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Officials deny permit for violent rally anniversary event

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Officials in Charlottesville have denied a permit requested by an organizer of the August white nationalist protest that turned violent. City Manager Maurice Jones wrote Monday that the “proposed demonstration or special event will present a danger to ...

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Former UVa, NFL player gets 40 years for investment fraud

(AP) A former University of Virginia and pro football player has been sentenced to 40 years for running a $10 million fraud scheme that victimized more than 50 investors. Federal prosecutors said in a news release that 37-year-old Merrill Robertson ...

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Court rules detective violated teen’s rights in sexting case

(AP) A federal appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against the estate of a former police detective who took explicit photos of a teenager during a “sexting” investigation. A lower court judge had tossed out the lawsuit filed by Trey ...

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Crime commission recommends expanding DNA database

(AP) The Virginia State Crime Commission has recommended expanding the list of crimes that require a convict’s DNA sample. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Monday that the legislation would add several misdemeanors to a DNA database. They include assault and battery, domestic ...

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Appeals court hears case of Russian Taliban fighter

(AP) A former Russian military officer who received a life sentence for leading a Taliban attack on U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2009 was a soldier, not a criminal, and should have been treated as a lawful combatant, his lawyer ...

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Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries. The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy ...

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Living in a van, saving on rent, before law school

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A man who’s been accepted to one of the country’s most prestigious law schools is living in a van in Charlottesville to save money on rent, The Daily Progress reported Sunday. Jeremy Kemp said he’s been accepted into the University ...

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State enlists recovering addicts to help fight drug crisis

(AP) Virginia is enlisting recovering addicts in its battle against the opioid epidemic. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Sunday that more than 1,000 peer recovery specialists have been trained by the state’s Office of Recovery Services. They’re beginning to work in opioid ...

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Fight over Trump travel restrictions back to appeals courts

SEATTLE (AP) For most of the time Syrian refugee Mohammad Al Zayed has been in the United States, judges have been wrestling with the Trump administration’s efforts to impose travel restrictions that he says would keep him from seeing relatives ...

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Report finds law enforcement failed at Charlottesville rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Law enforcement responding to a violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville this summer failed on multiple fronts, including by not adequately communicating or coordinating in advance and by removing an officer from an area where a car plowed ...

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