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Wallace Bryton (portrayed by Justin Long) is pitted in one of many, increasingly quirky, tension-building conversations with Howard Howe (Michael Parks) in "Tusk."


“Tusk,” writer-director Kevin Smith’s tale of torture and transformation, is horrific, darkly comic and deeply bizarre, often all at once.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks to members of the Virginia  Governmental Employees Association at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Chesterfield, Va. Sept. 13, 2014.  Gov. McAuliffe reassured the employees that, in spite of state budget cuts, he pledges to support them.  "I'm working hard for you,"  he told them.  He called state employees "the best" and challenged them to be creative and innovative.   (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, P. Kevin Morley)

Local Va. tourism gets $850,000 boost

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More than $850,000 in matching grant money is headed to 46 local tourism initiatives to help regional tourism officials attract more visitors.

Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO

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Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

Arena Stage opens season with 'The Shoplifters'

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Arena Stage is opening its new theater season with the premiere of the new comedy "The Shoplifters" about society's haves, and have-nots and how much they have in common.

Central Michigan to build medical facilities

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The Central Michigan University medical school will expand in Saginaw with a $12 million construction project for clinics and a neuroscience center.

Appeals judges skeptical of Bonds conviction

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Skeptical members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned the soundness of Barry Bonds' obstruction of justice conviction for a rambling response to a grand jury in 2003 and left open the possibility they may throw out the verdict.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, receives a flu shot from Sharon Bonadies at the conclusion of a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.  "Vaccination is the single most important step everyone 6 months of age and older can take to protect themselves and their families against influenza," said Frieden.  Influenza hospitalized a surprisingly high number of young and middle-aged adults last winter, and this time around the government wants more of them vaccinated. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Options for protection come with flu season

- Associated Press

It's time for flu vaccine again and while it's important for the whole family, this year health officials have some different advice for different ages: Certain kids should opt for the ouchless nasal spray. Seniors, expect to get a new kind of pneumonia shot along with that flu jab.

Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE

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Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse begins its first day trading as a public company.

In Springfield, vaccine exemptions up slightly

- Associated Press

Although the numbers are small, more parents over the past few years are exempting their children from vaccinations in Springfield Public Schools, according to one school official,

Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

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A California judge's initial ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was the second legal setback within a month for privacy advocates.

In this Aug. 7, 2014 photo, Jon Daniel speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois office in Chicago. Daniel, who created a spoof Twitter account in the name of Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis, is taking his case to federal court after police raided his home. Ardis saw the account as an attempt to steal his identity. Daniel says the raid violated his constitutional rights. The police response also ignited a debate about online satire and free speech. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Twitter parody plays differently in middle America

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Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.