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Babbette Smith North fire contained quickly, but damage to room and floor

   by Alyssa Powell A fire broke out in a Norfolk State University Babbette Smith North dorm room. On Friday, April 18 around 12:30 p.m., Norfolk’s Fire Department and University police responded to a triggered alarm in Babbette Smith North also known as the “Towers Girls’ Side” or “Freshman Girl’s Dorm.” The fire’s flames caused [...]

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USAF: Colombia crash caused by plane hitting hill

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Air Force investigators say a plane crash that killed four people in Colombia this past fall occurred when the plane’s pilots failed to stay over water and slammed into a hill. In October, three Americans and one Panamanian were killed while conducting drug surveillance. Two U.S. contractors on the [...]

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9th suspect in NC kidnapping turns self in to FBI

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A woman facing charges in the kidnapping of a North Carolina prosecutor’s father has turned herself in to authorities. The FBI says Patricia Kramer turned herself in to the FBI in Atlanta Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 morning. She was one of nine people indicted Tuesday in the April 5 [...]

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Report: Legal gay marriage could boost Va. economy

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Legalizing gay marriage in Virginia could create hundreds of jobs and generate up to $60 million in spending over three years as same-sex couples spend thousands on their nuptials and out-of-town guests come to celebrate with them, according to a study by a UCLA think tank. In February, a federal [...]

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Va. Beach mulls arena that could lure NBA, NHL

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Beach metropolitan area is one of the largest in the country without a major professional sports team, and numerous attempts to lure one here have repeatedly left sports fans in the area disappointed. The area’s most recent flirtation with the NBA was rebuffed just last year after [...]

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ODU helps develop evacuation model for disasters

  VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — It took nine hours to get most of the people to the interstate across the river when the zombies closed in on Charleston, W.Va. If a major road had been rendered impassable (as has been known to happen in such attacks), the authorities could have jumped on a computer [...]

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Spacewalking astronauts tackle urgent repair job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace a dead computer and get their orbiting home back up to full strength. The two Americans on board, Rick Mastracchio (muh-STRAK’-ee-oh) and Steven Swanson, stepped out Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 for the urgent repair job. The computer is a critical backup [...]

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E-cig industry awaits looming federal regulation

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about the popular devices. The Food and Drug Administration will propose rules for e-cigarettes as early as this month. The rules will have big implications for a [...]

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Woman accused in babies’ deaths appears in court

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Prosecutors have been granted more time to determine what charges to file against a Utah woman accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage. Megan Huntsman, 39, was in court Monday wearing a baggy prison jumpsuit, her hands and ankles shackled. She mostly [...]

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Va. Gov. McAuliffe touts first 100 days in office

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his first 100 days in office Monday by highlighting his work to improve the state’s economy and by renewing his call to expand Medicaid eligibility to low-income residents. The Democratic governor gathered state agency heads at the Library of Virginia to talk about improvements in transportation, health care, [...]

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Shooting reported at federal courthouse in Utah

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A shooting inside a federal courthouse in Salt Lake City on Monday, April 21st, 2014 left at least one person injured, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney said. The shooting occurred in connection with a gang-related trial, U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Melodie Rydalch said. Police were called to [...]

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