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Father convicted of murdering son for life insurance

MANASSAS (AP) Joaquin Shadow Rams plotted to kill his infant son from nearly the time he was born, finally snuffing out his life at age 15 months when the opportunity presented itself, a Virginia judge ruled Thursday. Rams was convicted ...

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Lawyers ask to withdraw from shooting case

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Attorneys for a security guard charged with fatally shooting a 60-year-old man in Chesapeake are seeking to withdraw from the case. Defense attorneys say their communication with 22-year-old Jonathan Cromwell has “broken down” and they no longer feel ...

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Verdict coming for father charged in death of 1-year-old son

MANASSAS (AP) Misfortune has befallen those close to Joaquin Shadow Rams. His ex-girlfriend was shot and killed in 2003. His mother died in 2008, her passing ruled a suicide. And his 1-year-old son, Prince McLeod Rams, died in his father’s ...

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Conservatives urge McAuliffe to spare inmate’s life

(AP) More than two dozen conservatives are the latest group calling on Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare the life of a death row inmate who claims he’s innocent. Ivan Teleguz is scheduled to be executed on April 25 unless McAuliffe ...

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Rolling Stone settles defamation case with UVa administrator

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Lawyers say Rolling Stone magazine and an administrator at the University of Virginia have reached a settlement in a defamation case over a story about an alleged gang rape on campus. The Washington Post reports the magazine reached ...

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McAuliffe urged to halt man’s scheduled execution

(AP) The Virginia Council of Churches and two state lawmakers are urging Virginia’s governor to halt the planned execution of an inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend. The church group delivered a letter to Gov. Terry ...

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Full 4th Circuit to hear Trump’s revised travel ban appeal

(AP) The full 15-judge bench of a federal appeals court will examine a challenge to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban next month. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case on May 8. Appeals typically are ...

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Judge compares transgender teen to civil rights icons

(AP) An appeals court judge on Friday compared a Virginia teen who sued his school board for the right to use the boys bathroom to civil and human activists throughout history who have “refused to accept quietly the injustices that ...

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Reveley to retire at W&M

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The president of the College of William & Mary plans to retire next year. The university in Williamsburg announced Friday that Taylor Reveley will step down in June 2018. The former law school dean has led the university ...

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Inmate who claims innocence asks governor to spare his life

(AP) Attorneys for a Virginia death-row inmate convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend filed a clemency petition on Friday urging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life because they believe he is innocent. Ivan Teleguz is ...

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