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Violence in Charlottesville leads to soul-searching at ACLU

NEW YORK (AP) Faced with an angry backlash for defending white supremacists’ right to march in Charlottesville, the American Civil Liberties Union is confronting a feeling among some of its members that was once considered heresy: Maybe some speech isn’t ...

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Family settles suit against Perdue, trucking firm over crash

CAPE CHARLES (AP) A family has settled a lawsuit against Perdue Farms and a trucking company over the death of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy whose farm tractor was struck by a semi-truck carrying chicken. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that the suit ...

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Attorney: Child cruelty case against lawmaker to be dropped

SUFFOLK (AP) An attorney says prosecutors will drop domestic violence charges against a state lawmaker. A trial was scheduled to begin Wednesday for Del. Rick Morris. The 48-year-old was accused of harming his stepson at home last year. Charges filed ...

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Office worker gets 3.5 years for poisoning coffee

LEESBURG (AP) A Virginia woman has been sentenced to more than three years in prison for poisoning her coworkers’ coffee with Windex and dish soap. Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney Jim Plowman announced the sentence Thursday for 33-year-old Mayda Rivera Juarez ...

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Family settles with PETA over death of girl’s dog

NORFOLK (AP) A family has settled a lawsuit against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for taking a girl’s unattended dog and euthanizing it, ending an attempt to effectively put PETA on trial for euthanizing hundreds of animals ...

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Maryland judge denies DC sniper Malvo’s bid for new sentence

(AP) Lee Boyd Malvo, who as a teenager participated in the sniper attacks that killed 10 people and terrorized the Washington region, will not get a new sentence in Maryland, a judge said in a ruling released Wednesday. Malvo’s attorneys ...

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Police response scrutinized after rally violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The Charlottesville police chief said he “absolutely” regrets violence that erupted over the weekend when dozens of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counterprotesters. As the world watched pandemonium unfold live on television Saturday, officers ...

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Federal civil rights investigations target school systems

(AP) Federal investigations are looking into whether African-American students are discriminated against by Virginia school systems. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that as of April, the U.S. education department’s Civil Rights office opened probes into Chesterfield, Henrico and Richmond schools. It’s unclear when ...

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Anthem to stop selling individual plans in much of Virginia

NORFOLK (AP) A third insurance company said Friday that it will stop offering individual health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act next year in Virginia, citing in part the uncertainty in Washington as lawmakers debate the future of the ...

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Suspect in deadly car ramming due in court

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An Ohio man accused of plowing his car into counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally in Virginia was set to make his first court appearance Monday. Col. Martin Kumer, superintendent at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said 20-year-old James ...

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