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Dominion Virginia Power Considers Putting Power Lines Underground

Dominion Virginia Power is taking a fresh look at putting some of its power lines underground.

The energy provider—the largest in the commonwealth—says a preliminary analysis shows that putting the most frequently damaged power lines underground would speed power restorations after major storms.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia regulators have estimated that putting overhead electric lines underground statewide would cost more than $83 billion—that would amount to an average cost per customer of $27,000—and would take decades to complete.

D.C. has similarly pursued putting its power lines underground, and a city task force recently estimated that it would cost $1 billion.

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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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U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.
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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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