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U.S. Supreme Court takes search case from Virginia

(AP) The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Sept. 28 to take two cases involving allegedly improper searches by police, one of a rental car and another to get the license plate number on a stolen a motorcycle. One case the court ...

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1 dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound in law office

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Police in northern Virginia say a man is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after reports of a shooting led to the evacuation of an office building. No one else was hurt. Fairfax County Police Chief ...

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Assault charge dropped against judge

STAFFORD (AP) A prosecutor has dropped a misdemeanor charge against a Virginia judge who was accused of assaulting a Walmart employee. Fauquier County Chief Circuit Judge Jeffrey Parker was charged Sept. 5 after he had an altercation with a store ...

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Virginia court to hear innocence claim in 1977 rape case

(AP)  The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear an innocence claim filed by a Chesapeake man who pleaded guilty to a rape 40 years ago. Roy Watford III was convicted in the rape of a 12-year-old girl in ...

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Virginia Tech professor charged with fraud in grant funding

ROANOKE (AP) A Virginia Tech professor has been accused of defrauding the university and the federal government in a case that involves more than $1 million in grant funding. Documents filed in Roanoke U.S. District Court show Yiheng Percival Zhang was charged ...

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Lawyer charged with embezzling $650K from state senator (access required)

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A lawyer has been indicted on charges he embezzled more than $650,000 from the campaign fund of Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw. David H. Miller of Fairfax, 68, made an initial appearance Sept. 25 in federal court ...

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Man convicted in ’75 slayings pleads guilty to sex assaults

MANASSAS (AP) A convicted sex offender who was sentenced Sept. 12 to 48 years in the 1975 killings of two young Maryland sisters has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two other girls in northern Virginia in 1996. Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. ...

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Abu Ghraib ex-inmates’ lawsuit moves ahead in federal court

ALEXANDRIA (AP) After nine years of fits and starts, dismissals and reinstatements, a federal lawsuit filed by one-time inmates at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq against civilian interrogators who worked there is moving ahead. “We’re not dismissing this ...

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School board asks court to dismiss transgender teen’s suit

(AP) A Virginia school board has asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a transgender teen who sued for the right to use the boys bathroom at his high school. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent ...

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Prosecutor: No charges in Haymarket police shooting

McLEAN (AP) A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who was advancing at him with a crowbar, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday. Police on Tuesday identified the teen who was shot and killed Friday as Ruben ...

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