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Today in History

Aug. 18, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2019. There are 135 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 18, 1963, James Meredith became the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi. On this date: In 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of...

Paule Marshall, novelist of diverse influences, dead at 90

Aug. 16, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paule Marshall, an exuberant and sharpened storyteller who in fiction such as "Daughters" and "Brown Girl, Brownstones" drew upon classic and vernacular literature and her mother's kitchen conversations to narrate the divides between blacks and whites, men and women and modern and...

Lawsuit challenges schools named after Confederate leaders

Aug. 16, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A local chapter of the NAACP is suing a Virginia county in an effort to change the names of schools named in honor of Confederate leaders. The Hanover County chapter of the NAACP said Friday that it was filing a federal lawsuit challenging the school names on constitutional grounds....

Survivor of 2015 on-air shooting sues Virginia TV station

Aug. 16, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

MONETA, Va. (AP) — The only survivor of a 2015 attack where a disgruntled former employee shot and killed two Virginia journalists is suing the television station whose on-camera interview she was appearing in. The Roanoke Times reports Vicki Gardner is suing WDBJ for $6 million in damages in an amended...

Earnhardt takes weekend off after plane crash near Bristol

Aug. 15, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. will take the weekend off from broadcasting to be with his wife and daughter after the three were in a plane crash landing Thursday near Bristol Motor Speedway. The 44-year-old television analyst and retired driver was taken to a hospital for evaluation after...

Lawsuit: Virginia company exploits immigrants needing bail

Aug. 15, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia company that touts its record of reuniting immigrant families is accused in a lawsuit of exploiting those same families by charging excessive fees to facilitate their release. The lawsuit filed last week in Rockingham County and announced Thursday accuses Verona-based...

Scotch whisky group drops suit against Virginia distillery

Aug. 15, 2019 4:27 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Lawyers for a trade association are dropping a federal lawsuit alleging that a Virginia distillery has improperly tried to pass off whiskey as Scotch. Attorneys for Scotch Whisky Association filed a voluntary dismissal in U.S. District Court in Delaware on Thursday. The...

Virginia: Company falsely claimed to be military charity

Aug. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A for-profit company operating in Virginia has been shut down after falsely claiming to be a charity that sent care packages to U.S. service members overseas. In a statement Wednesday, Attorney General Mark Herring's office identified the company as Hearts 2 Heroes of Bunker Hill, West...

Widows sue over troopers' deaths in helicopter crash

Aug. 14, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The widows of two Virginia state troopers killed in a helicopter crash the day of a violent white nationalist rally have sued the state and others over their husbands' deaths, alleging the aircraft was not properly maintained or repaired. Amanda Bates and Karen Cullen filed wrongful...

Adrian Peterson declines to address financial woes

Aug. 13, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Adrian Peterson says he won't be discussing financial woes that came to light over the summer. The Washington Redskins running back conducted his first interview of training camp Tuesday and declined to answer a question about pending legal action against him. Peterson was sued last...