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Court of Appeals denies appeal of ex-officer

(AP) A former Portsmouth police officer convicted of shooting an unarmed teen has lost an appeal. Portsmouth’s prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the Court of Appeals of Virginia denied the petition for appeal. Stephen Rankin was convicted ...

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Lawyers urge governor to halt inmate’s execution

(AP) Attorneys for a Virginia inmate convicted of killing two people during an escape in 2006 are asking Gov. Terry McAuliffe to spare his life. William Morva’s attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a clemency petition urging the Democratic ...

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Title IX investigation closed at Liberty University

LYNCHBURG (AP) The U.S. Office for Civil Rights is closing a Title IX investigation at Liberty University, saying it lacks jurisdiction over an off-campus sex assault allegation against a university employee. In a June 15 letter to university President Jerry ...

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State handing out $83M in criminal justice grants

(AP) More than $83 million in grants is going to Virginia localities, organizations and state agencies to support programs and services related to the criminal justice system. Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office says 58 domestic violence and sexual assault shelters across ...

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Virginia joins probe into companies’ role in opioid crisis

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general and the top attorneys in other states are investigating whether opioid manufacturers have used unlawful marketing and sales practices. Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement on Thursday that the bipartisan group of attorneys general ...

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Pence hires Cullen for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) Vice President Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel from Virginia to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Pence’s office confirmed Thursday that he retained Richard Cullen, chairman ...

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Congress seeks normalcy, heads back to work after shooting

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The business of the House was resuming a day after a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, critically wounding House GOP Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana and hitting aides and Capitol ...

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Congressman shot at baseball practice in Alexandria

WASHINGTON (AP) House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, officials said. His wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Alexandria police said a suspect in the shooting was in custody. ...

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Rolling Stone to pay $1.65M in second settlement

(AP)  Rolling Stone agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a rape on campus, the fraternity said Tuesday. The settlement closes the final chapter of ...

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State appeals new sentencing hearings for sniper Malvo

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general is appealing new sentencing hearings for convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo. Last month, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson ruled Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings in Fairfax and Spotsylvania counties because of a U.S. Supreme ...

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