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Woman sues airline over spilled coffee

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) A Virginia woman is suing Qatar Airways over claims that a flight attendant spilled hot coffee on her. Zahra Azizkhani of Virginia Beach is seeking $850,000, WAVY-TV reports. She claims a flight attendant dropped “scalding hot” coffee ...

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Client communication problems bring reprimand (access required)

A Williamsburg-area lawyer has been reprimanded by a Virginia State Bar discipline subcommittee for communication problems with five clients. Two of the clients told the bar that lawyer David M. McCormick of Lightfoot failed to notify them when he sold ...

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4th Circuit to allow audio broadcast of travel ban hearing

(AP) People across the country will get to listen in real time to arguments over President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban before a federal appeals court. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Wednesday that C-SPAN will get to ...

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Somali pirate gets life for attack on Navy ship

NORFOLK (AP) A Somali pirate has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in attacking a U.S. Navy ship. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 31-year-old Mohamed Farah was among seven pirates who tried to commandeer the USS Ashland ...

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Group appeals redistricting case to Virginia Supreme Court

(AP) A redistricting advocacy group has appealed a judge’s decision upholding 11 Virginia House and Senate districts. OneVirginia2021 said Wednesday that it has appealed the case to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The group argues that lawmakers during the 2011 ...

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Patricia Cornwell returns to beginnings as crime novelist

CHESTERFIELD (AP) Patricia Cornwell has gone back to her beginnings, the place where she got her start writing crime novels. She’s returned to the Chesterfield County Police Department, where media outlets reported that she’s taking a weeklong course on reconstructing ...

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Suit against officer who shot man ends in mistrial

NORFOLK (AP) Jurors have failed to reach a verdict in a civil case that stems from a police-involved shooting. A federal judge in Norfolk declared a mistrial on Tuesday, The Virginian-Pilot reports. Jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked after 14 ...

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Judge officially removes jailed treasurer from office

NORFOLK (AP) A judge has permanently removed Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot from office following his conviction for selling his City Council votes to developers. The Virginian-Pilot reported Monday that a replacement has yet to be named. Burfoot started serving a ...

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State questions whether to release older prisoners

(AP) When Virginia abolished parole to great fanfare in 1995, a safety valve of sorts was put in place: “Geriatric release.” That is, inmates 60 and older are considered annually for release, regardless of their sentence, so long as they ...

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Conservative group challenges abortion regulation changes

RICHMOND (AP) The conservative Family Foundation of Virginia is filing a legal challenge over the way the state did away with restrictive regulations for abortion centers. The group said Friday it filed an administrative appeal in Henrico County Circuit Court ...

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