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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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Richard Trentlage, Oscar Mayer Weiner Song Writer, Dies At 87

In 1962, Richard Trentlage recorded an advertising jingle in his living room that began "I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner..." He was no one-slogan wonder.
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This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.
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October Can Be Frightful For Investors. Will Politics Make It Scarier?

The stock market ended the first three quarters of 2016 on a positive note. Rising stock prices typically help an incumbent party in a presidential election year. But October can be a wild month.
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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

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