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Leader of scheme that caused bank collapse set for release

Jun. 30, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The leader of a fraud scheme that precipitated the collapse of Bank of the Commonwealth nearly a decade ago will soon be released from federal prison amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, according to court documents. Ed Woodard, the 77-year-old former bank president, has served...

This 2020 photo provided by the Fairfax County Police Department shows a 65-pound (29-kilogram) alligator snapping turtle in Alexandria, Va. The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, who was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria area, according to Fairfax County Police, has found a new home at a Virginia zoo. (Fairfax County Police Department via AP)

Oh snap! Police capture 65-pound turtle from Virginia suburb

Jun. 16, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A 65-pound (29-kilogram) alligator snapping turtle with a face only its mother could love has found a new home at a Virginia zoo after freaking out residents in a northern Virginia suburb. The turtle, dubbed Lord Fairfax, was repeatedly crossing a residential road in the Alexandria...

Feds charge man they say threatened to burn black church

Jun. 12, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities say they've arrested a North Carolina man who threatened to burn down a black church in Virginia. John Malcolm Bareswill, 63, was arrested Friday on a charged related to his alleged threat to burn down a Baptist church in Virginia Beach, the U.S. Attorney’s...

A monument to Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Va., is covered with graffiti on Sunday, May 31, 2020, after overnight protests over the death of George Floyd. Many of the city’s most prominent Confederate monuments were tagged with similar graffiti. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/ Sarah Rankin)

Protesters in some cities target Confederate monuments

May. 31, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck, targeted Confederate monuments in multiple cities. As tense protests swelled across the country Saturday into Sunday morning, monuments in...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, artifacts recovered from the Titanic sit on shelves at a storage facility in Atlanta.  A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner.  In an order released Monday, May 18, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is historically and culturally important and could soon be lost within the rapidly decaying wreck site.  (AP Photo/Angie Wang, File)

Judge: Salvage firm can recover Titanic's telegraph machine

May. 19, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a salvage firm can retrieve the Marconi wireless telegraph machine that broadcast distress calls from the sinking Titanic ocean liner. In an order released Monday, U.S. District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith agreed that the telegraph is...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks by video teleconference from U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday, May 7, 2020, with military medical specialists at civilian hospitals in New York and Connecticut. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

Esper: Pentagon ready for any new wave of coronavirus

May. 7, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Venturing beyond Washington for the first time since March, Defense Secretary Mark Esper got updated Thursday on the military’s coronavirus battle plan and declared the Pentagon ready for any new wave of infections. “We are preparing for a second wave and maybe...

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2011 file photo shows a stone seawall, lower right, on the west side of Tangier Island, Va., which protects the island's airstrip. The fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay has reported zero cases of the coronavirus. But the virus would be devastating if it were to reach the island, which has a large elderly population and no full-time doctor. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Secluded Chesapeake Bay island keeps eye on virus from afar

May. 4, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Inez Pruitt has watched the coronavirus spread throughout the world from the relative safety of Tangier Island, a small fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. But the virus is now as close it can get without crossing the water, infecting people on the Eastern Shore of...