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Liberty U’s Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

(AP) Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Aug. 7 as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation’s top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among ...

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Canadian held at Farmville immigration detention center dies

(AP) A 72-year-old Canadian man has died while in custody at a privately run immigration detention center in Farmville that was the site of the largest coronavirus outbreak at a U.S. immigration facility, a federal official said. Kaitlyn Pote, a ...

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Divided Supreme Court grants eviction moratorium

(AP) The Supreme Court of Virginia has granted a second request from Gov. Ralph Northam to suspend judicial proceedings related to evictions for tenants who can’t pay rent. The court ruled 4-3 on Friday to grant a moratorium on evictions ...

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Police: Rape suspect, freed due to virus, kills accuser

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Police say that a rape suspect released from an Alexandria jail in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic went on to kill the woman who had accused him. Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was tracked down by authorities on Aug. ...

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Watchdog agency: Parole Board violated law, policies

(AP) The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in granting the release of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, according to a report from the ...

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New handgun law leads to more than 1,000 denials

(AP) More than 1,000 people have been denied the purchase of a firearm under a new law in Virginia that limits purchases to one handgun a month. Gun sellers denied 1,102 people under the law last month, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. ...

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Feds propose consent decree to ensure care at jail

WASHINGTON (AP) The Justice Department has proposed that a Virginia regional jail comply with a consent decree requiring officials to improve medical treatment for inmates, marking one of the first times the department has proposed such a resolution in the ...

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Virus-related closing extended at Richmond court

The general district criminal and traffic courts at Richmond’s John Marshall Courts Building will remain closed through Friday, Aug. 7, or until further notice, according to an announcement Aug. 4. The closure is due to COVID-19 exposure in the office, ...

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Storm pounds coast, closes many courts

Many courthouses closed for the day all along the eastern edge of Virginia as Tropical Storm Isaias brought dangerous winds and heavy rain early Aug. 4. The storm made landfall with hurricane force near Ocean Isle, North Carolina late Aug. ...

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Libyan commander responds to federal lawsuits

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A Libyan military commander who spent decades living in Virginia is now responding to two federal lawsuits accusing him of atrocities in his military campaigns. Khalifa Hifter leads the self-styled Libyan National Army. Once a lieutenant to ...

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