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Author Archives: The Associated Press

Boente named FBI general counsel

WASHINGTON (AP) FBI Director Christopher Wray is making changes to his senior leadership team amid President Donald Trump’s repeated accusations of perceived biases against him and calls for a shakeup at the top of the agency. Officials said Tuesday that Wray, ...

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Malvo seeks lower sentence

(AP) A sniper who randomly killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington, D.C., region more than 15 years ago is entitled to a new hearing to ask for a lighter sentence, his lawyer argued Tuesday to a federal appeals court. ...

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Court hears death penalty appeal in police slaying

(AP) A federal appeals court has heard arguments in the case of a Virginia man sentenced to death for killing a police officer in 2005. Thomas Porter was convicted of shooting Norfolk police Officer Stanley Reaves three times in the ...

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‘Love locks’ remain while judge considers grand jury

A Norfolk judge is considering whether a novel legal procedure could be used to force removal of so-called “love locks” from a city pedestrian bridge. Judge Everett A. Martin heard testimony from proponents of a special grand jury called just ...

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Mother pleads guilty in son’s death

HAMPTON (AP) A Virginia woman whose son’s remains were found in the trunk of her car more than 10 years after he was last seen alive pleaded guilty Friday in his death. Tonya Slaton, 46, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter ...

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Senate approves raising felony theft threshold

(AP) A bill designed to soften penalties in Virginia for stealing smaller-dollar items has passed the state Senate. The Senate voted nearly unanimously Thursday to raise the felony theft threshold from $200 to $500. Virginia has kept its felony bar ...

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FBI: Man accused of obstructing terror probe had child porn

STERLING (AP) Court documents say a Virginia man charged with obstructing a terrorism investigation had child pornography on a smartphone. A search warrant executed last week says federal agents who searched 21-year-old Sean Andrew Duncan’s electronic devices for ties to ...

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Man accused of shooting 2 dogs in revenge for cat’s death

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) Authorities say a Montgomery County man whose cat was killed by two Labrador retrievers pursued their owner and fatally shot the dogs. The Roanoke Times reports 68-year-old Stephen Nichols Cook was convicted Tuesday of two misdemeanor charges in connection with ...

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Prosecutor recuses in Rose McGowan drug case

WASHINGTON (AP)  A Virginia county prosecutor has recused himself from actress Rose McGowan’s upcoming trial for felony possession of a controlled substance, citing conflict of interest. Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert told WTOP-FM that Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman ...

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Advocates seek to disrupt ‘school-to-prison pipeline’

(AP) Ryan Turk was an eighth-grader in Prince William County when a misunderstanding with a school resource officer over a 65-cent carton of milk escalated to theft charges. The incident happened in May 2016 when Turk said he forgot his ...

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