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Babbette Smith North fire contained quickly, but damage to room and floor

   by Alyssa Powell A fire broke out in a Norfolk State University Babbette Smith North dorm room. On Friday, April 18 around 12:30 p.m., Norfolk’s Fire Department and University police responded to a triggered alarm in Babbette Smith North also known as the “Towers Girls’ Side” or “Freshman Girl’s Dorm.” The fire’s flames caused [...]

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USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane’s pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill. In October, three Americans and one Panamanian were killed while conducting drug surveillance. Two U.S. contractors on the [...]

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9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A woman facing charges in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father has turned herself in to authorities. The FBI says Patricia Kramer turned herself in to the FBI in Atlanta Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 morning. She was one of nine people indicted Tuesday in the April 5 [...]

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AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

    WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.   Over the next three years, the CDC formally named the condition and announced that sexual contact and infected [...]

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Music Review: Iggy Azalea’s debut shows promise

  Iggy Azalea, “The New Classic” (Def Jam/Grand Hustle) The blond ambitious rapper with a killer flow from the Australian outback has finally made it and she’s not afraid to rap about it. Iggy Azalea, 23, has been hustling to get to where she is since she first landed in Miami at 16, and the [...]

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Wellness programs grow more popular with employers

  That little voice nagging you to put down the cake and lace up the running shoes is increasingly coming from your employer and is likely to grow louder with a looming change under the federal health care overhaul. More companies are starting or expanding wellness programs that aim to reduce their medical costs by [...]

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Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could create hundreds of jobs and generate up to $60 million in spending over three years as same-sex couples spend thousands on their nuptials and out-of-town guests come to celebrate with them, according to a study by a UCLA think tank. In February, a federal [...]

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First lady announcing one-stop job site for vets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to streamline employment resources for people leaving the military, the government is creating an integrated website that can help job-seekers create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database of veterans and their spouses for companies to mine for skills and talents. First lady Michelle Obama was [...]

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Spacewalking astronauts tackle urgent repair job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio (muh-STRAK’-ee-oh) and Steven Swanson, stepped out Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 for the urgent repair job. The computer is a critical backup [...]

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Michigan man among 1st in US to get ‘bionic eye’

  ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision. Diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa as a teenager, Pontz has been almost completely blind for years. Now, thanks to a high-tech procedure that involved the surgical implantation of a “bionic eye,” he’s regained enough of his eyesight to catch [...]

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E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a [...]

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