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Terry McAuliffe, Virginia Gov.-elect, said on the campaign trail he would issue what he called a "guidance opinion" that would exempt existing abortion clinics from complying with strict new health and safety standards. The claim baffled political observers, who said they had never heard of such a mechanism and noted that a governor has no such authority.

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Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe will celebrate his inauguration in Richmond on Saturday with the help of about $75,000 from coal company Alpha Natural Resources and Dominion Virginia Power, which maintains an energy portfolio that includes coal. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe will celebrate his inauguration in Richmond on Saturday with the help of about $75,000 from coal company Alpha Natural Resources and Dominion Virginia Power, which maintains an energy portfolio that includes coal. (Associated Press)