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Truth campaign outs celebrity tobacco users

  By Richelle Hammiel “Unpaid Tobacco Spokesperson” is a message that flashes across television screens and this message has generated the attention of fans, celebrities and lawyers. The Truth Campaign, active enforcers of change, has compiled numerous photos as well as facts to stop the use of tobacco, especially in teens. The photos were made [...]

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A mammoth, but careful restoration at Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There are no instructions for taking apart a 20,000-year-old mammoth skeleton. So workers moved carefully Monday, October 20th, as they beheaded the massive one that has loomed for decades over the Ice Age hall in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “It’s coming,” called one of four technicians perched on [...]

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Aircraft carrier Bush to begin heading home to Va.

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush is set to begin heading to its homeport in Norfolk. According to the Navy, the ship was relieved in the Arabian Gulf by the carrier Carl Vinson on Saturday, Oct 18, and should soon depart for home. The USS George H.W. Bush was deployed in mid-February. [...]

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$1m gang violence initiative launched in Norfolk

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities have launched a $1 million initiative to reduce gang and gun violence in Norfolk. Attorney General Mark R. Herring, Rep. Bobby Scott and Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim announced the community-based effort on Tuesday, Oct. 21, in a news release. The initiative will be funded with a $500,000 federal grant and $500,000 of asset forfeiture [...]

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Virginia aquarium to release 3 sea turtles

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team is releasing three rehabilitated sea turtles. A loggerhead sea turtle named Wolverine, a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Lex Luther and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle named Loki will be released Monday,October 20th, afternoon along the shore in Virginia Beach. A Tangier Island [...]

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Suspect in Va. abduction charged in DC area rape

  FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — The suspect in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student was charged Monday, October 20th, with abducting and raping a woman in suburban Washington, D.C., in 2005. The indictment against Jesse L. Matthew Jr. was handed up by a Circuit Court grand jury in Fairfax County. Matthew was also [...]

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3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Support staff at Virginia’s public four-year institutions earn salaries that are comparable to similar schools nationally, with three exceptions, according to a report by Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. The report examined the cost of support functions, which include libraries, police departments, student services, academic administration, public relations and [...]

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City to address violence near NH pumpkin fest

KEENE, N.H. (AP) — The governor urged the state’s colleges and universities to punish students involved in violent parties near Keene’s annual pumpkin festival that led to destruction, dozens of arrests and multiple injuries over the weekend. Meanwhile, Keene officials scheduled a news conference for 4 p.m. Monday to discuss the violence, which prompted police [...]

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Gordeeva, Macchiavello Compete at ITA Regional

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Sophomore Liza Gordeeva and junior Andrea Macchiavello competed over the weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regional at Virginia Tech’s Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Gordeeva took part in the singles main draw, where she suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Leeza Nemchinov of William & Mary on Saturday. A day earlier on Friday, Gordeeva and Macchiavello [...]

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Police: Man spray-paints on NYC museum wall

  NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a vandal has marred the walls of New York City’s Whitney Museum of American Art for a second time in two months as it prepares to move. Police say Christopher Johnson spray-painted graffiti on a blank wall at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, October 20. It happened during a [...]

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Braga, Domnik Earn Victories at ITA Regional

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Pascal Domnik won his second round singles match, and he and senior Igor Braga also picked up a victory in doubles during the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Atlantic Regional at Virginia’s Snyder Tennis Center this weekend. Seeded in the 17-32 range, Domnik received a bye during the round of 128 in the singles main draw, and [...]

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3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new report says support staff salaries at three public higher education institutions in Virginia exceed the average of similar schools nationally. According to the report, the average salaries of upper- and mid-level support staff at most public higher education institutions were near or below the average of their peers nationally. Average [...]

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Meetings set on Norfolk light rail extension

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Hampton Roads Transit is holding public meetings in Norfolk on extending light rail to Norfolk Naval Station. The first meeting will be held Monday at Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University. Another meeting is scheduled Thursday at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch library. Other meetings will be [...]

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Study: Natural gas surge won’t slow global warming

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn’t quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won’t slow global warming, a new study projects. Abundant natural gas in the United States has been displacing coal, which produces more of the chief global warming gas carbon dioxide. But the new international [...]

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CBS debuts stand-alone streaming service

  NEW YORK (AP) — CBS is jumping on the cord-cutting bandwagon, launching a stand-alone digital streaming service for $5.99 a month that will offer subscribers access to its current and older shows. The news comes a day after HBO said it plans to offer a streaming-only service next year. Americans are increasingly turning to [...]

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Contract awarded for new facility at NASA Langley

  HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — A New York City-based company has been awarded a $23 million contract to build a new computational research facility at the NASA Langley Research Center. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Turner Construction Company will build the new 40,000 square-foot facility in Hampton. The Virginian-Pilot reports (http://bit.ly/1Cvg0uo) that [...]

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NBC’s Snyderman faces credibility issues

    NEW YORK (AP) — The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren’t over for NBC News’ chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is [...]

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US stocks move higher; IBM disappoint

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly higher Monday following a turbulent week. The market’s gains were partly held back by IBM, which slid after reporting results that missed investor expectations. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 72 points, or 0.4 percent, to 16,306 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern. The [...]

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Review: Emily Dickinson comes out of the shadows

  NEW YORK (AP) — Acclaimed 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson was famously reclusive, although she maintained numerous correspondences. She was an extremely prolific poet, though not publicly recognized in her lifetime, and many details of her life remain a mystery. William Luce dramatized Dickinson’s homebound life by combining details from biographies, her poetry and [...]

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Still the Same: Bob Seger launching tour, album

  NEW YORK (AP) — At 69, Bob Seger says he’s ready to hit the road again: He’s scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine. “I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Seger said in a phone interview, noting that a colonoscopy from a few years ago [...]

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‘Fury’ blasts ‘Gone Girl’ from top of box office

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The bloody World War II drama “Fury” blew past “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend, October 17th-19th. “Gone Girl” was tops at the box office for two weeks before Brad Pitt and his rag-tag group of tank mates in “Fury” blasted the film to second place. Sony’s “Fury” captured $23.5 [...]

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Comedians honor Jay Leno with humor prize in DC

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The joke was on Jay Leno as comedians saluted the former “Tonight Show” host Sunday when he received the nation’s top humor prize. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes celebrated Leno’s famous work ethic and poked fun as he received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy [...]

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