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Virginia Delegate Introduces 'Personhood' Bill

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A member of Virginia's House of Delegates known for his opposition to abortion rights has filed a bill declaring that life begins at fertilization. Delegate Bob Marshall, a Republican from Prince William County, is using the pre-filing period for the upcoming General Assembly session to introduce the bill.

It states that human life begins when an egg is fertilized, and says the Commonwealth should grant rights, privileges, and immunities to what the bill calls "unborn children."

Abortion-rights supporters say the measure would outlaw abortion and would threaten certain forms of birth control as well. Voters in Mississippi recently rejected a similar, so-called "personhood" amendment to their state's constitution.

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Chinese Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Restricted To 20-Day U.K. Visa

Ai says he was denied a six-month visa because U.K. officials said he didn't list a criminal conviction in his application. Ai was imprisoned in China, but he notes he was never charged with a crime.
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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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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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