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State, mortgage modification firms settle complaints (access required)

(AP) Virginia has reached settlements with two affiliated mortgage loan modification companies accused of illegally charging advance fees to clients seeking foreclosure rescue services. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced the settlements with Virginia Beach-based Rysnglo Financial Management and Los Angeles-based ...

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Mother sues psychologist following toddler’s death (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) The mother of a 15-month-old boy who died on a court-ordered visit to his father filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Feb. 19 against the psychologist who sanctioned the visitation. Hera McLeod of Gaithersburg, Md., filed the $20 million suit ...

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Seizure of Saltville Rescue Squad assets denied (access required)

ABINGDON (AP) A federal judge has rejected a prosecution bid to seize cash and property from the Saltville Rescue Squad. U.S. District Judge James P. Jones says there’s no reliable way of knowing whether the assets were bought with proceeds ...

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Principals in Virginia Tech lawsuit appeal to justices (access required)

(AP) Attorneys for the parents of two students who were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre asked Tuesday for a Supreme Court hearing on their request to put Tech’s president on trial for negligence, while the state sought to ...

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Smithsonian parking-lot thefts in Virginia exceeded $1M (access required)

(AP) Authorities have determined that parking-lot employees stole more than $1.5 million from the Smithsonian at the museum’s Udvar-Hazy Air and Space annex in Chantilly, much more than first estimated. The new estimate came to light at a hearing Friday ...

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Senate passes bill on college group membership (access required)

(AP) The Virginia Senate has passed legislation that would allow religious or political organizations at public colleges to restrict membership to people who agree with their mission. Colleges would be prohibited from denying recognition to such groups. Opponents said Monday ...

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Va joins settlement in mortgage services matter

(AP) — Virginia is set to receive about $3.5 million as part of a multi-state settlement with a Florida-based mortgage loan default services company over allegations of misconduct. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said Thursday he has joined 44 other attorneys ...

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Virginia Beach poultry prosecution questioned

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — Civil liberties attorneys are defending a Virginia Beach woman who was told by city officials she could not raise chickens on her property. The Rutherford Institute says it is challenging in state Supreme Court a city ...

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Ex-U.Va. lacrosse player seeks new trial

(AP) — Attorneys for a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of beating his ex-girlfriend to death are asking the state appeals court for a new trial, arguing the evidence in the case didn’t support a second-degree murder conviction ...

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US court rejects appeal from Somali pirates

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from Somali men who were the first people convicted on federal piracy charges in nearly 200 years. The justices did not comment last Tuesday in refusing to go into ...

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