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Virginia's Attorney General Race Could Be Closest In Commonwealth History

As of Tuesday morning, Mark Herring, the Democratic contender for Virginia attorney general, leads Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain by only 117 votes. That's a slight change from Monday, when Obenshain was ahead — by a mere 17 votes.

By Tuesday afternoon election boards across Virginia have to turn in their final tallies, ahead of a possible recount of the votes. But regardless of who emerges victorious, the race for the commonwealth's top law enforcement official could well end up being the closest in modern history.

The last race to be this tight wasn't long ago — and it was for the same office. In 2005 now-governor Bob McDonnell defeated Democratic hopeful Creigh Deeds in the attorney general contest by a mere 323 votes of the 1.94 million cast, a difference of .01 percent. It took state officials six weeks to recount the votes and certify the hotly contested election.

The McDonnell/Deeds election could remain at the top of the list, though, depending on how the counting of provisional ballots in Fairfax County proceeds today.

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Rest In Peace, Wes Craven — The Rest Of Us Sure Won't

Horror master Wes Craven has died; he disturbed the dreams of millions of moviegoers in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and helped revitalize horror in the 1990s by directing the Scream movies.
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The Restaurant With No (Visible) Workers

A new highly automated restaurant opening in San Francisco looks to speed service through efficiency. You won't see any people taking your order or serving you at eatsa, a fast-casual quinoa eatery.
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Tensions Rise At Border As Dominican Republic Begins Deporting Haitians

Dominican forces are expelling Haitians everyday, part of an ongoing plan to deport people without papers who have been living on the wrong side of the border for years.
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The Restaurant With No (Visible) Workers

A new highly automated restaurant opening in San Francisco looks to speed service through efficiency. You won't see any people taking your order or serving you at eatsa, a fast-casual quinoa eatery.

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