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  1. What to know about recent food recalls and bacteria listeriaRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Apr 11 |

    Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria - listeria. Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died.


  2. AP News in Brief at 7:58 p.m. EDTRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Apr 5 |

    One of the gunmen who slaughtered 148 people at a college in Kenya was identified Sunday as the law-school-educated son of a Kenyan government official, underscoring the inroads Islamic extremists have made in recruiting young people to carry out attacks against their own country. Abdirahim Mohammed Abdullahi, who was killed by security forces Thursday along with the three other militants who stormed Garissa University College, was the son of a government chief in Mandera County, which borders Somalia, Interior Ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka told The Associated Press.


  3. Feds outline new rules on payday loansRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2015 |

    Federal regulators on Thursday will outline a proposal to place limits on high-interest, short-term loans - the first step in the government's efforts to curb payday debt traps. The long-awaited rules drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would cover payday loans, vehicle title loans and high-cost installment loans.


  4. Feds outline new rules on payday loansRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2015 |

    Federal regulators on Thursday will outline a proposal to place limits on high-interest, short-term loans - the first step in the government's efforts to curb payday debt traps. The long-awaited rules drafted by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would cover payday loans, vehicle title loans and high-cost installment loans.


  5. CPAC photo gallery: Conservative voicesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2015 |

    "A conservative in 2015 is the same as a conservative in 1787 and that is a person that says this Constitution is the only standard upon which I will lead this nation. And that leadership as President as Governor as State Representative, at any level, this Constitution is the standard.


  6. US to fine air bag maker Takata $14,000 per dayRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2015 |

    The U.S. government will fine Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and potentially dangerous air bag inflators. The inflators, which are in cars made by 10 auto companies, can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.


  7. Chris Christie set to meet with top Virginia donorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 19, 2015 |

    Potential presidential candidate New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie is set to mingle with some of Virginia's biggest GOP donors with some help from former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. An invitation obtained by The Associated Press shows Cantor is co-hosting a meet and greet for Christie at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond on Feb. 26. Other co-hosts are Dominion Resources Inc. CEO Thomas Farrell II, business executive William H. Goodwin Jr., and Bobbie Kilberg, president of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.


  8. States consider requiring US citizenship test for graduationRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2015 |

    Arizona's new law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate appears likely to be adopted in a handful of other states this year, though educators warn it's not a fix-all solution to the nation's dire knowledge of civics. Fewer than a dozen states currently require students to take a civics exam, and passing it isn't necessary to graduate in all of them.


  9. Virginia lawmaker sworn in despite sex scandal convictionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 14, 2015 |

    A newly re-elected Virginia lawmaker hitched a ride from the jailhouse to the statehouse to be sworn in, even as legislative leaders discussed how to throw him out. Del. Joseph D. Morrissey, who spends his nights in jail because of a sex scandal conviction, was back in his familiar legislative arena Wednesday but with a whole new set of circumstances: Colleagues ignored him, he had to give up his old office and his desk on the House floor was put in a far corner.


  10. Experts: 2-year sentence for ex-Va gov good news for wifeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2015 |

    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked a judge for mercy for his wife, as well as himself, before being sentenced to two years in prison for public corruption. Tuesday's sentence was much lighter than what prosecutors wanted and likely foreshadows similar treatment for Maureen McDonnell when she is sentenced next month for her role in the bribery scandal, legal experts say.


  11. Cheers & JeersRead the original story

    Dec 2, 2014 |

    To the Morgan family for opening an Aqua-Tots Swim School, winner of the International Franchise Association Emerging Franchisor Conference Award, in Keller. They have come back to their hometown after 20 years of running a successful swim school in Richmond, Va.


  12. Black lawmakers against recognition of Va. tribeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 28, 2014 |

    Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus are urging the Obama administration to withhold federal recognition of a Virginia Indian tribe because of its history of banning intermarriage with blacks. In January, the Interior Department proposed recognizing the Pamunkey tribe in southeast Virginia.


  13. Man pleads not guilty in Philadelphia kidnappingRead the original story

    Nov 14, 2014 |

    A man accused of grabbing a 22-year-old Philadelphia woman off the street has pleaded not guilty to a federal kidnapping charge. In federal court Friday, 37-year-old Delvin Barnes, of Virginia, waived his right to a bail hearing and agreed to stay behind bars.


  14. Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco banRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 9, 2014 |

    The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way. This sleepy central Massachusetts town of 7,700 has become an improbable battleground in America's tobacco wars.


  15. Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme CourtRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 29, 2014 |

    Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama's health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to kill the law altogether now want the justices to rule that subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their premiums under the law are illegal.


  16. Confederate officer's wartime diary decodedRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 13, 2014 |

    A century and a half after Confederate officer James Malbone wrote his Civil War diary partly in code, a couple of Yankees have figured out why he took the precaution: He liked to gossip. Sprinkled amid entries on camp recipes and casualties are encrypted passages in which Malbone dishes on such juicy topics as a fellow soldier who got caught in bed with another man's wife.


  17. Indiana woman wins $300,000 in ArtPrize contestRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 10, 2014 |

    ArtPrize announced Friday that Anila Quayyum Agha won the public vote prize of $200,000 for "Intersections." The work is a cube that's illuminated from the inside.


  18. Rail industry pushes feds to drop crude-oil reporting ruleRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 6, 2014 |

    Two railroad industry trade groups have quietly asked the U.S. Department of Transportation to drop its requirement that rail carriers transporting large volumes of Bakken crude oil notify state emergency officials. The railroads have maintained that they already provide communities with adequate information about hazardous-materials shipments and that public release of the data could harm the industry from a security and business standpoint.


  19. Court-ordered anti-smoking ads challenged by firmsRead the original story

    Sep 29, 2014 |

    The nation's largest tobacco companies are challenging court-ordered advertisements requiring the cigarette makers to say they lied about the dangers of smoking. The so-called corrective statements are part of a case the government brought in 1999 under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.


  20. Illinois high court to hear cigarette appealRead the original story

    Sep 25, 2014 |

    The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to review a lower court's reinstatement of a decade-old $10.1 billion class-action verdict against Phillip Morris USA over the nation's biggest cigarette maker's marketing of "light" and "low tar" designations. The high court, which has thrown out the verdict at least once, decided Wednesday it would hear arguments involving the April opinion by the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court, Supreme Court spokesman Joe Tybor confirmed Thursday.


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