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FBI adds alleged al-Shabab recruiter from Virginia to most-wanted terrorist list

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. –  The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, [...]

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Josh Earnest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling for an investment to move away from one-size-fits-all-medicine, toward an approach that tailors treatment to your genes. The White House said Friday that Obama will ask Congress for $215 million for what he’s calling a precision medicine initiative. The ambitious goal: Scientists will assemble databases [...]

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Norfolk State leader says school addressing problems

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk State University interim President Eddie Moore Jr. says the school is addressing problems that led to it being put on probation. Media outlets report that Moore met with the campus community on Tuesday to discuss a report from the school’s accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. [...]

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Va. to pay $520K to lawyers in same-sex marriage case

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia will pay $520,000 to the lawyers for two same-sex couples who successfully challenged the state’s gay marriage ban. The settlement agreement was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Norfolk. The attorneys had sought more than $1.7 million. The law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher will receive $459,000. Shuttleworth, [...]

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White House drops plan to scale back college savings plans

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is dropping a proposal to scale back the tax benefits of college savings plans amid a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats. President Barack Obama made the proposal last week as part of his State of the Union address. It was part of Obama’s plan [...]

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Bill to cut number of school tests fails in Senate committee

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An attempt to reduce the number of required standardized tests taken by Virginia schoolchildren has failed in a Virginia Senate committee. Sen. John Miller’s bill would have cut the number of high-stakes Standards of Learning tests to the minimum required by federal law. Miller, a Newport News Democrat, said the [...]

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Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man

  ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, [...]

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Va. middle school students participating in NASA challenge

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Students at nine Virginia middle schools are participating in a NASA program to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education says the state is one of ten chosen by NASA and the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the 2014-2015 Engineering Design Challenge. Officials say [...]

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Police: Use of force in dog attack ‘unreasonable’

  NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — An official investigating the arrest of a Virginia woman who said she was bitten by a police dog several times after leaving a party has determined that the use of force in the incident was unreasonable. London Colvin, an Army reservist and Norfolk State University student, had been knocked down by a partygoer [...]

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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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