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D.C. Inks $33M Tax Deal With LivingSocial

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The website LivingSocial is known for saving people money, but the company is set to receive it's own deal — courtesy of District taxpayers. The D.C. Council unanimously approved a bill to save the daily-deal company LivingSocial nearly $33 million in taxes. In return, the company will pledge to keep its headquarters in D.C. and make sure that half of its new hires are District residents.

The Gray administration has pushed hard to attract technology companies to D.C., and often points to LivingSocial as a prime example of D.C.'s tech-friendly environment.

But critics of the deal, such as the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, question whether the city is giving too much away. The group says city leaders should have pushed harder for clawbacks, or penalties in the deal, in case Living Social doesn't hold up its end of the bargain.

A second and final vote on the measure is set for next month.

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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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