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FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: China reports 42 new cases of coronavirus

Apr. 9, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — China reports 42 new cases of coronavirus. —...

FILE - In this March 24 , 2020, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. The university, led by Jerry Falwell Jr., is pushing for criminal trespassing charges to be lodged against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Liberty University pressing charges against journalists

Apr. 9, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Liberty University has pushed for criminal trespassing charges against two journalists who pursued stories about why the evangelical college in Virginia has remained partially open during the coronavirus outbreak. The college, in Lynchburg, Virginia, is led by Jerry Falwell Jr., a supporter...

An empty sanctuary awaits parishioners on Palm Sunday at Saint Mary's Catholic Church Sunday April 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. The church is not holding Mass but is opening the sanctuary for prayer. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Judge rejects lawsuit over order; no religious exemption

Apr. 9, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A judge in southwest Virginia on Thursday ejected a lawsuit that sought to carve ought a religious exemption to Gov. Ralph Northam's executive order requiring people to stay at home. Russell County resident Larry Hughes filed the lawsuit this week. He said the governor's...

This Friday, March 27, 2020 photo shows the Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Richmond, Va.  The Center is dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. Officials said Thursday that a few residents have died and dozens are showing symptoms. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Deaths at Virginia care facility with outbreak climb to 39

Apr. 9, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Six more residents of a Virginia long-term care facility have died, bringing the death toll there amid a coronavirus outbreak to 39, an employee said Thursday. “Our hearts go out to the families of those who have passed, and we deeply feel the loss within our community,”...

Over 42,000 customers without power after Virginia storms

Apr. 9, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

Energy providers in Virginia began restoring power to thousands of residents who lost electricity after a line of thunderstorms rumbled through the state early Thursday. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Dominion Energy reported 12,849 customers without electricity in its coverage area, part of which includes northeastern...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday April 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Northam gave an update on his COVID-19 plans. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Margs-To-Go: Restaurants can serve cocktails with takeout

Apr. 9, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Virginia residents order takeout, they can now tack on a mezcal margarita or springtime sangria. Gov. Ralph Northam announced restaurants and distilleries can sell mixed beverages with takeout or delivery orders starting Thursday, news outlets reported. Northam said the addition...

Feds: Online drug dealer boasted venture unfazed by pandemic

Apr. 9, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Maryland man has been arrested after federal prosecutors accused him of selling large-scale quantities of narcotics and other drugs over the internet. William Burgamy, 32, of Hanover, Maryland, was arrested Thursday and charged with illegal distribution of controlled substances and...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Northam gave an update on his COVID-19 plans. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Weekly jobless claims in Virginia approach 150,000

Apr. 9, 2020 3:07 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Nearly 150,000 Virginians filed unemployment claims in the last week, the third straight week of record-setting claims in reaction to the coronavirus outbreak. The U.S. Department of Labor said Thursday that 149,758 claims were filed in the state in the week ending April 4. That's...

Police: Man fatally shot during shootout with officers

Apr. 9, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (AP) — A man in Virginia was shot and killed during a shootout with officers following a traffic stop, police said Thursday. The Progress-Index reports that the man was suspected of breaking into vehicles in the city of Colonial Heights, which is south of Richmond. Police Sgt. Renee...

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam gestures during a news conference at the Capitol Wednesday April 8, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Northam gave an update on his COVID-19 plans. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Nation's only doctor governor offers sober voice on virus

Apr. 9, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and his top aides were having a meeting about the coronavirus when the discussion turned to neckties. The governor said he had read a study in a medical journal showing that ties worn by doctors at hospitals can host harmful germs and help spread disease. So...