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Rosetta Stone and Google drop trademark lawsuit

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Rosetta Stone Inc. and Google Inc. have agreed to dismiss a three-year old trademark infringement lawsuit between the two companies and made plans to work together to fight trademark abuse online. Rosetta Stone sued Google in ...

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Three lawmakers seek federal voter fraud probe (access required)

Three Democratic Virginia congressmen and a state lawmaker want a federal investigation into two companies hired by Republicans to conduct voter registration drives that have spawned voter fraud allegations in several states. Reps. Gerald Connolly, James P. Moran Jr. and ...

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Federal judges hear Va. inmate’s sex-change appeal (access required)

Attorneys for a Virginia inmate who has been hospitalized for attempts at self-castration asked a federal appeals panel on Oct. 24 to let a lower court decide her lifelong quest for a sex-change operation. A three-judge panel of the 4th ...

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Fredericksburg courthouse dig yields Civil War-era building (access required)

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) — Archaeologists have found the cellar of a previously unknown Civil War-era building where the new Fredericksburg courthouse will be built, at Princess Anne and Charlotte streets. Over the past few weeks, archaeologists from Cultural Resources Inc. have ...

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Convicted robber in multistate spree gets life (access required)

HARRISONBURG — A man convicted of five bank robberies in Virginia and two other states has been given six life sentences. Fifty-three-year-old James Louis Whittlesey also was ordered in federal court in Harrisonburg on Wednesday to pay $27,000 restitution. The ...

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Developer gets 14 years for his fraud schemes (access required)

NORFOLK— A Virginia real estate developer has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to a fraud scheme that helped cause the collapse of Bank of the Commonwealth. Federal prosecutors say 48-year-old George Hranowskyj was sentenced last ...

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Marker to honor civil rights pioneer (access required)

SALUDA — A chapter in Virginia’s civil rights history is being remembered with a historical marker dedicated to a pioneer for equal rights. The marker was to be dedicated Saturday at the Middlesex County Courthouse in Saluda. It will pay ...

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Virginia meningitis victim suing Massachusetts pharmacy (access required)

ROANOKE — An 80-year-old Virginia man who says he contracted fungal meningitis after he received an injection of a tainted steroid is suing the Massachusetts pharmacy that made it for $5 million. Basil Proffitt’s attorney filed the action last week ...

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