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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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Judge won’t release man who pleaded insanity in 2016 slaying

(AP) A judge has declined to release a man who was found not guilty of first-degree murder by reason of insanity in the death of a Virginia bank executive. Nigel Walker was institutionalized at Central State Hospital in 2017, after ...

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Pastor gets 8 years for $2 million fraud scheme

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A northern Virginia pastor has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a $2 million fraud scheme that victimized members of his congregation and other clergymen. A jury convicted Terry Millender, 54, the former senior pastor of ...

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Court hears ex-policeman’s appeal in black teen’s shooting

(AP) Attorneys for a former police officer who served prison time for killing a black teenager have argued his appeal before the Supreme Court of Virginia. The court heard arguments Feb. 26 in the case of Stephen Rankin, news outlets ...

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Faces changing at judicial ethics commission (access required)

Three new members will join Virginia’s Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission this year and one member will return to the panel with a new constituency. The retirement of Warren County Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier in July opened a circuit ...

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Walmart stuck with Dominion, setting up potential fight

(AP) Virginia regulators are denying Walmart’s request to buy electricity generated by someone other than the state’s two largest electric monopolies. The State Corporation Commission issued an order Feb. 25 denying Walmart’s request to stop buying electricity from Dominion Energy ...

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Dominion to appeal denial of trail crossing permit

RICHMOND (AP) Dominion Energy says it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal after a lower court declined to reconsider throwing out a permit allowing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline to cross two national forests, including parts of ...

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