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US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely. In a surprise announcement Friday, April 18, as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more [...]

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Va. justices: Academic emails can be withheld

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a conservative group’s attempt to obtain a University of Virginia climate researcher’s emails. The justices said retired Arlington Circuit Judge Paul Sheridan was right when he ruled that Michael Mann’s emails are proprietary records dealing with scholarly research and therefore are exempt [...]

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Students object to Confederate flags on Va. campus

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A group of law students at Washington and Lee University is demanding the school banish the Confederate flag from its Lexington campus and repudiate one of its namesakes, Gen. Robert E. Lee. The students also want the private liberal arts college to end the practice of allowing “neo-Confederates” to march [...]

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Va. gov. changes policies on felons’ voting rights

      RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced policy changes Friday that will make it easier for violent felons and drug offenders to regain their voting rights. The waiting period for violent felons to apply for restoration of rights has been reduced to three years from five, the governor said. He also [...]

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Warner stresses bipartisan record at Shad Planking

Warner stresses bipartisan record at Shad Planking

WAKEFIELD, Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen Mark Warner touted his bipartisan bona fides Wednesday in rural Virginia at the 66th annual Shad Planking, a political rite of spring in the Old Dominion. Warner, a Democrat, told a largely Republican crowd of several hundred there are people of good will in both major political parties and [...]

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McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is shaking up the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees the third-busiest seaport on the East Coast. McAuliffe announced Thursday at a news conference in Norfolk that he’s replacing five members of the authority’s board of commissioners in attempt to improve the authority’s fiscal management and return it to [...]

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Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.An impromptu appearance in the White [...]

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Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

  ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The main opposition candidate in Algeria’s presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced. Ali Benflis told supporters at his headquarters that preliminary information indicated fraud on a grand scale with grave irregularities across the country. “Our [...]

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McAuliffe shakes up Va. Port Authority board

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe is shaking up the Virginia Port Authority, which oversees the third-busiest seaport on the East Coast. McAuliffe announced Thursday at a news conference in Norfolk that he’s replacing five members of the authority’s board of commissioners in attempt to improve the authority’s fiscal management and return it [...]

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Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

  Chelsea Clinton, the 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child this fall. There has been wide speculation about a future baby in the Clinton family. Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with Glamour [...]

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Ex-California city leader gets 12 years in prison

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former city manager of Bell was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison and ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the small, blue-collar city. Robert Rizzo apologized during sentencing in Los Angeles County Superior Court, telling Judge Kathleen Kennedy he breached [...]

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