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The McDonnell Trial Gets Personal

The trial of Virginia's former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen on corruption charges got underway in Richmond this week, with the defense strategy taking a personal approach. The former first lady's defense team aimed to dispel conspiracy charges with details of a rocky marriage and her "crush" on the businessman who gave the couple more than $160,000 in cash and gifts. We discuss the legal issues at stake, and how the tell-all defense strategy is likely to play with the jury.

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Why Does Every New Restaurant Look Like A Factory?

The stripped-down look of exposed brick, poured cement floors, and Edison light bulbs is popular in restaurants across America. One reporter dares to ask, "Seriously, why?"
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1 In 10 People May Face Malnutrition As Fish Catches Decline

Many people around the world rely on fish not just for protein but for critical micronutrients like iron and zinc. So declining fisheries pose major risks for global health, scientists warn.
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Bipartisan Disapproval Follows Bill Clinton's Meeting With Loretta Lynch

"I think it's ... one of the big stories of this week of this month, of this year," Donald Trump said of the meeting. A Democratic strategist said it was "foolish to create such optics."
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'Future Shock' Author Alvin Toffler Dies at 87

Toffler's warnings about 'information overload' and the accelerating pace of change in modern society made his seminal 1970 book a best-seller in the U.S. and around the world.

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