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GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

(AP) Republican lawmakers in Virginia will file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to allow more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November, GOP leaders said Monday. Republicans argue the governor has overstepped his constitutional authority with ...

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Inmate video was not saved

(AP) An attorney representing the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at a Virginia jail is criticizing officials’ decision not to save video footage captured outside the man’s cell in the days leading up to his death. Lt. ...

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TV pundit who claimed CIA ties pleads guilty to fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Former cable news pundit Wayne Simmons admits he’s a fraud. And he admits he’s a felon. But despite all evidence to the contrary, he remains adamant that he was a CIA man. Simmons, 62, of Annapolis, Maryland, struck ...

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State senator travels to Syria, praises Assad

(AP) Sen. Ted Cruz’s former campaign co-chairman in Virginia has traveled to Syria and promised support for the government of President Bashar Assad, who U.S. officials have repeatedly said has lost the legitimacy to rule the war-torn country. Virginia state ...

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High court could overturn McDonnell conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court could make it tougher for the government to crack down on public corruption, signaling Wednesday that it may overturn former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s federal bribery conviction. Justices across the ideological spectrum expressed concerns during arguments ...

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High court weighs reach of bribery laws in McDonnell case

WASHINGTON (AP) The Supreme Court could place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws used to prosecute elected officials as it takes up the public corruption case of former Gov. Bob McDonnell. In the court’s final argument of ...

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Police: Man chokes Uber driver on I-95

CHESTERFIELD (AP) A Massachusetts man is behind bars in Virginia after police say he choked an Uber driver on Interstate 95 in Chesterfield. Media outlets report 22-year-old Maxwell Sweeney of Mansfield, Massachusetts, is charged with strangling another causing wounding or ...

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Republicans call for special session on rights restoration

(AP) Republican leaders of the Virginia General Assembly called on Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe to convene a special legislative session to discuss the governor’s recent restoration of voting and other civil rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. House Speaker ...

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Jurors unmoved by McDonnell’s appeal arguments

(AP) As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing. They say they aren’t buying McDonnell’s core argument: ...

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Man convicted of killing Altria exec

CHESTERFIELD (AP) The ex-boyfriend of an Altria executive who disappeared four years ago has been convicted of killing her even though her body was never found. Local media reported that a Chesterfield County jury on Friday convicted 56-year-old Michael Anthony ...

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