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Virginia high court orders hearing in man’s innocence claim

(AP) Virginia’s highest court has ordered that a hearing must be held to gather evidence in the case of a man who claims he didn’t commit a rape he pleaded guilty to nearly four decades ago. The Supreme Court of ...

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‘Jackie’ ordered to hand over documents in Rolling Stone suit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A judge says the woman at the center of a debunked Rolling Stone magazine story about a rape at the University of Virginia must hand over documents in a second defamation lawsuit. A Charlottesville circuit judge on Monday ...

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Acting attorney general is familiar with tough assignments

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Federal prosecutor Dana Boente, described by a former attorney general as a “consummate utility player,” is being asked to pinch hit again, this time in one of the most influential posts in U.S. government. President Donald Trump tapped ...

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Boente named acting attorney general

WASHINGTON (AP) In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court. The new ...

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Muslim civil rights group challenges Trump travel ban

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Muslim civil rights group has joined the legal battle to overturn President Donald Trump’s travel ban directed at seven Muslim-majority nations. The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit Monday in Alexandria U.S. District Court challenging Trump’s ...

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State likely to ease rules on marijuana

(AP) Virginia won’t be pulling a Colorado by decriminalizing marijuana this year, but the state might relax its penalties for possessing marijuana and its rules on who can use marijuana products for medical reasons. Legislators this session introduced more than ...

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Family of US passengers on German flight file lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) The family of an American mother and daughter killed when a pilot deliberately flew an airliner into a mountainside have sued the German airline, its parent company and the U.S. airline that sold them their tickets.The wrongful death ...

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Man caught in vast FBI sting gets 3 years for child porn

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man who was caught in a vast FBI child pornography sting has been sentenced to more than three years in prison. Monday’s sentencing of Edward Joseph Matish III in Norfolk comes several months after he failed ...

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Herring seeks info on detentions

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring says he has formally requested additional information from the federal government on any detentions in Virginia resulting from President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. Herring’s letter to federal officials seeks the identity of any detained ...

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Three overdose deaths reported in Winchester area

WINCHESTER (AP) Virginia police say three overdose deaths were reported in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Police say two overdose deaths on Friday occurred in Frederick County and the third in Clarke County. The deaths raise the tally of fatal overdoses ...

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