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NSU student attacked by police dog

  by Shareen Nicholson Norfolk State University student London Colvin has filed use of force complaints against the Norfolk Police Department after Colvin attended an off-campus party in the 2900 block of Bayne Avenue. Colvin claims she was attacked by a Norfolk Police dog after refusing to answer questions when the police arrived following an [...]

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UVa. hires security firm to guide students to safety

  CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) — The University of Virginia has contracted with an international security firm to guide vulnerable students to safety in Charlottesville neighborhoods near campus. The university says the unarmed security guards will be called ambassadors. The ambassadors may help walk students home, call a safe ride or wait with them at a [...]

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Va. Senate panel rejects marijuana decriminalization bill

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to eliminate jail time for marijuana possession in Virginia, instead making it punishable by a maximum $100 civil penalty, has been quickly snuffed out by a Republican-controlled Senate panel. The state Senate Courts of Justice Committee rejected Sen. Adam Ebbin’s decriminalization bill Wednesday on a party-line 9-5 vote. [...]

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Fugitive treasure hunter nabbed in Florida after 2-year hunt

  A treasure hunter locked in a legal battle over one of the greatest undersea hauls in American history has been arrested in Florida after more than two years on the lam, authorities said Wednesday. The U.S. Marshals Service tracked Tommy Thompson to a Hilton hotel in West Boca Raton and arrested him Tuesday, said [...]

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Book inspired by Va. woman who writes to service members

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Everlene Brewer didn’t know the sailor and never expected to get to know him. The 76-year-old polio survivor explained that she had read in her hometown newspaper about a Navy officer deployed on the aircraft carrier George Washington. She thought he might like to receive a letter. “I just told [...]

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Va. man sentenced, fined for keeping dead dogs on property

    LOVINGSTON, Va. (AP) — A Nelson County man must pay more than $3,000 in fines following his guilty plea to keeping dead dogs and canine body parts on his property. Animal control officers discovered the dead dogs and body parts at 60-year-old Bruce Pfeifer’s home in Afton in February 2011. The News & [...]

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Book inspired by Va. woman who writes to service members

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Everlene Brewer didn’t know the sailor and never expected to get to know him. The 76-year-old polio survivor explained that she had read in her hometown newspaper about a Navy officer deployed on the aircraft carrier George Washington. She thought he might like to receive a letter. “I just told [...]

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Va.Beach residents use blue lights to support police.

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Have you seen the blue? It glows off front porches, where some residents have been replacing their usual light bulbs with blue ones. They’re doing it to show support for police officers – a reminder that their work and the risks they take are appreciated. “There’s definitely a lot of [...]

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Ex-tax franchise store owner in Va. sentenced for ID theft

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A former Eastern Shore tax franchise store owner will spend two years in prison for aggravated identity theft.  U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente says 41-year-old Sherry R. Kelley of Exmore used about 20 clients’ identity information to obtain 30 lines of credit from H&R Block Bank. She made thousands of dollars’ [...]

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Measles outbreak casts spotlight on anti-vaccine movement

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have [...]

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Adrian Vargas, Santiago Medina, Rodrigo Salas

  GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Eastern Montana residents rushed to stock up on bottled water Tuesday after authorities detected a cancer-causing component of oil in public water supplies downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill. Elevated levels of benzene were found in water samples from a treatment plant that serves about 6,000 people in the [...]

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