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Federal budget cuts would cost Fairfax $8.7 billion

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The automatic spending cuts looming for the federal budget would devastate Fairfax County, draining $8.7 billion from its economy and eliminating nearly 87,000 jobs, the county board was told Tuesday. The $1 trillion in cuts -- half of which would come from the Pentagon -- are scheduled to begin in January unless Congress and the White House can strike a deficit-reduction deal by the end...