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Virginia Gubernatorial Race Is Close — Real Close — Finds New Poll

In Virginia, a new Quinnipiac University poll has Democrat Terry McAuliffe clinging to a slight lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

The latest poll has McAuliffe at 45 percent and Cuccinelli at 41 percent with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis trailing at nine percent. The survey included 1,200 likely voters and has a margin of error of three percentage points — meaning McAuliffe's lead is only slightly larger than the margin of error.

If Sarvis were not in the race, according to the poll, the race would be too close to call.

Only four percent of likely voters say they are undecided, and only seven percent say say there's a "good chance" they will change their minds in the next six days.

The Democrat retains a solid lead among women voters, which many see has a potential key to victory. McAullife has 50 percent support among women while Cuccinelli has 37 percent.

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He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
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The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
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State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

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Surfers And Scientists Team Up To Create The 'Perfect Wave'

Surfers once deemed man-made waves weak and mushy compared to the best that break along the coast. Then engineers and an 11-time world champion surfer showed just how good an artificial wave can be.

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