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Hope, relief for transgender military families in new policy

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Like many transgender teens, Jenn Brewer faced bullying when she came out. Some classmates called her “tranny,” and a few teachers refused to address the 13-year-old by anything other than her male birth name, she said. But she ...

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Gregory credits Wilder for inspiration

(AP) For Roger Gregory, serving as the first African-American chief judge of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond takes on even greater meaning when he thinks of who else has walked the halls of the building he ...

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Attorney wants former officer’s conviction tossed

PORTSMOUTH (AP) An attorney for a former Portsmouth police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager is asking a judge to set aside the jury’s verdict. A jury found former officer Stephen Rankin guilty in connection ...

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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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