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Man admits trying to help Islamic State

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A northern Virginia man pleaded guilty Monday to trying to help the Islamic State group after a sting operation caught him buying gift cards and filming potential landmarks in the D.C. region as targets. Haris Qamar, 26, of ...

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Jury seated for Rolling Stone defamation trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A jury has been seated in the defamation trial against Rolling Stone over its now discredited story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia. The jury of eight women and two men was seated Monday. Only ...

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Lawyer cleared of larceny charge (access required)

An Augusta County lawyer is free of a felony grand larceny charge after showing that a former client, not the lawyer, was responsible for phony pay records submitted in a personal injury claim, his attorney said. Prosecutors dropped the criminal ...

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Rolling Stone heading to trial over debunked story

RICHMOND (AP) For the first time since Rolling Stone magazine’s shocking story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia hit shelves two years ago, the public may hear from the young woman at the center of the ...

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Inmate died of perforated ulcer

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia medical examiner says a 60-year-old jail inmate died of a perforated stomach ulcer two days after he was denied medical care. Donna Price of the Norfolk medical examiner’s office told the Daily Press that Henry Stewart ...

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Union official admits embezzling $1M

NORFOLK (AP) The former financial secretary for the International Longshoremen’s Association has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $1 million from the union over a 10-year period. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release that 48-year-old Robert Smith ...

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Lawsuit: Electric meters caused illness (access required)

A Rockingham County woman claims she was sickened by power company “smart meters” installed at her rural home. She is suing Virginia Electric and Power Company claiming she suffered mood swings, concentration trouble, insomnia, memory loss, ringing in her ears ...

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Woman claims 8-hour interrogation after campus rape

(AP) An Old Dominion University student who reported she was raped in her dorm room is charging that campus police prevented her from getting a medical exam to preserve evidence until after she was interrogated for almost eight hours. Her ...

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Reservist fired by Liberty University files suit (access required)

A U.S. Army reservist says he was fired by Liberty University for missing time at work for military service. Specialist Christopher Taylor contended his firing as a university transit operator was a violation of the law that protects civilian jobs ...

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Officer gets 2.5 years in death of unarmed teen

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth judge sentenced a white, former police officer to 2 ½ years in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting. Circuit Judge Johnny Morrison sentenced Stephen Rankin to the term recommended by ...

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