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Appeals court hears arguments in McDonnell case

(AP) Three federal appeals court judges focused Tuesday on whether favors then-Gov. Bob McDonnell did for a wealthy benefactor amounted to “official acts” that led to his convictions on 11 public corruption counts. McDonnell’s attorney urged a 4th U.S. Circuit of ...

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Virginia woman sentenced to 4½ years in terror-support case

(AP) A Virginia woman who tried to help a teenager join the Islamic State militant group and carry out a suicide bombing was sentenced Monday to 4½ years in federal prison for lying to the FBI about the plot. Heather ...

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Appeals court revives portion of SC racial bias lawsuit

(AP) A federal appeals court says black employees at a South Carolina steel mill can pursue a class-action lawsuit claiming racial discrimination in promotions. The lawsuit by black workers at Nucor Steel in Charleston raises claims of a racially hostile ...

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AG Herring: Localities have say over fracking

(AP)  Localities can prohibit or regulate a drilling process called hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, Virginia’s attorney general wrote in an advisory opinion. Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the nonbinding opinion at the request of Sen. Richard H. ...

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Some developments go McDonnell’s way as hearing nears

(AP) In the eight months since former Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of public corruption, a few developments have gone his way. The federal appeals court that will hear arguments Tuesday in McDonnell’s case allowed the ex-governor and his wife, ...

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Attorney admits stealing from his firm

A Bristol attorney has acknowledged pocketing fees from bankruptcy clients and keeping the money from his law firm. Tony M. Hutchinson then used his firm’s credit card to pay the court filing fees, according to a federal charge. Hutchinson, 52, ...

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Mediation today in Sweet Briar conflicts

An experienced mediator with a background in state government will try today to get the parties talking about whether there could be a future for Sweet Briar College. Mark E. Rubin, executive director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building ...

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ACLU sues Fairfax County police over license-plate data

FAIRFAX (AP) The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is suing Fairfax County police over a policy in which they store data collected on thousands of drivers through the use of license-plate readers. The civil-liberties group filed the suit Tuesday ...

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