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Retailer agrees to settlement with states

NORFOLK (AP) A retailer based in Norfolk that sold furniture and other products on credit to military families has agreed to a settlement that will result in nearly $100 million of forgiven debt and restitution. Attorney General Mark Herring said ...

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Caregiver in ‘baby fight club’ gets 33 months in jail

MANASSAS (AP) A former daycare worker convicted of child cruelty in what prosecutors described as a “baby fight club” was sentenced to nearly three years in prison, the maximum term the judge could impose. A jury convicted Kierra Spriggs, 26, ...

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Man convicted in same-sex kidnap case

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A Virginia businessman was convicted Thursday of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for helping a mother take her daughter out of the country to avoid losing custody to her former partner. A federal jury in Buffalo returned ...

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Woman charged in toddler’s death not competent for trial

(AP) A judge has ruled that a woman charged with first-degree murder in the beating death of a toddler is not competent to stand trial. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that defense attorney Leonard McCall requested an evaluation of 25-year-old Danielle ...

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Discrimination suit against Catholic home resolved

(AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the former administrator of a Catholic assisted living facility who said he was fired for his sexual orientation. The judge dismissed the suit Monday after the plaintiff, John Murphy, made ...

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McAuliffe says he’s restored voting rights to 60,000

(AP) Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s restored voting and other civil rights to more than 60,000 felons since taking office. The Democratic governor made the comments Wednesday during an interview on WTOP radio. That means McAuliffe has restored voting rights ...

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Attorneys clash over what happened before officer killed man

NORFOLK (AP) Attorneys clashed in court Tuesday over whether a white police officer used excessive force when he shot and killed a mentally ill black man who was holding a knife. During opening statements for the officer’s manslaughter trial, prosecutor ...

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Attorney: Lawmaker denies assault allegations, won’t resign

(AP) An attorney for a Virginia lawmaker says her client did not assault family members in his home and won’t resign from office. Media outlets report that attorney Nicole Belote said in a statement Tuesday that state Del. Rick Morris, R-Suffolk, ...

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Judge: ‘Norfolk 4’ defendants are innocent

(AP) Two former sailors convicted of rape and murder nearly two decades ago are innocent, a federal judge said Monday, adding that “no sane human being” could find the men guilty. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. said in ...

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McAuliffe announces money for new gun law

(AP) Three local sheriffs’ offices in Virginia are set to receive about $160,000 in federal funding in return for accepting firearms from people subject to permanent protective orders. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s announced the grants Monday, saying they would go to ...

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