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2nd trial set in same-sex custody case

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Virginia businessman with ties to conservative Christian groups that condemn homosexuality is set to go on trial in New York on charges he helped a woman and her daughter flee the country rather than share custody ...

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McDonnell owes more than $10 million to lawyers

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) Former Gov. Bob McDonnell still owes more than $10 million to the lawyers who ultimately got his federal corruption conviction overturned. His sister Maureen McDonnell told reporters Friday that he’s still in debt to two law firms ...

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Feds charge 2 with hacking US officials

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Two North Carolina men were arrested Thursday and charged in connection with a computer hacker network that allegedly targeted CIA Director John Brennan and other senior government officials. Federal prosecutors in Alexandria said Andrew Otto Boggs, 22, known ...

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Authorities change their tune after arresting opera singer

ALEXANDRIA (AP)  Authorities in Alexandria changed their tune after looking into the case of an opera singer who was arrested for making too much noise, reports said Thursday. The commonwealth’s attorney dropped a noise violation charge against Krista Clouse for ...

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Feds to drop charges against McDonnell

(AP) Federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on Thursday, more than two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his conviction. Prosecutors indicated in court filings they do not want to pursue ...

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Woods Rogers acquires Lynchburg firm (access required)

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Another Roanoke law firm now has a foothold in the Lynchburg legal market. Woods Rogers PLC of Roanoke is combining with Edmunds & Williams PC, Lynchburg’s longest established firm, in a market dominated by the growing health care business Centra ...

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LeClair to settle HDL claim (access required)

The LeClairRyan law firm will pay more than $20 million to settle claims arising from its work for now-bankrupt Richmond lab services company Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc., according to a proposal filed in bankruptcy court. The firm also will abandon ...

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AG Herring seeks US probe of regional jail

(AP) Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the Justice Department to investigate a regional jail after the deaths of two inmates. Herring said Friday in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch that he wants a “trusted, independent ...

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AP Interview: Teen at center of transgender bathroom fight

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(AP) College applications and high school graduation are the biggest worries for most 17-year-olds. For Gavin Grimm, it’s waiting for the nation’s highest court to decide whether he can use the boys restroom. Grimm, who was born female but identifies ...

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General Motors settles 2 bellwether ignition switch cases

DETROIT (AP) General Motors Co. has settled two federal court cases related to its defective ignition switches, but its legal troubles stemming from the switches are far from over. GM settled the cases for an undisclosed amount, plaintiffs’ attorney Bob ...

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