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More Felons Regaining Their Rights In Virginia

The number of felons that have had their rights restored under a new streamlined system that was put in place this past summer has grown to more than 1,500.

Gov. Bob McDonnell's office says the civil rights of nearly 7,000 Virginians have been restored during his nearly four years as governor. His office says that tops any previous administration.

In July, McDonnell announced the individualized system of rights restoration.

Eligible individuals must register with the Secretary of the Commonwealth by mail, email or phone to have their rights to vote, serve on a jury and work as a notary public restored.

Some 350,000 nonviolent felons are eligible to regain their civil rights.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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