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Virginia man home again as deportation fight continues

Jun. 14, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia man whose deportation to Israel was reversed last week is home again. Immigration attorney Patrick Taurel says Abdelhaleem Ashqar was home in Alexandria on Friday following his release from a detention center in Bowling Green, Virginia. The 60-year-old recently...

Councilman faces call for resignation for Juneteenth message

Jun. 14, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — The president of a northern Virginia NAACP branch is calling for a town councilman's resignation after he wrote a negative message on a Juneteenth proclamation rather than sign it. The Leesburg Town Council passed a resolution proclaiming June 19-20 as Juneteenth and urging residents...

After mass shooting, Virginia gov to host gun control talks

Jun. 14, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is announcing a series of public talks his administration will host in the run up to a July 9 special session on gun laws. Northam's office said Thursday that Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran and Secretary of Health and Human...

Virginia Beach tries to dispel "rumors" about mass shooting

Jun. 13, 2019 9:27 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Officials in Virginia Beach pushed back on Thursday against what they described as "rumors, innuendo, conflicting theories and speculation" about last month's mass shooting in a municipal building. But police in this coastal city of nearly half a million people were also no closer to...

W.Va. governor's companies faced with tax issues in 2 states

Jun. 13, 2019 8:08 PM EDT

BEAVER, W.Va. (AP) — A real estate company owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice's family has avoided a tax sale in Virginia by paying more than $400,000, while a county attorney in Kentucky says he's planning to sue the family's coal company for unpaid taxes. Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley filed a...

Judge won't order new trial in Maryland nuclear bunker death

Jun. 13, 2019 2:17 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — A judge on Thursday refused to order a new trial for a wealthy stock trader convicted of murder in the fiery death of a man who was helping him secretly dig tunnels for an underground nuclear bunker beneath a Maryland home. Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Schweitzer...

Virginia Lt. Gov. lawyers ask for sex assault investigation

Jun. 13, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Lawyers for Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have sent letters to prosecutors in three states asking them to open a criminal investigation into sexual assault allegations against him. In copies of the letter obtained Wednesday by news outlets, Fairfax's lawyers asked district...

Primary victor could add to Virginia Democrats' headaches

Jun. 12, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Republicans keep getting help from an unexpected source as they try to win over suburban voters unhappy with President Donald Trump: Virginia Democrats. The latest instance was Tuesday's victory by a former lawmaker who once spent his nights in jail and his days at the...

Dallas law firm places winning bid for Robert E. Lee statue

Jun. 12, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dallas-based law firm placed the winning $1.435 million bid for a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city put in an online auction almost two years after removing it from a state park. Holmes Firm PC made the top offer for the bronze sculpture, according to documents...

New-look Virginia back to work after winning NCAA title

Jun. 12, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

Tony Bennett's first offseason as a national champion coach has come with benefits on the recruiting trail. His first season at Virginia after winning the title, however, will bring challenges. Five players who helped Virginia beat Texas Tech to capture the first basketball title in school history are gone, and...