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Lumber Liquidators enters plea

NORFOLK (AP) Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty Thursday to environmental crimes related to importing flooring manufactured in China from timber illegally logged in eastern Russia, the habitat for the world’s last remaining Siberian tigers and Amur leopards. The Toano-based company entered ...

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Judges reject House gerrymander lawsuit

(AP)  A panel of federal judges has rejected a lawsuit alleging that the Virginia House of Delegates illegally packed black voters into a dozen legislative districts, a decision being hailed by state Republicans. The judges ruled 2-1 Thursday that the ...

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Roanoke doctor settles defamation claim

A Roanoke anesthesiologist who sued a trauma surgeon for critical statements he made after the death of a patient has settled his defamation claim for an undisclosed amount. The $2.35-million suit filed by Dr. Bradley J. Cashion had been cleared ...

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Dried toothpaste was no threat, court said

A Norfolk federal district court erred when it significantly increased a defendant’s sentence for sending a threatening letter to the clerk’s office that included dried, powdery toothpaste in the letter’s envelope. Enhancing the sentence was inappropriate, according to a three-judge ...

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Lawyers for inmates seek $2M in fees

Lawyers who won medical reforms for Virginia women inmates are asking a federal judge to award them more than $2 million in fees. The attorneys’ fee petition filed Tuesday follows last month’s settlement of the class action lawsuit with the ...

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