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McDonnell Asks Obama To Keep Plans To Avert Sequester

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking President Obama in a letter to make good on his campaign pledge to avert automatic cuts to federal spending that would disproportionately damage the state, reports the Associated Press.

McDonnell says the threat of cuts from the 2011 Budget Control Act is already harming Virginia. But unless the President and Congress agree on their own cuts before March 1, federal cuts would drain $85 billion from the government's budget over the coming seven months.

Virginia would feel the proportionately heaviest burden of any state, with its heavy concentration of military assets, including the Pentagon and the world's largest U.S. Navy base at Norfolk, as well as defense and civilian government contractors.

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Auction Of Artifacts In Paris Stirs Protest At American Indian Museum In D.C.

"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

Injuries in the meat industry are likely to be under-reported, a new GAO report finds. Workers may be sent back to the line without seeing a doctor, or may not report out of fear of losing their jobs.
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U.S. House Rejects D.C.'s Plans For Full Autonomy Over Budget

In a 240-179 vote, the Republican-led House passed a bill that would overturn efforts by the city to take control over how it spends its money. It's a largely symbolic move: The Senate and President Obama are unlikely to go along.

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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

Silicon Valley entrepreneur Peter Thiel is said to be bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury verdict that awarded Hogan $140 million over the 2012 publication of a sex tape.

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