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Virginia To Move To Alternative Fuels In State Vehicles

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McDonnell signed the order July 12 surrounded by a fleet of vehicles powered by alternative fuels at the Office of Fleet Management Services in Richmond, the Associated Press reports.

The order requires that a plan for switching the state's fleet of vehicles to alternative fuels be on the governor's desk for review and approval by January 1.

McDonnell is also promoting a new Virginia law allowing retailers to provide more charging locations for electric vehicles.

The governor says it makes sense for Virginia to shift to fuels such as biodiesel and electricity to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil.

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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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