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First writ of actual innocence granted by Court of Appeals (access required)

(AP) A man convicted of felony firearm possession last week became the first person exonerated under a 2004 Virginia law that allows prisoners to present new, non-DNA evidence of their innocence. More than 120 other inmates’ petitions had been rejected ...

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Senate debate focuses on trust, energy policy (access required)

HOT SPRINGS (AP) Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Jim Gilmore feuded July 19 over energy policy and trustworthiness in a debut debate in their race for the U.S. Senate, but neither former governor scored a breakthrough. Gilmore, trailing significantly in ...

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Tales from the crypt? (access required)

TAZEWELL—A high school teacher who allegedly took two students to a burial vault and handled human remains was simply pursuing an interest in history, her lawyer said. “Possibly poor judgment, but not to the level of a felony,” Candace Lee ...

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What ho! Robin's at the gate! (access required)

Football fans here can get rowdy. But no one has seen this: Over in Stockport, England, a crossbow arrow was fired into a soccer stadium, whistling past one of the players and forcing the amateur game to be called off. ...

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Hurry, hurry, hurry (access required)

In New Cumberland, W.Va., a man facing robbery charges will receive a new trial after a juror was overheard to say the defendant should be convicted quickly so jurors could go home. The statement was allegedly made when the 12 ...

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Cop talk (access required)

Anyone who ever played cops-and-robbers as a kid, listened to a police scanner or watched TV shows such as “Dragnet” or “Adam-12” knows that “10-4” and other codes beginning with 10 are radio cop-speak for “OK,” or “officer down” or ...

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