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On this day: July 31

POSTED: 11:36 PM Jul 30 2012   UPDATED: 2:00 AM Jul 31 2014

Mt. Fuji erupts, the Apollo 15 astronauts go for a ride, major-league baseball players end their strike, and Michael Phelps swims into Olympic history, all on this day.

OTD July 31 - Gore Vidal
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2012: Author and political activist Gore Vidal ("Lincoln," "The City and the Pillar," "Myra Breckenridge") dies of complications from pneumonia in Hollywood Hills, California. He was 86.

Crime Report

Washington County sheriff's deputy

Two charged with metal, auto parts theft

Two people were charged with stealing metal and car parts in Washington County.

suspects

Police say 'professional' thieves stole electronics worth over $6,000

Kingsport Police say a group of five people used an elaborate shoplifting scheme to steal thousands of dollars worth of items from a local store.

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