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Virginia Officials Offer Tips To Avoid Holiday Scams

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Officials from Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs are offering several tips this holiday season to help avoid scam artists trying to take advantage of shoppers.

Officials say never give to a charity unless you know its history, purpose and reputation. Virginia law requires most charities that solicit donations to register with the Office of Consumer Affairs, so one option is to search the agency's website to verify if an organization is legitimate.

Officials also say don't give cash or give in if pressured to donate, and take a close look at any gift offers that come with mail solicitations.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.
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Oyster Archaeology: Ancient Trash Holds Clues To Sustainable Harvesting

Modern-day oyster populations in the Chesapeake are dwindling, but a multi-millennia archaeological survey shows that wasn't always the case. Native Americans harvested the shellfish sustainably.

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Twitter Just Turned VP Nominee Tim Kaine Into Your Dad

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine introduced himself to America Wednesday night as a fighter, Hillary Clinton's ally and — your dad.
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Writing Data Onto Single Atoms, Scientists Store The Longest Text Yet

With atomic memory technology, little patterns of atoms can be arranged to represent English characters, fitting the content of more than a billion books onto the surface of a stamp.

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