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Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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Woman delivers infant along I-66 in Arlington

Fire officials say a woman gave birth to a baby girl in a car along eastbound Interstate 66 in Arlington.

Man ruled unable to aid defense in Henrico case

— An Ethiopian native who police say attacked two waitresses at a West End Starbucks last month has been found mentally incapable of assisting in his defense.

Louisa man pleads guilty in theft of heat pumps

 

VCU consultant suggested first lady move out of mansion

A consultant from Virginia Commonwealth University suggested that first lady Maureen McDonnell move from the Executive Mansion back to the family’s Wyndham home in Henrico County to help alleviate her stress.

Rocky Mount man convicted in case of badly burned child

A Rocky Mount man was found guilty this week of two counts of felony child neglect and child endangerment after a 2-year-old boy in his care suffered second-degree burns in an overly hot bath.

Sides get 20 minutes to argue prayer case

Attorneys in the Pittsylvania County public prayer case will present oral arguments Oct. 28 in the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

HomeTrust, HomeTown banks settle name dispute

A North Carolina bank accused by a Roanoke bank of improperly barging into the local market will put the words "Roanoke Division" on its area locations and advertising to end a name dispute.

McDonnell testifies: 'Very little' done for Star

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell began telling his side of the story in his corruption trial, saying supplement maker Jonnie Williams Sr. did not receive special treatment.

Central Virginia Regional Jail death spurs investigation

Investigators are piecing together how a Culpeper man died while incarcerated at the Central Virginia Regional Jail, state police said Tuesday.

Liberty University, Lynchburg-area schools screening for Ebola

Liberty University is screening international students for the Ebola virus.

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U.S. special ops tried but failed to find hostages

President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, officials say.

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

Holder offers reassurance in Ferguson

To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

Hearing set in Amish girls' kidnapping in NY

ALBANY, N.Y.  — A woman accused along with her boyfriend of abducting two young Amish sisters from a farm stand and sexually abusing them is due in court for a preliminary hearing.

Israeli airstrike kills 3 senior Hamas leaders

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior commanders of the Hamas military wing today, delivering a likely blow to the organization's morale and highlighting the long reach of Israel's intelligence services.

5 Ukrainian troops killed; fierce battles reported

Five troops were killed and two civilians died in the past 24 hours in rebel-held areas of eastern Ukraine as government troops pressed to recapture more territory from pro-Russian separatists.

Flooding in Nepal kills tourist from Va., capsizes boat

An American tourist died trying to cross a flooded river in Nepal today, and two people were missing from a crowded boat that capsized on another river swollen by monsoon rains in the Himalayan country.

Voice, image give clues in hunt for journalist James Foley's killer

The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible.

Obama weighs broader move on legal immigration

 President Barack Obama is considering key changes in the nation's immigration system requested by tech, industry and powerful interest groups, in a move that could blunt Republicans' election-year criticism of the president's go-it-alone approach to immigration.

2 American Ebola patients released from hospital

A doctor at the hospital that treated two American aid workers who were infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Africa says their discharge poses no public health risk.

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...

Guide to developments in Missouri police shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Protesters have gathered daily, with some crowds turning violent, since a police officer fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Here's a look at key elements of the shooting…

Key events following the death of Michael Brown

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri....

Feds order reinstatement of nuclear whistleblower

SEATTLE (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor to reinstate a worker who the department says was fired for voicing concerns about nuclear and environmental safety, officials announced Wednesday....

Palestinian banner unfurled on NYC bridge

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge were surprised when a giant flag in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge....

Noodles: Friend or foe? S. Koreans defend diet

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts - in the noodles. Drunk and hungry just after dawn, he rips the lid off a bowl of his beloved fast food, wobbling on his fe…

Voice, image give clues in hunt for Foley's killer

LONDON (AP) -- The Islamic militant in a video showing the death of American journalist James Foley took great care to disguise his identity, dressing head-to-toe in black, with a mask leaving only his eyes visible....

Indonesian court rejects election loser's appeal

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia's top court on Thursday rejected an appeal by the losing candidate in last month's presidential election over alleged voting irregularities, removing any uncertainty around the victory of Jakarta Gov. Joko…

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 state judges in four counties who have sided with gay couples wishing to tie the knot.

Greek archaeology site sparks intense interest

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Archaeologists excavating a large burial mound in northern Greece that has captivated the public's imagination have asked politicians and others seeking guided tours of the site to leave them in peace....

Ecologists team up to buy Texas bayside ranch

HOUSTON (AP) -- A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday....

Man charged with leaving 3 kids in car outside bar

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a Florida man is accused of leaving his three children in a car for hours outside a bar while he got drunk inside....

Hostess closing bakery that created the Twinkie

CHICAGO (AP) -- Hostess Brands plans to close the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented in 1930, cutting 400 jobs and shuttering a piece of American baking history....

10 Things to See: A week of top AP photos

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see....

Of 163 arrests since shooting, 7 from Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) -- Police records show that 163 arrests have been made in the Ferguson protest zone since the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, but just seven are residents of the St. Louis suburb....

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