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Va. court affirms dad’s rights in turkey baster conception

(AP) A woman who used a turkey baster to impregnate herself is on the losing side of a legal battle over parental rights. The Virginia Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the child’s biological father is more than a sperm donor ...

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Fairfax Co. settles police shooting lawsuit for $3 million

McLEAN (AP) Fairfax County agreed Tuesday to pay nearly $3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its police officers shot and killed a man in the doorway of his home two years ago. Officer Adam Torres ...

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US intervenes in whistleblower cases against nursing homes

ALEXANDRIA (AP) The Justice Department is stepping into a long-running lawsuit against one of the nation’s largest nursing-home chains, accusing it of systematic Medicare overbilling. The department announced Tuesday that it has intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit against Toledo, Ohio-based ...

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Order outlines $3.2 million payments in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal court has released $3.2 million to be divided among seven Virginia homeowners and their lawyers from a manufacturer of defective Chinese drywall. U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s Monday order outlines payments ranging from $67,639 to ...

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Maureen McDonnell: Corruption trial was unfair

(AP) Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial ...

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Group asks court to halt Sweet Briar closure

AMHERST (AP) Another legal complaint has been filed seeking to halt the closure of Sweet Briar College. The complaint alleges breach of contract against the private women’s college and President James Jones. The complaint also alleges interference by Jones. A ...

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Second settlement in the works in prescription fraud case

Three years after a major drug manufacturer agreed to pay $1.5 billion to resolve claims it promoted an anti-seizure drug for unapproved purposes, government lawyers are close to settling with another company accused of helping the illicit promotion. The whistleblower ...

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Falsified documents lead to lawyer’s 18-month suspension

A Northern Virginia lawyer has agreed to both disbarment in Washington and an 18-month suspension in Virginia in separate proceedings. The Virginia discipline of Karen G. Loulakis of Great Falls is based on her admission that she notarized and back-dated ...

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ABC arrest powers under scrutiny

(AP) A Virginia alcohol-law enforcement agency that has sparked public outrage over two high-profile arrests has investigated three complaints of excessive use of force by its officers in the last five years, according to data obtained by The Associated Press ...

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Lawmakers approve $100 per year gift cap

(AP) Virginia lawmakers passed new gift limits Friday that will make it much more difficult for them to be wined and dined by deep-pocketed lobbyists. Part of a wide-ranging ethics reform legislation passed includes a $100-a-year cap on gifts, including ...

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