board voted to strip that protection from the proposed regulations.

The vote came despite objections from some board members who say they didn't have enough time to examine the issue after the Department of Social Services removed the provision last week.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says the board lacks the authority to prohibit discrimination in adoptions based on sexual orientation.

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

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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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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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