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Hinckley says he’s happy but lacks close friends

NORFOLK (AP) The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan told mental health professionals last year that he’s “happy as a clam” living with his mother and older brother in Virginia. John Hinckley Jr. anonymously sells books online as ...

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Longtime Republican lawmakers announce retirements

(AP) Two longtime Republican state lawmakers have announced their retirement. Del. Steve Landes and Sen. Bill Carrico both announced March 5 they were not planning to seek re-election later this year. Both represent heavily Republican districts. Carrico represents the state’s ...

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Jury recommends 30 years for guard who killed Pokemon player

CHESAPEAKE (AP) A Chesapeake jury has recommended a 30-year prison sentence for a security guard who killed a man prosecutors say was playing “Pokemon Go.” The jury recommended the sentence for 23-year-old Johnathan Cromwell on March 4, three days after ...

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Man sentenced to 63 years for $3 drug debt killing

HAMPTON (AP) A man lost his life last year for what prosecutors said was a $3 drug debt. The man convicted of first-degree murder in the death has been sentenced to 63 years in prison. A Hampton circuit judge Mar. ...

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Lawsuit settled in Ferrum College fraternity death

ROCKY MOUNT (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the 2016 hazing-related death of a Ferrum College student was settled last year. The lawsuit filed by Michael Antony Walker’s mother was settled in July for $544,000, The Roanoke Times reported. Walker ...

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Neo-Nazi group’s leader is black man who vows to dissolve it

(AP) One of the nation’s largest neo-Nazi groups appears to have an unlikely new leader: a black activist who has vowed to dismantle it. Court documents filed Feb. 28 suggest James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as ...

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Ex-teacher sentenced to 3 years in ‘celebgate’ hacking case

(AP) A former Hanover County high school teacher was sentenced March 1 to nearly three years in prison for hacking into private digital accounts of celebrities and others. Christopher Brannan was the fifth person charged in the 2014 “celebgate” scandal ...

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Northam signs bills aimed at reducing evictions

(AP) Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a package of bills aimed at reducing the state’s eviction rate. Northam announced Feb. 28 he’d signed several pieces of tenant-friendly legislation that is part of his affordable housing priorities. Among the legislation are ...

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Truck driver found not guilty in crash with chartered train

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A garbage-truck driver who drove into the path of a train carrying Republican members of Congress was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter Feb. 27 in the death of his passenger. The jury’s verdict in the trial of Dana Naylor ...

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Judge allows Abu Ghraib torture claims to go to trial

ALEXANDRIA (AP) After 10 years of delay, a federal judge has ruled that three former inmates who say they were tortured at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison can go forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor. Arlington-based CACI Premier Technology ...

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