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Jury to deliberate over Charlottesville fatal car ramming

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A jury is set to begin deliberating in the murder trial of an Ohio man accused of intentionally driving his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally, killing one woman and injuring dozens. A ...

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Teacher fights for job over transgender controversy

WEST POINT (AP) A high school teacher is fighting a recommendation to be dismissed in the wake of controversy involving a transgender student. West Point High School French teacher Peter Vlaming was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 3, news ...

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Closing arguments expected in white nationalist trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jurors in the trial of a man accused of killing a woman and injuring dozens at a white nationalist rally are expected to hear closing arguments in the case after testimony from final defense witnesses. James Alex Fields ...

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Cyanide killer’s sentencing is delayed

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) The sentencing hearing for a man who poisoned his former girlfriend with a cyanide injection was postponed because he was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth when he was wheeled into a Virginia Beach court. Joseph Merlino ...

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Virginia man admits pretending to be doctor

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A Glen Allen man has pleaded guilty to posing as a doctor and treating patients in a Newport News clinic. Vishal Patel, 31, admitted to providing false information in a Drug Enforcement Administration record and aggravated identity theft, ...

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Panel reviewing whether lawmaker used staff to run errands

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. House Ethics Committee is reviewing an allegation that Republican congressman Tom Garrett of Virginia used congressional staff to perform personal errands. The committee’s chairman and a ranking Democratic lawmaker said in a Dec. 4 news release ...

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Remorse, defiance after deadly attack at rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jurors in the trial of a man charged with ramming his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally were presented with a series of contradictions as he was alternately portrayed as remorseful and defiant ...

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Settlement reached in ‘Norfolk 4’ case

(AP) The city of Norfolk has agreed to pay $4.9 million to four former sailors who were wrongly convicted of a woman’s rape and murder based on intimidating police interrogations. A copy of the settlement agreement for the “Norfolk Four” ...

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Research project begins in area hard hit by opioids

MARTINSVILLE (AP) A new research project aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic has kicked off in Southside Virginia, an area hit hard by the drug. The Martinsville Bulletin reports that the two-year research project led by Virginia Tech has its initial meeting ...

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Roanoke plans to name courthouse after civil rights leader

ROANOKE (AP) The mayor of Roanoke has announced plans to name the city’s courthouse in honor of civil rights pioneer Oliver Hill. News outlets report that Mayor Sherman Lea made the announcement Friday after helping unveil a new state historical ...

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