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Film Industry Gives Virginia Economic Boost

Employment in Virginia's film industry has risen nearly 16 percent since 2011. That's according to a new state report, which also says the total economic impact of 11 recent film and TV projects topped $139 million. Those projects included Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" and the television pilot "Company Town" for CBS.

The films reportedly spent more than $66 million in the state and received nearly $12 million in incentives.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says the findings demonstrate the positive results of a targeted incentive program, which was implemented in 2010 to attract film and television productions.

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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies

The master of magic realism was the region's best-known writer. His novels were filled with miraculous events and characters; love and madness; wars, dreams and death. He died Thursday at 87.
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Consider The Can: An Unlikely Twist On A Louisiana Dish

When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.
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President Obama's Favorite County — At Least When it Comes to Giving Speeches

President Obama has visited Prince George's County, MD, four times this year. It is the most affluent county with an African American majority, and also happens to be very close to the White House.
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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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