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Death penalty dedeadline set in Easter slaying case

(AP) Prosecutors have two months to decide whether a Henrico County man charged in the shooting deaths of his parents will face the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports a judge on June 2 ordered prosecutor Shannon ...

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4th Circuit rules terror defendant can be forcibly medicated

(AP) A mentally ill North Carolina man accused of trying to join al Qaida-linked fighters in Syria can be forcibly medicated to see if that will make him competent for trial, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. A three-judge panel ...

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Appeals court refuses to rehear transgender restroom case

(AP) The debate over whether transgender students should be able to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel’s ruling ...

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Court: No warrant needed for cell tower records

(AP) Police do not have to get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a case closely watched by privacy rights advocates. The 12-3 decision by the full 4th ...

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GOP seeks special court session on felon voting rights

(AP) Republican legislative leaders want the Supreme Court of Virginia to hold a special session to consider their lawsuit against Gov. Terry McAuliffe over voting rights for felons. GOP leaders filed a lawsuit in the court Monday in an effort ...

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Official: Feds investigate McAuliffe campaign donations

McLEAN (AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe is a subject of a federal investigation looking at donations to his gubernatorial campaign, according to a U.S. law enforcement official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak ...

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Virginia GOP files lawsuit to block felons from voting

(AP) Virginia Republicans asked state’s highest court Monday to block more than 200,000 felons from voting in November, arguing that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe abused his power by restoring the voting rights of thousands of convicts who’ve completed their sentences. ...

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US Supreme Court dismisses GOP appeal over Virginia districts

WASHINGTON (AP) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed a Republican appeal over congressional districts in Virginia. The justices on Monday left in place a decision by a lower court that said Virginia illegally packed black voters into one district ...

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Virginia jails housing thousands living in US illegally

(AP) Since 2008, Virginia’s local and regional jails have housed at least 19,882 immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to data collected by the State Compensation Board, but officials say the number is likely much higher. The Richmond Times-Dispatch ...

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