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Man gets life without parole for killing son for insurance

MANASSAS (AP) A Virginia man convicted of murdering his 15-month-old-son to collect on life insurance was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole. Joaquin Rams of Manassas was convicted earlier this year in the 2012 death of his son ...

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$50M settlement approved for DuPont mercury contamination

WAYNESBORO (AP) Chemical company DuPont will pay about $50 million under an environmental settlement that aims to make up for decades of mercury pollution one of its factories released into the South River in Virginia. A federal judge approved the ...

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Inmates locked up for life as teens seek relief

(AP) Fights are being waged in courts across Virginia about whether inmates serving life-without-parole sentences for crimes they committed as juveniles deserve a chance for release in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The high court in 2012 barred ...

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Suit challenges pipeline, federal agency

ROANOKE (AP) A newly filed lawsuit is seeking to stop federal regulators from granting the developers of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline the power of eminent domain. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Roanoke on behalf of ...

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Richmond city attorney assaulted in courthouse

(AP) An official says a Richmond city attorney was assaulted by a juvenile in a courthouse. City Attorney Allen Jackson tells the Richmond Times Dispatch that Deputy City Attorney Kate O’Leary was representing the Department of Social Services in proceedings at the ...

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Virginia man sentenced over Facebook post on father’s death

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia man whose father was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy in a standoff has been sentenced on a charge of threatening retaliation in a Facebook post. The Roanoke Times reports 27-year-old James A. Burton was to be ...

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Suit claims tavern exiled boy with gluten allergy

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) A lawsuit claims that Colonial Williamsburg removed a boy from a restaurant and forced him to sit in the rain because he brought his own food. The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday that the 11-year-old was on a school field trip ...

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Another mistrial for man held for 2 years without conviction

STAFFORD (AP) Another mistrial has been declared in the case of a Stafford man charged with child sex abuse who has spent more than two years in jail without a conviction. The Free Lance-Star reports 35-year-old Herbert Eugene Smitley’s trial for aggravated ...

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Judge orders tests, new plan for leaking coal ash site

(AP) Virginia’s largest utility must submit a revised plan for dealing with its leaking piles of coal ash at a retired power plant in Chesapeake and conduct at least two years of environmental testing at the site, a federal judge ...

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Fairfax murder case ends in mistrial

CHANTILLY (AP) A Fairfax County judge declared a mistrial Friday in the case of a park worker accused of fatally stabbing a caterer at a wedding celebration. The jury deliberated for hours before telling the judge that they could not ...

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