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Convicted hacker called to testify to grand jury

FALLS CHURCH (AP) A convicted hacker who’s serving 10 years in prison for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies has been called to testify to a federal grand jury in Virginia. Supporters of Jeremy Hammond, part ...

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Companies deny wrongdoing in fatal helicopter crash

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The company that manufactured a helicopter that crashed and killed two Virginia state troopers monitoring a white nationalist rally says it’s not guilty of negligence and fraud. Widows Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed a lawsuit in June that accuses ...

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LeClairRyan files for bankruptcy (access required)

The Richmond-based law firm of LeClairRyan filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 3 amid departing lawyers and declining revenues, asking a judge to oversee its liquidation plan. The firm reportedly owes about $6.8 million to its primary lender, but has come ...

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Former Abingdon officials sue town (access required)

Two former Abingdon officials – including the long-time town attorney – are suing the town for money damages claiming they were forced to quit amid a “toxic environment” of increased politicization. Deborah C. Icenhour – who resigned last summer after ...

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Appeals court reinstates lawsuit in SC church shooting

(AP) A lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed a South Carolina man to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a Charleston church has been reinstated by a federal appeals court. ...

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Judge refuses to order animals returned to roadside zoo

WINCHESTER (AP) A Frederick County judge has refused to order the return of more than 100 animals to a roadside zoo that has a history of complaints. General District Court Judge Charles Foley ruled Aug. 29 that Wilson’s Wild Animal ...

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Virginia Beach lawyer surrenders license (access required)

A lawyer already serving a four-year license suspension has agreed to have his license revoked in the face of a new bar complaint. Andrew I. Becker of Virginia Beach consented to disbarment in an affidavit signed Aug. 28. The revocation ...

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‘Conservative’ string attached to $50 million law school gift

FAIRFAX (AP) A $50 million gift made earlier this year to Virginia’s largest public university was given specifically to “promote the conservative principles of governance,” newly released documents show, raising concerns from critics that it compromises academic freedom at the ...

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Feds: Drug ring had enough cheap fentanyl to kill 14 million

NORFOLK (AP) Law enforcement officials say they’ve taken down a multi-state drug ring and seized enough cheap fentanyl from China to kill 14 million people. The bust was announced Aug. 29 in the wake of growing efforts to stem the flow ...

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Regulators: Dominion’s profits $277 million too high

(AP) Virginia’s largest electric utility earned $277 million more in profits last year than what regulators say is reasonable and its customers could see huge bill increases in coming years, state regulators said in a new report. The Virginia State ...

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