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USS Minnesota lowered into James River

Shipbuilders in Virginia have launched the U.S. Navy’s latest nuclear attack submarine, USS Minnesota, into the James River, according to a news release. The 7,800-ton submarine is more than 90 percent complete. It's scheduled to be delivered to the Navy next year and commissioned in the summer of 2013.

Target to shutter four underperforming stores

"After careful consideration of the financial performance,” Minneapolis-based Target Corporation announced Wednesday it plans to close four stores in Colorado, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia, according to company news releases. All four retail stores will close permanently on Feb. 2, 2013.