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Various items litter the floor of the 4 Brothers Store in Sparta, N.C. after an earthquake shook much of North Carolina early Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (Michael Hull via AP)

5.1-magnitude quake hits North Carolina; no damage reported

Aug. 9, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

SPARTA, N.C. (AP) — The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years shook much of the state early Sunday, rattling homes, businesses and residents. The National Weather Service in Greenville said the 5.1-magnitude temblor struck at 8:07 a.m., following a much smaller quake...

FILE - In this Saturday, July 25, 2020, file photo, the words

States race to pass policing reforms after Floyd's death

Aug. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The death of George Floyd and widespread protests over racial injustice have prompted several states to move at a lightning pace to pass significant policing reform proposals that in some cases have languished for years. The urgency is bipartisan, as both Democratic and Republican...

Desks are spaced out in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. While Hawaii has one of the lowest rates of cases per capita in the country and many of its schools have open-air campuses, the challenges of returning kids full time to classrooms may still be insurmountable. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

The Latest: Hawaii schools to open year with remote learning

Aug. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii officials say the state’s public school students will begin the academic year with remote learning only, after a spike of coronavirus cases. Gov. David Ige said Friday that all public students will spend the first four weeks of the school year learning online from home. Officials...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks before a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty U's Falwell takes leave after social media uproar

Aug. 7, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. took an indefinite leave of absence Friday as the leader of Liberty University, one of the nation's top evangelical Christian colleges, days after apologizing for a social media post that caused an uproar even among fellow conservatives. The private university in...

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2019, file photo, Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (29) runs the ball during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Landover, Md. The Washington Football Team has released Guice after he was charged in a domestic violence incident. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

Washington releases RB Guice after domestic violence arrest

Aug. 7, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Washington Football Team released running back Derrius Guice on Friday after he was charged in multiple domestic violence incidents. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count...

Canadian held at Virginia immigration detention center dies

Aug. 7, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A 72-year-old Canadian man has died while in custody at an immigration detention center in Virginia that was the site of the largest coronavirus outbreak at a U.S. immigration facility, a federal official said. Kaitlyn Pote, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, front, gesturers during a news conference as House speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, right, and Secretary of Public safety Brian Moran, left, look on at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in granting the release of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, according to a report from the state's government watchdog agency that was initially withheld from the public. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Officer's killing: Report finds violations in parole case

Aug. 6, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Parole Board and its former chairwoman violated state law and its own policies and procedures in the case of a man convicted decades ago of killing a Richmond police officer, the state's government watchdog agency said in a report initially withheld from the public. ...

An image of George Floyd is projected on a screen in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue Tuesday July 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Change.org and the George Floyd Foundation officially launched

George Floyd's family gathers in Virginia to unveil hologram

Aug. 6, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The family of George Floyd witnessed the unveiling of a hologram in Virginia on Tuesday night, where flickering lights came together to create an image of Floyd's head and shoulders transposed over the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue. The event in Richmond on historic Monument...

FILE - This March 30, 2016 file photo shows a Hilton hotel in Richmond, Va. Hilton posted a loss of $432 million in the second quarter as the coronavirus kept travelers at home, but the company said it’s starting to see some improvement in occupancy as restrictions are lifted.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Hilton sales plunge in second quarter with travel frozen

Aug. 6, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

Hilton lost $432 million in the second quarter, and occupancy rates began to lift from dismal lows as hotels reopen and coronavirus restrictions were lifted around the world. After hitting 13% in mid-April, global hotel occupancy is now running around 45%, Hilton President and CEO Christopher Nassetta said during...

FILE - This photo provided by the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office shows Jacob Scott Goodwin of Ward, Arkansas. The Supreme Court of Virginia denied the appeals of Goodwin and Alex Michael Ramos, convicted in the 2017 brutal beating of DeAndre Harris in a Charlottesville parking garage the day of a violent white supremacist rally.  The court denied Goodwin’s petition for appeal Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, and denied Ramos’ petition for appeal in early May, according to Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring's office. (Lonoke County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Court denies 2 appeals in Charlottesville rally beating

Aug. 6, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The Supreme Court of Virginia has denied the appeals of two men convicted in the brutal beating of a Black man in a Charlottesville parking garage the day of a violent white supremacist rally. The court denied Jacob Scott Goodwin’s petition for appeal Wednesday and...