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Retired firefighter alleges discrimination because he’s gay

NORFOLK (AP) A former firefighter claims the city of Norfolk discriminated against him because he’s gay. The Virginian-Pilot reported that 55-year-old Scott Phillips-Gartner is suing the city for allegedly creating a hostile work environment. He claims he was forced to retire and ...

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Jury selection continuing slowly in white nationalist trial

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Jury selection was continuing at a slow pace Nov. 27 in the trial of an Ohio man accused of killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last year. James Alex Fields Jr. is charged with ...

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Judge defers action on request to unseal Assange charges

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Prosecutors have acknowledged to a judge that they erred when they mistakenly referenced criminal charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in an unrelated case, but they insisted the need for secrecy in the case still remains. A federal ...

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Man gets 83 years in attempted slaying of officers

CHRISTIANSBURG (AP) A Stuart man has been sentenced to 83 years in prison for pulling a gun on two Christiansburg police officers and fighting them over the weapon. The Roanoke Times reports Burdis Gene Barker Jr. was also ordered Monday to pay ...

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Man charged in white nationalist rally to argue self-defense

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) An Ohio man charged with killing a woman during a white nationalist rally in Virginia plans to argue that he believed he was acting in self-defense when he drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. A lawyer ...

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Senators recommend 2 for Western District seat (access required)

U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have recommended both a U.S. magistrate judge and a state circuit judge for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Western District. In a Nov. 21 letter to President Trump, the ...

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Jail and medical provider settle wrongful death lawsuit

PORTSMOUTH (AP) A jail in Portsmouth and its medical provider have agreed to pay $625,000 to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit. The Daily Press reported Wednesday that 60-year-old Henry Clay Stewart Jr. was being held at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail on a ...

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Lawsuit says jail’s ‘God Pod’ violates Constitution

(AP) A Muslim civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a regional jail in Prince George County, alleging that the jail has set up a Christians-only unit dubbed the “God Pod.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations says officials ...

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Probation violation adds time to man’s 49-year sentence

ROANOKE (AP) Authorities say a Virginia man’s prison sentence has been extended because he violated his probation when he shot and wounded his neighbor last year. 38-year-old Alphonzo Lewis Lawson was ordered Nov. 19 to serve four years in prison for ...

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Head of FBI’s Richmond division to retire, work for Dominion

(AP) The special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond division announced Nov. 20 that he is retiring from the bureau and going to work for Virginia’s largest electric utility. Adam Lee, 50, has worked for the FBI for 22 ...

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