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Fired coal miners win case against mine owner

ABINGDON (AP) A federal judge is siding with about 100 miners who say they were fired without first receiving a federally required 60 day warning. According to media reports, U.S. District Judge James Jones ruled Thursday and said the miners ...

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After McDonnell verdict: Appeals and more danger for politicians

The Bob and Maureen McDonnell convictions signal a new and dangerous climate for elected officials tempted by the gifts and favors that come with political power, observers say. As the weeping and shouting subsided following the resounding litany of guilty ...

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McDonnell, wife guilty of public corruption

(AP) Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted Thursday of taking bribes to promote a dietary supplement in a corruption case that derailed the career of the onetime rising Republican star and laid bare the couple’s broken marriage. ...

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Fired cop can try case against chief, judge rules

A town police officer who was fired for criticizing his own department as he ran for election to the town council can take his civil rights retaliation claim to a jury, a federal judge decided. Former Saltville police officer Randall ...

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Jury ends day 2 of talks in McDonnell trial

(AP) Jurors put in a full day of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the public corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. They began reviewing five weeks of testimony and scores of exhibits Tuesday ...

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Family sues Fairfax police over fatal shooting

SPRINGFIELD (AP) The longtime partner of a Virginia man fatally shot by Fairfax County police is suing the department for $12 million. In the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court, the partner of 46-year-old John Geer of Springfield accuses the ...

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McDonnell corruption case goes to jury

(AP) The corruption case that could send former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife to federal prison was in the hands Tuesday of jurors who must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin ...

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Court agrees with Va., Md. in state boundary case

(AP) A Maryland court has weighed in on a dispute over the state boundaries of Virginia and Maryland along the Potomac River. At issue was whether the state line between the states moved over time as the profile of the ...

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Northern Virginia lawyer charged with embezzlement

A Loudoun County lawyer has been indicted in Fauquier County on six counts of embezzlement and one count of money laundering in a case involving client money, officials say. L. Lee Bean III of Sumerduck, in Fauquier County, was arrested ...

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Tobacco commission grants go to Kilgore family connections

(AP) A Virginia commission that invests money from a national tobacco settlement gave $21 million to an economic development group and a telephone cooperative run by family members of the commission’s powerful chairman, according to a review of grants by ...

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