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U.S. law enforcement deaths down in 2012 (access required)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of law enforcement officers who died performing their duties in the U.S. declined by about 20 percent in 2012 after rising the two previous years, a non-profit organization reported Thursday. The National Law Enforcement Officers ...

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Hearing set for man with board at Sandy Hook school in Virginia

STRASBURG (AP) — A man who walked into northern Virginia’s Sandy Hook Elementary School with a 2-by-4 with the words “High Powered Rifle” days after a gunman killed 26 at a Connecticut school with the same name is scheduled to ...

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Groups appealing order to remove online reviews

(AP) — Two groups are taking the case of a Virginia woman ordered to remove negative online reviews of a home contractor to the state’s highest court. The Virginia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and Public Citizen said ...

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Lawmakers to target exploitation of elderly

(AP) — Advocates of tougher laws against financial exploitation of the elderly and mentally incapacitated will press their case in the General Assembly again in 2013, this time with the imprimatur of the Virginia State Crime Commission. Legislation dealing with ...

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Fredericksburg plans to sell U.S. Slavery Museum land (access required)

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) Fredericksburg’s officials are moving forward with efforts to sell the U.S. National Slavery Museum’s land because it still has not paid its city property taxes. The museum founded by former Gov. Doug Wilder filed for bankruptcy last year ...

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Ex-U.Va. law student sentenced for break-in (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A former University of Virginia law student convicted of breaking into the registrar’s office has avoided jail time. Joshua Peter Gomes, 26, was sentenced last Tuesday to 10 years of good behavior. Gomes pleaded guilty in August to ...

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Bill to unify agency privilege standard awaits signing (access required)

Legislation that would impose a single standard on how privileged information submitted to any federal agency is treated has passed both houses in Congress and is expected to be signed by President Obama. The measure, H.R. 4014, which received the ...

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Hampden-Sydney student expelled for election racial uproar (access required)

(AP) One student has been expelled and three others are being punished for their roles in a racially charged uproar on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College the night of President Barack Obama’s re-election, the school said Dec. 13. They were ...

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4th Circuit hears Texas man’s fraud appeal (access required)

(AP)  A lawyer for a former Texas businessman convicted in a $100 million life insurance fraud scheme urged a federal appeals court to reverse the conviction, or at least toss out a 45-year prison sentence that he contends is excessive. ...

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