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Kennedy could sway Supreme Court redistricting cases

WASHINGTON (AP) Justice Anthony Kennedy appears to hold the decisive vote in two Supreme Court cases involving challenges from African-American voters to electoral districts in North Carolina and Virginia. The court’s liberal and conservative justices seemed otherwise divided after arguments ...

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Rolling Stone challenges verdict in UVa defamation case

(AP) Rolling Stone magazine urged a federal judge on Monday to overturn the verdict of a jury, which found that the publication and a reporter defamed a University of Virginia administrator with their botched story about a gang rape on ...

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Virginia sees big drop in marijuana arrests

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) The number of marijuana arrests in Virginia has fallen significantly in the last few years. Charges for marijuana offenses dropped by 14 percent statewide over two years, the Daily Press reports. It’s the largest two-year drop in ...

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Lawsuit alleges counselor failed to report suicidal teen

LEESBURG (AP) The parents of an 18-year-old northern Virginia man who took his own life are suing his high-school counselor, contending he failed a duty to inform them that their son had expressed suicidal thoughts. Counselor Richard Bader’s lawyer tells ...

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Imprisoned former CIA officer fights conviction over leak

(AP) Once an employee of the powerful CIA, Jeffrey Sterling now sits behind bars at a federal prison in Colorado. He bides his time by reading and writing and working at the facility’s recreational center. Nearly two years after Sterling ...

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Prosecutor reviewing final report, evidence in jail death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Portsmouth prosecutor soon will decide if criminal charges are merited after a mentally ill man died in jail last year. The prosecutor’s office in Portsmouth said Friday that state police have completed their investigation into the death ...

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Political donor pleads guilty to investment fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A political donor and cable news commentator pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in what prosecutors described as a $30 million investment fraud scheme tied to his Virginia-based health-technology company. Sreedhar Potarazu, 51, an ophthalmologist from Potomac, ...

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US Supreme Court considers use of race in redistricting

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up a pair of cases in which African-American voters maintain that Southern states discriminated against them in drawing electoral districts. The justices are hearing arguments Monday in redistricting disputes from North Carolina ...

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Lawyers warned of bar notice scam

Lawyers in a number of states have reported receiving emails inviting them to click on a link to get more information about a bar complaint against them. Clicking the link could install malicious software that will lock up the lawyer’s ...

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Quiet settlement ends Taser lawsuit (access required)

The family of a man who died in police custody in South Boston after repeated shocks from stun guns has settled its $25 million lawsuit against police officers. Terms of the settlement were not available. Lawyers for the two sides ...

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