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Author Archives: The Associated Press

4th Circuit rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

(AP) A federal appeals court has denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board’s transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the ...

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Bill to end mandatory jail time for assaults on police fails

(AP) Virginia lawmakers have killed legislation that called for eliminating mandatory jail time for assaulting a police officer, a bill that drew heated opposition from Republicans who said it would send the wrong message at a time when law enforcement ...

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3 dozen orders issued with new “red flag” gun law

(AP) At least three dozen Virginia residents have been prohibited temporarily or permanently from having firearms or purchasing them based on a new state law allowing authorities to convince a judge that a person would be a danger to themselves ...

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Supreme Court rejects Kanye West’s Virginia ballot bid

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has rejected an appeal from rapper Kanye West to appear on the state’s presidential ballot. The court’s brief Sept. 17 order upholds a lower court ruling that rejected his ballot application because he failed to ...

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Financial exec serving 30 years gets compassionate release

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A financial executive responsible for one of the largest frauds prosecuted out of the nation’s financial crisis a decade ago is being released from prison on compassionate grounds after serving just nine years of his 30-year sentence. ...

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Officers: We gave ‘chance after chance’ before 2017 shooting

FALLS CHURCH (AP) Two U.S. Park Police officers say they gave “chance after chance” to a Northern Virginia man in a stop-and-go police chase before firing 10 shots that killed the unarmed driver in 2017, according to court records. Documents ...

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Arrest warrant issued for neo-Nazi lawsuit defendant

A federal judge has issued an arrest warrant for a neo-Nazi podcaster who promoted and attended a white nationalist rally that erupted in violence three years ago. U.S. District Judge Norman Moon said Texas resident Robert “Azzmador” Ray has been in ...

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Lieutenant governor enters race for governor

FAIRFAX (AP) Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax formally kicked off his campaign for governor Sept. 12, a year after facing two allegations of sexual assault. Fairfax delivered a campaign speech at the Old Court House in Fairfax. In February 2019, Fairfax ...

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Lawyers ask judge to dismiss charges against state senator

PORTSMOUTH (AP) Attorneys for a state senator have asked a judge to dismiss charges that allege that she conspired to damage a Confederate monument. Lawyers for Sen. Louise Lucas argue that the case stems from “an illegal and unsanctioned police ...

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Senate approves sweeping police reform legislation

(AP) The state Senate has approved wide-ranging police reform legislation that would prohibit the use of chokeholds, restrict no-knock search warrants, and expand the grounds to decertify law enforcement officials who commit misconduct. The legislation passed along party lines, and ...

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