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Roommates testify at hearing in student slaying case

FREDERICKSBURG (AP) The man accused in the April slaying of his roommate and fellow University of Mary Washington student said he had a physical confrontation with the woman before she was found bound and strangled, the victim’s other roommates testified ...

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Nighttime search on daytime warrant was invalid

Executing a daytime search warrant at night violates the Fourth Amendment, a federal appeals court said today, even when the officers bumped up the search time by only one hour, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. In 2009, the 4th ...

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Lawyers in a jam when clients point fingers at one another

Criminal lawyers could have to walk away from two clients under a scenario recently examined by the Legal Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Bar. If one client volunteers to dish dirt on another client in an unrelated matter, the ...

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Bingo player wins chance to recover for slip-and-fall

A bingo winner in 2012 scored another victory three years later when she overcame a charitable immunity defense to her injury claim against a volunteer fire company. Vilas, North Carolina, resident Wanda Councill was a winner at the bingo hall ...

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Charges dropped against student bloodied during arrest

(AP) Charges have been dropped against a University of Virginia student whose bloody arrest sparked a public uproar and a state police investigation, a prosecutor said Thursday. Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney David Chapman said he made the decision after reviewing results ...

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Teen pleads guilty to helping friend join Islamic State

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A 17-year-old who otherwise would have been graduating with honors from high school this week instead pleaded guilty Thursday to terrorism charges for helping another teen travel to Syria to join the Islamic State. Ali Shukri Amin of ...

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Law firm bookkeeper sentenced to 2 years for fraud

A former bookkeeper who stole from a Hillsville lawyer’s office to support her online gambling has been sentenced to two years in federal prison and ordered to repay $960,809. Patricia E. Chinault, 72, who lived in Florida, admitted to taking ...

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Jesse Matthew enters plea in ’05 sex assault

FAIRFAX (AP) Jesse Matthew pleaded guilty Wednesday without acknowledging he committed a crime, entering an Alford plea on charges that he attacked and molested a woman in Virginia in 2005. The plea in the decade-old assault came midtrial, after three ...

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Guardrail maker to pay $663M for not revealing design change

DALLAS (AP) A federal judge ordered a Texas company to pay $663 million in damages for failing to tell the government about design changes to highway guardrails that critics say made the systems more dangerous. Trinity Industries Inc. said Tuesday ...

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Supreme Court offers hope for Sweet Briar backers

The Supreme Court of Virginia delivered victory on a key issue Tuesday for supporters of Sweet Briar College who hope to prevent a planned closing of the school. The court stated that the law of trusts can apply to a ...

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