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Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database

Feb. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said the Defense Department has failed to make public...

San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon skates during the second period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Capitals acquire defenseman Brenden Dillon from Sharks

Feb. 18, 2020 4:10 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals bolstered their blue line Tuesday by acquiring veteran defenseman Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks. Washington sent Colorado's 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-rounder to San Jose for the pending unrestricted free agent. The Sharks are...

Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event at Durango Hills Community Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's urgent to fight white supremacy

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 1 p.m. Pete Buttigieg says he’d use the “symbolic powers of the presidency” to call out and reject anti-Semitism, saying it's urgent to confront white supremacy. Buttigieg said at a Las Vegas town hall...

FILE - In this file image from a Jan. 1, 2020, surveillance video released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland, Brian Mark Lemley Jr, right, and Patrik Mathews leave a store in Delaware where they purchased ammunition and paper shooting targets. The pair, along with William Garfield Bilbrough IV, were arrested in January and are accused of plotting to commit violence at a Virginia gun rights rally. Lemley and Bilbrough pleaded not guilty in Federal court in Greenbelt, Md., on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and Mathews was scheduled for arraignment later in the day. (U.S. Attorney via AP, File)

Men linked to white supremacist group plead not guilty

Feb. 18, 2020 2:24 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Three men accused of being members of a violent white supremacist group called The Base pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges in a federal indictment in Maryland. Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews, 27; and Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, Maryland; entered...

Authorities find 21 dead hunting dogs in Virginia

Feb. 18, 2020 2:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say they've found 21 dead hunting dogs and charged their owner with felony animal cruelty. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that one dog was found alive and is expected to fully recover. The dogs were a breed that’s often called Walkers or Walker...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 photo, India Meissel, a history teacher and past president of the National Council on Social Studies, gestures during her class at Lakewood High School in Suffolk, Va. Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia is defending a recent partnership with the nonprofit educational group Izzit.org, in producing a video presentation from a conservative federal judge on the Constitution. Izzit.org is facing criticism that its materials are ideologically skewed. Meissel said some teachers might use Izzit material and see a need to balance it out with a different perspective. “A good teacher presents both sides,” she said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Videos used by schools question minimum wage, climate change

Feb. 18, 2020 12:19 PM EST

The federal judge's message to an assembly of social studies students at a Virginia high school seemed straightforward: Courts too often meddle in the affairs of private commerce. The senior appellate judge, Douglas Ginsburg, was talking about the Constitution, telling students how the courts got it wrong by...

Diocese to offer settlements to victims who won't sue

Feb. 18, 2020 11:33 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond says it will offer monetary settlements to sexual abuse victims if they give up the right to sue. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the diocese announced the offer on Monday. Richmond Bishop Barry Knestout said in a press release that the offer...

Cat shot in the head with arrow undergoes emergency surgery

Feb. 18, 2020 9:52 AM EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — An animal welfare group in Virginia has removed an arrow from the head of a cat that had been wounded in West Virginia. The Washington Post reports that the Animal Welfare League of Arlington performed the surgery on Sunday. The arrow failed to penetrate any major organs or...

Gov. Northam awards grants for computer science education

Feb. 18, 2020 4:07 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced new school grants aimed at promoting computer science education. Northam said Monday he had approved a total of $1.3 million in grants to a number of public schools and colleges. Lawmakers authorized the grants last year, which are to be used...

Conference aimed at teaching veterans how to become farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 AM EST

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University is sponsoring a two-day conference designed to help military veterans who are starting new careers as farmers. The university's Small Farm Outreach Program is teaming up with the Farmer Veteran Coalition to host “Boots to Roots” March...