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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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Norment proposes limit on voting rights restoration

(AP) Virginia’s Senate Majority Leader says he will introduce a constitutional amendment to automatically restore voting rights for some felons, and set new barriers for others. Republican Thomas K. Norment’s announcement Thursday is the latest salvo fired in the battle ...

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Police losing battle to get drivers to put down their phones

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) State police in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been known to patrol in a tractor-trailer so they can sit up high and spot drivers texting behind the wheel. In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as a ...

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Judge rejects Rolling Stone’s bid to kill frat’s lawsuit

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A Virginia judge has denied Rolling Stone magazine’s attempt to throw out a $25 million lawsuit filed by the fraternity that was the focus on its now debunked article about a gang rape. The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at ...

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Hacker who targeted Bush family gets 4 years in prison

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Romanian hacker who targeted the Bush family, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and others was sentenced to more than four years in prison Thursday, but will be sent to Romania to serve time on a prison ...

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4th Circuit nixes bid for relief from Hamilton

(AP) A federal appeals court has denied an imprisoned former Virginia lawmaker’s bid to file a new appeal in light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s case. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn’t say in ...

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GOP claims McAuliffe defied Supreme Court (access required)

Republican General Assembly leaders are taking Gov. Terry McAuliffe back to court over his efforts to restore voting rights for convicted felons who have served their time. The Republicans Wednesday announced they would ask the Supreme Court of Virginia to ...

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Politics, shootings undercut criminal justice overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) Hopes for overhauling the nation’s criminal justice system have faded in Congress this year, undercut by a rash of summer shootings involving police and the pressure of election-year politics. Republicans, including Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and ...

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Poll: Morrissey leads race for Richmond mayor

(AP) A flamboyant lawyer and former Virginia delegate who was jailed in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl is the current front-runner in the crowded race for Richmond mayor, a new poll shows. The poll from Christopher Newport University ...

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Prosecutor asks State Police to continue inmate death probe

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A Virginia prosecutor says she has asked the Virginia State Police for additional investigative work into the death of a mentally ill inmate at a Portsmouth jail last year. Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales’ office said it received a ...

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