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Accuser still wants Fairfax to resign

(AP) The first of two women to accuse Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault says she still wants him to resign. CBS News released excerpts March 31 of its interview with Vanessa Tyson, who said Fairfax forced her to perform oral ...

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Drugmaker sues after port shipment falls in river

NORFOLK (AP) A New Jersey-based drug manufacturer has filed a federal lawsuit after its shipment at a Hampton Roads port fell into the Elizabeth River. The newly filed lawsuit stems from a July mishap in which eight large containers toppled ...

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Governor’s push for handheld cellphone ban appears doomed

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam’s effort to ban motorists from holding cellphones while driving appears doomed. House Speaker Kirk Cox spokesman Parker Slaybaugh said the speaker believes an amendment Northam is proposing is out of order. Such a ruling by the ...

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Life sentence ordered for murder of Muslim teen

FAIRFAX (AP) A Fairfax County man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and killing a Muslim teenager as she walked back to a mosque with friends for pre-dawn religious services. The life sentence without possibility of parole ...

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Mistrial ends trial of defendant who thought murder victim was werewolf

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A jury has deadlocked and a mistrial has been declared in a Northern Virginia murder case in which the defendant said he thought his victim was a werewolf. The Alexandria Circuit Court judge dismissed the jurors March 27 ...

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Survivor of deadly bus crash sues for $10.4 million

PRINCE GEORGE (AP) A New York woman is suing the driver and operators of a bus that overturned on an Interstate 95 exit in Virginia, killing two people and injuring dozens. Kevin Biniazan, an attorney for 40-year-old Shivon Dollar-Moore of ...

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Driver pleads to hate crimes in deadly attack at rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) In a case that stirred racial tensions across the country, a self-avowed white supremacist pleaded guilty March 27 to federal hate crime charges in a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, admitting that he intentionally ...

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Five more localities sue opioid manufacturers

ROANOKE (AP) Five cities and counties in Virginia have filed lawsuits against drugmakers seeking compensation for the public-health fallout from the opioid-addiction crisis. The cities of Bristol, Roanoke and Salem, along with Roanoke and Alleghany counties, are the most recent ...

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Northam names new juvenile justice boss

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed a new boss of the state’s juvenile justice department. Northam announced March 26 that he was appointing Valerie Boykin, a current deputy director, as the department head. Boykin is from Suffolk and first joined ...

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Man convicted in Charlottesville attack plans to change plea

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A man convicted in a deadly car attack on a crowd of counterprotesters at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville is expected to change his plea to federal hate crime charges Wednesday. James Alex Fields Jr., of Maumee, ...

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