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Gay man fired from Catholic home files federal lawsuit

(AP) A Virginia man has filed a federal lawsuit against a Catholic diocese-owned assisted living home that he says fired him because he’s gay. John Murphy served as executive director of the Saint Francis Home for about a week before ...

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Complaint: Black students punished more harshly than whites

(AP) Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia’s capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. ...

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Voting rights again restored for 13K felons

(AP) A defiant Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that he again restored the voting rights of about 13,000 felons who served their time after his previous attempt was thwarted by Republican lawmakers and the Supreme Court of Virginia. Virginia’s highest ...

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Camel bite brings $155k settlement

NATURAL BRIDGE (AP) A 10-year-old girl who was bitten by a camel at a safari park in Virginia will get a $155,000 settlement. Citing court documents, local media outlets reported last week that Madison Holland’s family reached a settlement with ...

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AG opposes exoneration in rape case

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general is opposing an effort to exonerate a man serving a 153-year prison sentence for a sexual assault more than two decades ago. The Innocence Project filed papers in the Supreme Court of Virginia in June arguing ...

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Jail video offers few answers on inmate death

PORTSMOUTH (AP) One year later, many questions loom about how a mentally ill man accused of stealing $5 worth of junk food died behind bars in Virginia. Security footage retained by the jail is unlikely to provide answers. The Hampton ...

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Ex-SEAL to pay $6.6 million to settle case over book

WASHINGTON (AP) The former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about his role in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden will pay the government more than $6.6 million for violating non-disclosure agreements and publishing without getting the document cleared ...

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Change sought in impeachment rule

A Virginia court committee is proposing to allow litigators to impeach their own witnesses, bringing the Virginia impeachment rule in line with those used in most other U.S. courts. The Advisory Committee on Rules of Court, a panel of the ...

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Ex-Del. Hamilton seeks relief after McDonnell ruling

(AP) A former Virginia lawmaker serving a nearly 10-year prison sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction hopes the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case could set him free. Phil Hamilton asked the 4th U.S. ...

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Woman guilty of perjury in Lyon sisters case

BEDFORD (AP) A woman accused of impeding an investigation into the slayings of two missing Maryland sisters 41 years ago has been found guilty of perjury. Patricia Welch entered an Alford plea in a Bedford County courtroom Tuesday to the ...

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