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University of Virginia under new COVID-19 restrictions

Sep. 23, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The president of the University of Virginia has announced new COVID-19 restrictions which he describes as mostly preemptive because students have been doing the right thing. UVa president Jim Ryan announced the new restrictions in a video on Tuesday, and they went into effect on...

Appeals court rejects rehearing in transgender bathroom case

Sep. 23, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday denied a request for a full-court review of a ruling that a Virginia school board's transgender bathroom ban is unconstitutional. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond rejected a request from the Gloucester County School Board for a...

FILE - In this July 11, 2019 file photo, Tanya Gersh, a Montana real estate agent, embraces her father Lloyd Rosenstein following a hearing at the Russell Smith Federal Courthouse in Missoula.  The real estate agent’s attorneys are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect on a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic harassment campaign that he orchestrated online against the Jewish woman and her family.  (Ben Allen/The Missoulian via AP)

Lawyers eye neo-Nazi website founder's assets for $14M award

Sep. 23, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Attorneys for a Montana real estate agent are eyeing the assets of a neo-Nazi website operator to collect a $14 million court judgment against the man for an anti-Semitic online “troll storm” that he orchestrated against the Jewish woman and her family, court filings show. More than a year has...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2003, file photo, John Hinckley Jr. arrives at U.S. District Court in Washington. Hinckley, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan may soon get the most freedom he's had since since the shooting outside a Washington hotel in 1981. A lawyer for Hinckley Jr. and U.S. attorneys are discussing a possible agreement that would substantially reduce the conditions of Hinckley's release from a mental hospital in 2016, according to federal court hearing on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Restrictions may be loosened even further for John Hinckley

Sep. 23, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan may soon get the most freedom he's had since since the shooting outside a Washington hotel in 1981. A lawyer for John Hinckley Jr. is discussing a possible agreement with U.S. attorneys that would substantially reduce conditions imposed on him after his...

In this Sept. 23, 1970, photo provided the Houston Library, tennis players hold up $1 bills after signing a contract with World Tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman to turn pro and start the Virginia Slims tennis circuit. From left standing are: Valerie Ziegenfuss, Billie Jean King, Nancy Richey and Peaches Bartkowicz. From left seated are: Judy Tegart Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Rosie Casals, Gladys Heldman and Kristy Pigeon. Gladys Heldman replaced her daughter, Julie Heldman, who was injured and unable to pose for the 1970 photo.  It’s the 50th anniversary of Billie Jean King and eight other women breaking away from the tennis establishment in 1970 and signing a $1 contract to form the Virginia Slims circuit. That led to the WTA Tour, which offers millions in prize money. (Bela Ugrin/Courtesy Houston Library via AP)

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

Sep. 23, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970. It helped launch the WTA Tour, which now offers millions in...

People pay respects as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose under the Portico at the top of the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Sept. 18. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

'Rock star' appeals judge Allison Rushing in high court mix

Sep. 23, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Called both a legal “rock star” by Republican senators and an “ideological extremist” by critics, Allison Jones Rushing had already landed what most lawyers would consider a career-defining position before turning 40. But the Trump administration may have...

Ten inmate deaths reported at Virginia prison from COVID-19

Sep. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ten inmates at a Virginia prison which holds many elderly and otherwise vulnerable inmates have died from COVID-19, officials said. Deerfield Correctional Center, which is located in Capron, 69 miles (111 kilometers) south of Richmond, has an assisted living unit and infirmary and...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 file photo, a group of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter demonstrators march in front of the Rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia in anticipation of the anniversary of the previous year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. Rutgers University historian Mark Bray, author of the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” said there are well organized, tightly knit antifa groups that have operated for years. “But that’s different from saying that the politics of antifa is just one single, monolithic organization, which is obviously false,” said Bray, whose book traces the history and evolution of the movement. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Trump, social media, right-wing news stir up antifa scares

Sep. 23, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

LEITCHFIELD, Ky. (AP) — The group gathered around the town square, waiting for the arrival of what has become a new American boogeyman: antifa. Michael Johnson and others were certain that school buses full of radical left-wing extremists from big cities were coming to Leitchfield, Kentucky, where about 50...

FILE - This July 3, 2019 file photo, shows James Jordan after a competency hearing at the U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Va.  Jordan, charged with killing an Appalachian Trail hiker and attacking another with a hunting knife in Virginia, plans to use an insanity defense at his trial. He is scheduled to go on trial in January 2021 in the 2019 killing of Ronald Sanchez Jr., 43, of Oklahoma City, and the wounding of a female hiker.  (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)

Insanity defense planned in Appalachian Trail killing

Sep. 23, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with killing an Appalachian Trail hiker and attacking another with a hunting knife in Virginia plans to use an insanity defense at his trial. James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, is scheduled to go on trial in January in the 2019 killing of Ronald...

President Trump to hold rally on Friday in Newport News

Sep. 23, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump will be holding a rally in the southeastern Virginia city of Newport News. The Virginian-Pilot reports that Friday evening's rally will be at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport. The campaign stop will fall in between visits in to Florida and...