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Judge Rejects McDonnells' Motion To Dismiss

A judge is rejecting former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's motion to dismiss corruption charges.

His lawyers argued that prosecutors were interpreting the law too broadly—in a way that could criminalize routine political courtesies and put other politicians at risk for persecution.

Richmond U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer is rejecting the motion offered by the couple's attorneys. In court this morning, they argued that the government failed to show they violate any laws.

Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after nearly three weeks of testimony. The defense is set to begin its case on Monday.

The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker in exchange for promoting his company's products. They could face decades in prison if convicted.

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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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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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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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