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Va. lawmaker resigns after teen sex charges

A Virginia state lawmaker who is working as a legislator and lawyer by day and returning to a jail cell at night said Thursday he is resigning but plans to run in a special election for his seat.

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  • 39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one

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‘Serial’ turns town into fan destination

A popular podcast has turned a local town into a destination for zealous fans, anxious to uncover answers to a murder mystery.

The real winner in the D.C. United stadium deal

Forget about the team or the developers, the real winners in the D.C. United stadium deal are the fans.

Gadgets for better phone photos during the holidays

Most of us will be snapping smartphone photos during the holidays, but these accessories could make it easier for you to capture beautiful images.

How Kim Jong Un became the target of ‘The Interview’

The films co-director says they did “a big old search” of the world’s dictators before settling on North Korea.

Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree

Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief.

Court rules obesity can be a disability

Obesity can be a disability, the European Court of Justice ruled Thursday — a decision that could have widespread consequences.

OPM says 48K feds' data exposed

OPM is notifying 48,439 federal employees that their information may have been exposed by hackers.

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