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FILE - In this May 4, 2017 file photo, signs for the Hyatt Place hotel mark its location in Carnberry, Pa. U.S. hotel demand likely won’t see a full recovery until 2023, according to a new forecast from travel data company STR and consultant Tourism Economics. The two firms say they expect average hotel occupancy of 40% this year, slowly climbing to 52% in 2021.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Forecast says US hotel occupancy may not recover until 2023

Aug. 13, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

U.S. hotel demand likely won’t see a full recovery until 2023, according to a new forecast from travel data company STR and consultant Tourism Economics. The two firms said Thursday they expect average hotel occupancy of 40% this year, slowly climbing to 52% in 2021. That’s down from a healthy 66%...

House Dems look to pass paid sick leave in special session

Aug. 13, 2020 2:09 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia House Democrats are planning to use an upcoming special session to mandate employers provide paid sick days, along with several other priorities. The Democratic majority unveiled its agenda Thursday for a special session set to start next week. The session was initially...

Police: 4 people charged after 2 goats found killed

Aug. 13, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. (AP) — Four people have been charged after two goats were fatally attacked by dogs and someone wielding a spiked bat and what appeared to be a machete, authorities in Virginia said. The charges were filed in Spotsylvania County, The Free Lance-Star reported Monday. Sheriff’s Capt....

Police: Man fatally shot himself in struggle with troopers

Aug. 13, 2020 7:37 AM EDT

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A man in Virginia fatally shot himself when he fired multiple gunshots during a struggle with state troopers attempting to take him into custody, authorities said. The shooting happened Wednesday night in Virginia Beach after a trooper attempted to stop the man while he was...

Healthcare systems in Virginia, North Carolina plan to merge

Aug. 12, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare and North Carolina-based Cone Health have announced plans to merge, a move that would pair systems with a combined worth of $11.5 billion. After about 18 months of talks, the Norfolk-based company took the first step on Tuesday toward consolidating its...

FBI investigates shooting of military helicopter in Virginia

Aug. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week in northern Virginia, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday. The Air Force helicopter was flying over Middleburg on Monday when it was shot from the ground...

Police ID teen's remains found in Virginia landfill in 1986

Aug. 12, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say they've identified human remains that were found more than three decades ago in a Chesterfield County landfill. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that Chesterfield police said the remains belonged to 16-year-old Christy Lynn Floyd. They were...

Police: 4 charged with rioting following Richmond protests

Aug. 12, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Four people have been arrested following a night of protests in Virginia’s capital city that saw several businesses damaged and properties defaced, police announced Wednesday. Images published by The Richmond Times-Dispatch show smashed windows at businesses and a courthouse...

Virginia city council votes to remove Confederate monument

Aug. 12, 2020 7:39 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city council voted to remove a Confederate monument that has stood in the city for more than a century. The Newport News City Council agreed to take down the figure in a 6-1 vote Tuesday, two months after city workers covered the statue in tarp due to demonstrations in...

New sentencing ordered for American who joined Islamic State

Aug. 11, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — An appeals court has ordered a new sentencing hearing for an American who joined the Islamic State and was given 20 years in prison after his capture. When he was sentenced in 2017, Mohamad Khweis was the only American citizen to be convicted in a U.S. jury trial of successfully...