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Justice Dept. Exempts Rappahannock County From Requirements Of Federal Voting Rights Act

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires states and localities with a history of racial discrimination in elections to obtain Justice Department approval of any changes in voting qualifications and election practices.

Virginia and its political subdivisions have been subject to the pre-clearance requirements.?? However, the law allows covered jurisdictions to seek an exemption if they can demonstrate a 10-year record of nondiscrimination in voting-related actions.

The Justice Department found that Rappahannock, its school district and the Town of Washington qualify for the bailout. But a consent decree still must be approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
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Obama's Favorite County — At Least When It Comes To Giving Speeches

The president has visited Prince George's County, Md., four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African-American majority. It also happens to be very close to the White House.
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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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