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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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Va. judge blocks order to detain green card holders

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A federal judge in Virginia issued a temporary restraining order that for one week will block green card holders arriving at Dulles International Airport from being removed from the country. The order, issued Saturday by U.S. District Judge ...

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House panel OKs bills targeting opioid crisis

(AP) A House committee has approved seven bills aimed at fighting the opioid crisis in Virginia. The legislation would limit the prescription of medications containing opioids, establish guidelines for the use of opioids to treat pain and make opioid overdose ...

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Senate votes to increase felony threshold

(AP) The Virginia Senate has advanced a bill that would increase the threshold of what is considered a felony larceny. The bill the chamber passed Thursday would increase the amount from $200 to $500. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe proposed the ...

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‘Fatal Vision’ surgeon pursues appeal, insists he’s innocent

(AP) For nearly 50 years, Jeffrey MacDonald has consistently denied that he brutally killed his pregnant wife and two young daughters in their apartment on the Fort Bragg Army base in North Carolina. Now 73 and still behind bars, the ...

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