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McDonnell wants new trial over jury issues

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Thursday he should get a new trial on corruption charges because the jury in his case was potentially biased and may have acted improperly. McDonnell’s lawyers filed court documents saying U.S. District Judge James Spencer did not properly examine whether potential jurors [...]

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Group argues Redskins lawsuit should be tossed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five Native Americans are asking a Virginia judge to dismiss a lawsuit the Washington Redskins filed after the group successfully challenged the team’s name, arguing it is offensive. Lawyers for both sides were expected in federal court in Alexandria on Friday, where a judge was scheduled to hear arguments on whether the [...]

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Orbital Sciences’ stock plummets after explosion

  NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Orbital Sciences tumbled in Wednesday, October 29, morning trading after the aerospace company’s unmanned rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff on Tuesday evening. No injuries were reported. The Orbital Sciences’ Antares commercial supply rocket blew up over the beachside launch complex at Wallops [...]

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Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state [...]

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Soldier or civilian, Ebola protocols not the same

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. soldier returning from an Ebola response mission in West Africa would have to spend 21 days being monitored, isolated in a military facility away from family and the broader population. A returning civilian doctor or nurse who directly treated Ebola patients? Depends. The Pentagon has put in place the [...]

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Health overhaul’s subsidies at Supreme Court

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court justices have their first chance this week to decide whether they have the appetite for another major fight over President Barack Obama’s health care law. Some of the same players who mounted the first failed effort to kill the law altogether now want the justices to rule that subsidies [...]

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Rocket explosion setback for commercial space

  CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday, October 29, in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by [...]

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Appeals court in Va. reviewing NC abortion law

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — North Carolina’s solicitor general has urged a federal appeals court to revive a state law that would require abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the pregnant woman. John Maddrey told a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond that [...]

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Tiny Virginia college preps for big-stage debate

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Tiny Randolph-Macon College is set for its star turn Tuesday as it hosts a congressional debate between two faculty members. Republican Dave Brat, who rode a tea party-backed wave to national prominence by defeating former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a summer primary, will debate Tuesday night [...]

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Teachers for Tomorrow trains future educators

    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — William Fleming High School junior Quasmirah Allen, 17, wasn’t sitting behind a desk in a classroom listening to a teacher. Instead she was at the front of the room as a group of curious kindergartners gazed up at her. For a few minutes she was the teacher, not the [...]

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Court in Va. examines death row isolation policy

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state’s borders. U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria ruled last year that around-the-clock isolation of condemned inmates is so onerous that [...]

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