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Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

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Liberty U. dedicating new health sciences building

Liberty University is holding a dedication ceremony today for its new Center for Medical and Health Sciences building.

Convicted Va. arsonist's bid for new lawyer denied

A woman accused of setting a series of fires along Virginia's Eastern Shore has been denied a request for a new court-appointed attorney.

Investors flip fewer houses in Richmond area, but make more money

The average gross profit on flipped homes more than doubled in the second quarter compared to the same period a year. 

State regulators expect penalty for CSX oil train wreck

— State environmental regulators are in talks with CSX to negotiate the terms of a consent order that will be issued in response to the estimated 29,916 gallons of oil released into the James River during the April 30 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg.

Capital investments grow in economic development announcements

About half of the new jobs drawn here by economic development efforts are tied to the Shandong Tranlin Paper Co., which will build a massive complex in Chesterfield County. 

James River Coal selling three mining complexes for $52 million

A subsidiary of Lexington, Ky.-based Blackhawk Mining LLC is the top bidder for three mining complexes auctioned off as part of James River Coal's bankruptcy proceedings. 

McDonnell calls Williams’ claim ‘absolutely false’

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Thursday that he did not know about a $50,000 loan Jonnie R. Williams Sr. gave to his wife on May 23, 2011, until two weeks afterward.

Winchester man dead in two-vehicle collision

STEPHENS CITY -- A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Tasker Road and Queens Way on Thursday took the life of a Winchester man

McDonnell trial: ‘I was heartbroken that maybe this was the end of our marriage’

The former governor said he is staying with a parish priest in a rectory during the former first couple's corruption trial.

Two die in Buckingham Co. collision

Two drivers died in Buckingham County on Wednesday evening when a man attempted to pass a pickup truck while in a marked no-passing zone, according to Virginia State Police.

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U.S. judge strikes down Florida gay marriage ban

MIAMI  — A federal judge on Thursday declared Florida's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, joining judges across the country who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

Guidelines spell end of Ohio schools' pink cookie

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) -- New federal nutritional guidelines for school cafeterias has meant the end of a favorite - and locally famous - treat in one northeast Ohio school district....

New go-to career for New England's young: Farming

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Farming is hip in New England....

Friends: Jeffords took Vermont roots to Washington

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Friends, family and fellow politicians say the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords took his Vermont roots with him to Washington....

D.C. unveils Chuck Brown Memorial Park

A tribute to the District of Columbia's Godfather of Go-Go is being unveiled.

In Gaza, 7 more alleged Israel informants killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers.

Ice bucket challenge goes awry, Ky. firefighters hurt

Four firefighters are injured, one critically, after a ladder truck used to dump water on a university's marching became energized by a nearby power line.

UN: death toll from Syrian civil war tops 191,000

GENEVA (AP) -- The death toll from three years of Syria's civil war has risen to more than 191,000 people, the United Nations reported Friday....

Yemen's Shiite-rebel group escalate standoff

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Yemen's powerful, armed Shiite rebel group have escalated their standoff with the government, setting up tents near three ministries to press for a Cabinet reshuffle and reversal of a recent fue…

Marathon bombing suspect's friend pleads guilty

BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack....

Jell-O can't stop slippery sales slide

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it....

California to appeal ruling tossing death penalty

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- California's attorney general says she will appeal a federal court ruling that called the state's death penalty unconstitutional....

Alaska serial killer dies, decades after murders

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Convicted Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen, who gained the nickname of "the Butcher Baker" for abducting and hunting down women in the wilderness during the state's oil pipeline construction boom in the 1970s, has …

Woman who drank lye-tainted tea suffers nightmares

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A woman who was in critical condition after unknowingly sipping sweetened iced tea laced with a chemical found in drain cleaner has been steadily improving, but her husband says she's having nightmares about the moment …

Police: Couple wanted 2 Amish girls for slaves

FOWLER, N.Y. (AP) -- A northern New York couple kidnapped two Amish sisters from their family farm stand and planned to turn them into slaves, but released them after becoming frightened by news reports, an investigator said....

Oops: County wrongly figured blood-alcohol levels

SOMERSET, Pa. (AP) -- People who told police they were not that drunk while driving may have been right in one Pennsylvania county....

Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

SEATTLE (AP) -- The green-and-white ferry pulled away from the docks and churned across Puget Sound, leaving behind Seattle's waterfront. Passengers stood in the breeze on the deck or gazed out of the windows at the distant, snow-covered bulk…

Lawyer wants seized $125K wine collection back

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A lawyer convicted of selling high-end wine from his home cellar despite strict Pennsylvania liquor laws hopes to win back the seized collection before it's destroyed....

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

TWISP, Wash. (AP) -- Rain unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides and damaging homes and closing highways in north central Washington....

2 kids hurt in fall from Ferris wheel

CHELSEA, Mich. (AP) -- Authorities say two children are recovering from injuries after falling at least 15 feet from a Ferris wheel at a community fair in southeastern Michigan....

Alabama teacher suspended after shooting lesson

SELMA, Ala. (AP) -- An Alabama teacher was suspended without pay after being accused of having sixth-grade students re-enact the deadly police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Trayvon Martin killing in Florida....

Suspect in killing cites 'stand your ground' law

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- A prosecutor says an Alabama man accused of stabbing his cousin to death over borrowed movies is citing the state's "stand your ground" law in asking that the case be dismissed....

Ex-Va. governor: CEO's loans not inappropriate

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday that there was nothing inappropriate about taking two loans totaling $70,000 from a wealthy vitamin entrepreneur who had asked nothing of him other than calling his father o…

1990 arson-murder rap tossed, man is set free

A former New York businessman whose arson-murder conviction was overturned in the death of his daughter was freed from prison Friday after 24 years behind bars, following a judge's ruling that the case against him had been based on now-debunk…

Vegas' storied Sahara casino reborn, transformed

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- The Moroccan-themed Sahara casino that once hosted Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the Beatles seemed a lost cause in 2011, when its owners declared the 59-year-old property unprofitable and shut it down with little more than…

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