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McDonnell, O'Malley Suggest D.C. Area For Test Range

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The National Defense Authorization Act and FAA Reauthorization Bill calls for a new test range. In a letter request made this week to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) and Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) asked the federal government to select the region to host the unmanned aircraft systems test range.

In the letter, McDonnell and O'Malley highlighted the region's technical expertise in the defense industry and said that similar design and testing of unmanned aircraft systems already take place in the area. They governors also say the region has the appropriate airspace for the type of testing and development that's needed.

McDonnell's office says the state have not yet received a response from LaHood.

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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 Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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