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Virginia is sorting through the evidence from thousands of criminal cases from the 1970s and '80s. Legal observers say the review's outcome could shed light on the true number of people sent to prison for crimes they didn't commit.
D.C.'s Studio Theatre has found a way to test out brand new plays in front of an audience, without risk of breaking the bank. The "Lab Series" operates outside Studio's subscription season, and offers scaled-down productions of world-premiere plays at only $20 a ticket.
Archaeologists from the University of Maryland are helping to peel back the layers of time in an Easton, Md. neighborhood called The Hill. The neighborhood was once a thriving community of free African Americans during an era of widespread slavery on the Eastern Shore.
Although scientists have known that a fungus-like organism caused the potato blight that triggered the Great Famine in Ireland in the 1840s, they didn't know which strain was the culprit. But they do now, thanks to the genes in some 19th century potato samples.
Apple CEO Tim Cook faced tough questions on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. He defended a tax strategy that allows Apple to avoid taxes on tens of billions of dollars of profits. Cook also called on the Congress to lower the U.S. corporate tax rate.
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