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Blackwater Moves To Arlington Under New Name

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Blackwater is now known as Xe services. The company will be moving its corporate headquarters, which includes 20 people, from North Carolina to Arlington, according to the Associated Press.

Under the Blackwater name, the firm provided guards for U.S. government officials in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company came under fire after a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 people dead.

A whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former employees against the company starts today in Alexandria. They accuse the company of cheating the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees.

However, the judge has already dismissed several of the suit's claims, including an allegation that Blackwater billed the government for prostitutes.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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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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