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Marine from Virginia killed in Afghanistan

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 28-year-old Marine from Virginia was killed while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Wednesday, Sept. 17. The Defense Department said Sgt. Charles C. Strong of Suffolk died Monday, Sept. 15, in Herat province. A NATO news release issued Tuesday, Sept. 16, said an International Security Assistance Force [...]

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Walk in their shoes

  An editorial by Roger Smith I’m a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it’s a tougher road today. The minimum wage buys fewer necessities now than it did when I needed it to survive. And as a successful capitalist, [...]

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Alexandria schools on alert after weapon report

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Alexandria school officials say all schools went on lock-in after a report of a person brandishing a weapon near one school, but students are now on their way home. An Alexandria police spokeswoman says police received a report of a person with a weapon in the area of Matthew Maury [...]

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History books spark new Texas classroom battle

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate the importance of Christian values on the nation’s Founding Fathers while conservatives complained of anti-American, pro-Islam biases. The Board of Education will approve new history [...]

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Obama: Ebola one day, extremist threat the next

  TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Underscoring the multiple challenges facing his administration, President Barack Obama consulted with military officials Wednesday about the U.S. counterterrorism campaign against Islamic State militants, just a day after boosting the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Obama met with top officers at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, [...]

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Police resume search for missing Virginia student

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Police adjusted their search area Tuesday for a missing University of Virginia student, at least the fourth young woman to go missing in the area in the past five years. The shift in the search for Hannah Elizabeth Graham is based on video that police obtained showing Graham walking early [...]

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Va. man dies in paragliding accident

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say a man has died in a paragliding accident south of Chesapeake. Media outlets report 27-year-old Jeff Toll of Virginia Beach was piloting the paraglider when it struck a power line Tuesday night on a farm where he’d flown for years. State Police say Toll was pronounced dead at Sentara Norfolk General [...]

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Va. man sentenced in February police chase

  LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — An Amherst man has been sentenced in a multi-county chase that damaged three police cruisers. The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1qY402l) reports 35-year-old Jason Todd Cash was sentenced in Nelson County Circuit Court on Tuesday to two years and seven months in prison. Cash pleaded guilty to destruction of property, driving after being [...]

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Red tide off northwest Florida could hit economy

  CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — It’s like Florida’s version of The Blob. Slow moving glops of toxic algae in the northeast Gulf of Mexico are killing sea turtles, sharks and fish, and threatening the waters and beaches that fuel the region’s economy. Known as “red tide,” this particular strain called Karenia brevis is present nearly [...]

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Stocks up in early trading ahead of Fed statement

  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged higher in morning trading Wednesday as investors waited for a Federal Reserve statement on interest rates following a two-day meeting. Shares of Dupont and Fedex surged. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,002 as of 9:55 a.m. Eastern [...]

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Nontraditional students are the new tradition

  By: Stephanie Cousins Traditionally, students that enter college are usually around the age of 18 and are fresh out of high school. Those students are eager to learn and make friends and participate in every social event on campus. They also have the opportunity to stay in the dormitory and survive off meal plans [...]

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