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Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Testimony in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has concluded.

Judge James Spencer has sent the jurors home for the day to allow the lawyers to haggle over jury instructions. That means closing arguments in the case are expected Friday morning.

McDonnell and his wife are charged with accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and travel accommodations from a wealthy Virginia businessman who was seeking influence with the state to benefit his company's nutritional supplement, which is made of tobacco.

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense. "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case, and I've got great faith in them, and they are tremendously personally dedicated to the cause and they are great lawyers, so I'm very confident."

The former governor is facing 30 years in prison if convicted.

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Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
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Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
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D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

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A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

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