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Data Reveals New Details On Virginia Car Title Lenders

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For a long time, regulators had no idea how many car title lenders operated in Virginia, how much interest they charge, or how many loans they issued. Now the nearly 380 car title lending locations across the Commonwealth are coming under closer scrutiny.

According to data from the State Corporation Commission for the first full year under state regulation, Virginia car title lenders made almost 128,500 loans in 2011 worth more than $125 million.

Last year, about 13 percent of borrowers failed to make a monthly payment on a car title loan for at least 60 days, and nearly 60 percent of the more than 8,300 vehicles repossessed were sold by lenders to recoup outstanding loans.

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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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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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