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Monday, Sep. 1, 2014

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Former Culpeper mayor appeals sexual battery conviction

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — Former Culpeper Mayor Chip Coleman is appealing a sexual battery conviction.

Bakken crude oil production relies on rail shipments

The frequency and volume of Bakken crude rail shipments are driven by oil production in North Dakota that is second only to Texas in the U.S. Production there rose from 81,000 barrels a day in 2006 to 900,000 barrels a day last year.

Oil train wrecks prompt scrutiny

The crude oil shipments travel through some of the most highly populated, historic and environmentally sensitive areas of Virginia, including the heart of downtown Richmond along the James.

Memorable moments in Week 5 of the McDonnell trial

Prosecutors’ cross-examination of Bob McDonnell offered moments of high drama, as when the former governor asserted his innocence Tuesday.

Schapiro: Conviction or not, McDonnell scandal alters Virginia politics

No verdict is necessary in the Bob and Maureen McDonnell corruption case to know that the wrenching scandal is certain to change Virginia politics. It will probably get worse before it gets better.

Va. facility processes crab blood for med tests

Wako Chemicals’ Cape Charles facility extracts the naturally pale blue blood of horseshoe crabs and processes it to yield a protein used in the medical industry to test instruments, implants and pharmaceuticals.

Whose 'truth' will McDonnell jurors believe?

The political corruption charges against the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife rest with a 12-member jury that will begin deliberating Tuesday.

Local salamanders could shed light on life under climate change

Does a rough life as a youngster foretell hard times as an adult? 

Former worker at boarding school in Caroline convicted of sex crime

BOWLING GREEN A former program director at a faith-based boarding school for troubled teens in Virginia was convicted of sexual battery.

Equipment falls off flatbed truck in Newport News, killing N.C. man

NEWPORT NEWS Police in Newport News said a man died after a metal object from a flatbed truck fell on him.

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Military action leaves Lesotho in power vacuum

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The king of Lesotho is taking action to fill a power vacuum after the military's actions over the weekend caused the prime minister to flee the mountainous African country....

UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

GENEVA (AP) -- Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq....

Protesters clash with Pakistan police, storm TV

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistani anti-government protesters stormed the state TV building on Monday, forcing the channel briefly off the air as they clashed with police and pushed further into a sprawling government complex in the capital, Islamab…

Moscow: Ukraine talks must back cease-fire now

MOSCOW (AP) -- Diplomats at a new round of talks on easing the crisis in Ukraine must push for an immediate, unconditional cease-fire between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian separatists, Russia's foreign minister said Monday....

China anti-dissent playbook may fail in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) -- China's Communist leaders have pulled out their usual playbook to suppress resistance to their plans to tightly limit the first direct election of Hong Kong's leader, but are likely to find that the results are quite different....

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-…

Liberia extends stay-home order amid Ebola crisis

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president ordered most civil servants to stay home another month in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, according to a statement released Monday....

NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia

BRUSSELS (AP) -- NATO leaders this week will be asked to approve creation of a high-readiness force and the stockpiling of military equipment and supplies in Eastern Europe to help protect member nations there against potential Russian aggres…

Islamic State group becomes target of Arab satire

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The bumbling young militant first drops the rocket launcher on the toes of his boss before taking aim and firing toward a military checkpoint outside of an Iraqi town - not realizing he's fired it backward at his leader....

Syrian rebels, government clash in Golan Heights

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said....

Family of ill UK boy accuses officials of cruelty

LONDON (AP) -- The grandmother of a British boy with a severe brain tumor has accused UK authorities of cruelty for seeking an arrest warrant and pursuing the family abroad after his parents removed him from a British hospital against medical…

Turkey summons US diplomat over spying report

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Turkish foreign ministry has summoned the most senior U.S. diplomat in the country for clarification of a report about American and British spying in Turkey....

Shootings reported by NYC West Indian parade route

NEW YORK (AP) -- Several shootings have been reported near the route of New York City's West Indian Day Parade just hours before its start....

Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) -- The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel....

Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

ERIE, Colo. (AP) -- All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said....

A timeline of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel

A look at key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel:...

Texas' Perry says disparaging tweet unauthorized

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A tweet from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry's verified account on Sunday night included a disparaging image of the Democratic district attorney who is at the center of his criminal indictment on charges of abuse of pow…

US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law. But lawyers and advocates appeared to disagree about whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion cl…

Islamist militia now guards U.S. Embassy compound in Libya

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- An Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya's capital now guards the U.S. Embassy and its residential compound, a commander said Sunday, as onlookers toured the abandoned homes of diplomats who fled the country more...

Search for pilot who crashed off Va. shore halted

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore....

Armored truck overturns, spilling bags of money

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) -- Police say an armored truck overturned on a Rhode Island highway, spilling bags of money that quickly drew passers-by....

5 things to know about former Va. governor trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Jurors will begin deliberations Tuesday in the public corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who could face decades in prison and millions of dollars in fines if convicted....

Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies

VERONA, Wis. (AP) -- There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison....

Detroit raced toward this week's bankruptcy trial

DETROIT (AP) -- It took decades of mismanagement, malfeasance and meltdowns in its bread-and-butter manufacturing sector for Detroit to hit fiscal rock bottom. The path to exit bankruptcy could take less than a year and a half....

Ferguson's flashpoint sparks national outrage

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united b…

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