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Appeals court backs $10B Volkswagen emissions cheating deal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a $10 billion settlement between Volkswagen and car owners caught up in the company’s emissions cheating scandal. The deal delivered “tangible, substantial benefits” and the federal judge who approved it ...

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House speaker appeals redistricting ruling

(AP) Virginia Republicans are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a recent court ruling that 11 districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered and need to be redrawn. House Speaker Kirk Cox filed a notice of appeal July 6. A three-judge panel ...

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Lawsuit: Ship’s no-slip floor caused cornhole injury

NORFOLK (AP) The owners of a popular dinner cruise ship in Norfolk are being sued by a customer who says the ship’s no-skid flooring worked too well. The lawsuit in federal court accuses the Spirit of Norfolk cruise ship of inappropriately ...

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Police: Man dies after swallowing bag of cocaine

WAYNESBORO (AP) Authorities say a Waynesboro man choked to death after swallowing an apparent bag of cocaine during a police raid. News outlets reported 52-year-old William Tucker died July 6. Police say a drug task force and a Waynesboro police ...

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Manafort lawyers ask to move trial to Roanoke

WASHINGTON (AP) Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort have asked a federal judge to relocate a criminal trial starting later this month because of pretrial publicity. The financial crimes trial of Manafort is scheduled to start July 25 in ...

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In fatal car attack, state trial likely to precede federal

(AP) For a man accused in a deadly car attack on Charlottesville protesters, a state court trial will likely be held before he’s tried on federal hate crime charges with a possible death penalty. In a joint motion filed July 5, ...

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Judge rules against group seeking GMU gift info

FAIRFAX (AP) A Fairfax County circuit judge has ruled against a group seeking details of the Koch Foundation’s gifts to George Mason University. The Koch Foundation has given tens of millions of dollars over the years to GMU, more than any ...

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Caroline County to house adult immigrants in former jail

BOWLING GREEN (AP) Caroline county says it has reached an agreement with the federal government to use a former regional jail to detain immigrants who have entered the U.S. illegally. The county said July 3 that the five-year deal involving the facility ...

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Drivers challenge license suspensions for unpaid court debt

(AP) It can start with a couple of traffic tickets. Unable to pay the tickets right away, a driver becomes saddled with late fees, fines and court costs. Soon, the driver may be taken off the road indefinitely. More than ...

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Man convicted in 1994 slaying granted parole

NEWPORT NEWS (AP) A  man convicted in the 1994 slaying of a teen has been granted parole. The Daily Press reported July 3 that 48-year-old Nathaniel Dale Pierce is the case’s second defendant to win release. Pierce was sentenced in 1996 to ...

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