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Virginia Redistricting: Assembly Returns After Recess To Try Again

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The legislators will have to figure out who will divvy up the state's voting districts: the General Assembly or the courts.

Governor Bob McDonnell rejected the plan the Assembly sent earlier this month, saying the proposal -- which was endorsed by the Democratically controlled Senate -- produced rambling, serpentine configurations and sliced up too many communities.

At first, Senate Majority Leader Richard Saslaw said the Senate would not "change one period or one comma" of the plan. Later, after reportedly speaking with the governor, Saslaw adjusted the tone saying, "There are some things the governor recommended we can do, and there are some things we can't," according to the AP.

One senior policy adviser to McDonnell has suggested Saslaw's compromise is a good first step to avoid a legislative stonewall which could put the courts in charge of the process.

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Ricky Gervais On Controversial Jokes, Celebrities And 'Special Correspondents'

"I didn't go out there to ruin everyone's day or undermine the moral fabric of America. I was making jokes." Gervais talked with NPR's Rachel Martin about his new movie and how he approaches humor.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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Iran Parliamentary Election: Moderates, Reformists Make Gains, Fall Short Of Majority

Supporters of President Hassan Rouhani fell short of a clear majority despite receiving the most votes. Analysts say the coming period will be combative, with many big issues decided by independents.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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