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US average mortgage rates under 3% for first time since Feb.

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Mortgage rates fell for the third straight week, dipping below 3% for the first time in two months. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the benchmark 30-year home-loan rate declined to 2.97% this week from 3.04% last week. At this time...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Amazon planning new fulfillment center, promising 1,000 jobs

Apr. 22, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Amazon is planning to build a new distribution center in suburban Richmond that state officials expect will create 1,000 new jobs. The company will construct a 650,000-square-foot facility near the Richmond Raceway in Henrico County that will...

Northam rolls back restrictions on bar seating

Apr. 22, 2021 09:22 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has rolled back restrictions on bar seating that have been in place since the start of the pandemic. The changes were contained in an amended executive order signed Wednesday, The Virginian-Pilot reported. ...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 07:55 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Three men accused of slaughtering goats sentenced to prison

Apr. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Three men who participated in the slaughter of two goats in Virginia last year have been sentenced to at least three years in prison, according to a prosecutor. Andrew J. Haefele, 37, Donald Ray Compton Jr., 35, and Charles E. McKinney, 35,...

Man hospitalized after being shot by Virginia deputy

Apr. 21, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia deputy shot and wounded a man after responding to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning, authorities said. Sgt. Brent Coffey, a Virginia State Police spokesman, wrote in an email that the deputy...

Virginia city fires police officer over Rittenhouse donation

Apr. 21, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia city of Norfolk has fired a police lieutenant after news reports that said he donated to and expressed support for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of killing two people during a police brutality protest in Wisconsin last summer. ...

Virginia agrees to absentee ballot option for blind voters

Apr. 21, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia election officials have agreed to permanently provide an absentee ballot option for blind voters. The agreement comes after several voters with disabilities, the American Council of the Blind of Virginia, and the National Federation of the...

Official: Virginia mental hospitals dangerously full

Apr. 21, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia mental hospitals are struggling with dangerously high numbers of patients, a state official told lawmakers this week. The census numbers are prompting the facilities to delay admissions and are straining law enforcement's ability to...