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In Virginia, Cicadas Make Noise And Damage Trees

This year's noisy crop of cicadas is now busy laying eggs, and that's causing widespread damage to trees in Virginia.

Virginia forestry officials say the damage is the result of cicada females laying eggs in the thin-barked outer branches of trees and shrubs. The females slice into the branch, then deposit up to 80 eggs.

Forest health specialist Chris Asaro says a single female can create about 30 nests, laying as many as 600 eggs. The nesting can cause structural damage known as "flagging," which is visible across much of the state's Piedmont and coastal plain.

The department says the good news is that most medium to large trees won't suffer any serious long-term damage. And better yet, the next cicada outbreak won't occur for 17 years.

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'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
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Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
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The Senate Battle That Looms For Scalia's Replacement

NPR's Domenico Montanaro discusses the upcoming battle on Capitol Hill on replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
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Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

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