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Veteran claim records discovered in storage

(AP) Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a criminal investigation after applications for veterans’ benefits were found in a storage unit belonging to a former state employee who was fired last year for mishandling records, officials said Friday. Between 20 ...

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Political donor charged in $30M investment fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A well-heeled political donor and committee member at this summer’s Democratic National Convention was arrested Thursday and charged with using his health technology company to run a $30 million investment fraud scheme. Sreedhar Potarazu, an ophthalmologist from Potomac, ...

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Officer acquitted in fatal shooting

NORFOLK (AP) A Norfolk jury on Thursday acquitted a white police officer who had been charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill black man holding a knife. Norfolk police Officer Michael Edington faced one count of voluntary manslaughter ...

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Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony

ARLINGTON (AP) Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a “remarkable judge and teacher” who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history. Speaking Thursday at ...

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Virginia AG: ‘Ballot selfies’ not illegal

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general says it’s not against the law for Virginia voters to take photos of their ballots for publication on social media. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Attorney General Mark R. Herring said in a Sept. 29 opinion that ...

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Initiative aims to connect abuse victims to services

(AP) Some Virginia law enforcement officials are being equipped with cellphones that will help them connect domestic violence victims to services. Through a partnership with Attorney General Mark Herring, Verizon Wireless is loaning 500 mobile phones to Virginia law enforcement officers to ...

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Phone scammers demand money for missed jury duty

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Authorities in Virginia city are investigating dozens of reports that involve a jury duty scam. Scam artists have called several people in Virginia Beach and demanded a fee for missing jury duty, The Virginian-Pilot reports. The most ...

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Mother sues officer in fatal shooting

SUFFOLK (AP)  A woman is suing a Virginia police officer who shot and killed her son while he was carrying a BB gun. Media outlets report attorneys for Corey Achstein’s mother filed the $8 million wrongful death lawsuit Monday against ...

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Hanover will be latest community with drug treatment court

HANOVER (AP) Hanover is poised to become the latest Virginia community with a special drug treatment court docket aimed at combating substance abuse. Hanover Circuit Court Chief Judge J. Overton Harris tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch that the drug treatment project ...

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Justices won’t hear death row inmate appeals

(AP) Two of Virginia’s death row inmates were turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday. The high court declined to hear the appeals of Ivan Teleguz, who was convicted of hiring a man to kill his ex-girlfriend; and ...

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